Sweet Charity

Luckiest Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Hayes Theatre Co, Sydney
February-March 2014

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano

Directed by Dean Bryant

Produced by Lisa Campbell, Richard Carroll and Neil Gooding

Best Musical
Best Actress in a Musical
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Best Actress in a Musical
Best Director of a Musical
Best Choreography

“A fresh, thrilling production… Verity Hunt-Ballard gives a radiant, endearing performance; sensationally sung and danced, with knockout comic timing… Don’t miss it.”

– Sunday Telegraph

“‘She’s so vital and brimming with life’ says Vittorio Vidal to Charity – but those same words could easily sum up the joy of this new production. Director Dean Bryant has done a magnificent job… Verity Hunt Ballard is simply wonderful as Charity, smart and sassy one minute, heartbreakingly hopeful the next, and she sings like an angel… They’ve succeeded in making Sweet Charity feel fresh and new once again. I haven’t been this excited about musical theatre in Sydney for a long time and Hayes Theatre Company is the reason. Do yourself a favour and book a seat.”

– Daily Telegraph

“Downsized, dirtied up and over-flowing with music-theatre talent… there is little to match the thrill of theatre seen right up close… the work done by this small, highly expert team is exceptional.”

– The Australian

“The words “must-see” are bandied about all too often nowadays, but this is a truly exhilarating experience… Under Dean Bryant’s direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable… Verity Hunt-Ballard is revelatory as Charity… One day you’ll want to be able to say you were there when it all began.”

– Daily Review

“This isn’t a replica. This is a re-structure and a call to arms… It’s all glorious. Raw and new and unavoidable; bombastic and sexy and addictive… A musical theatre revolution is coming, and its home is the Hayes Theatre. Sweet Charity is a near-perfect production, and the company shows infinite promise for the future. Trust me, if you’re not on this bandwagon yet, you should jump on it now before you miss it.”

– Aussie Theatre

“Brilliant, ballsy, and unmissable – an astonishing version of the American classic… Dean Bryant and Andrew Worboys have crafted a version that makes the experience complete and thrilling… Run as fast as you can.”

– Stage Noise

“Musical theatre doesn’t come any better than this… A production in which I simply can’t find a fault.”

– Stage Whispers

Images by Kurt Sneddon