Reviewed by Debbie Lowndes
Sweet Charity is in short, a terrific musical film. Which is based upon the 1957 film The Nights of Cabiria. The production was a hit musical on Broadway in 1966. The musical centres around a prostitute living within Rome whom has been scorned by her boyfriend when he pushes her into the river and takes off with her purse contains her hard earned cash! The lead character Charity, played by Rebecca Trehearn, is a feisty taxi-dancer in a seedy New York bar who is desperate to turn her life around and find true love. Charity is basically a relatable working-class female who is searching for her happy ending and she is not afraid to make mistakes along the way.
After the river experience Charity realises she has been done over and becomes anti men. Then one evening following work this changes as she stumbles upon Vittorio Vidal who is having a heated argument with his girlfriend. The next thing she finds herself being spending time with him in a club, which is followed by her leaving and going home with him. She is charmed by his gentle mannerisms and obtains momentous from him to prove to her for friends that she has spent time in his company. He is however besotted with husband girlfriend and she unexpectedly turns up at his gaff. At this point Charity makes a speedy exit to the dressing room for a few hours – this was an amusing scene. Her final chance of love comes following being trapped within a lift with Oscar Lindquist – Marc Elliott (former EastEnders cast member). Oscar is a funny man who is panicky but yet supportive. I am not going to elaborate any further as I not want to give too much away about the musical. I don’t want to spoil it for others. The singing, dancing, stage scenes, costumes and band were brilliant. The musical was top quality and captivating.
The playhouse itself is inviting with a good atmosphere. It is easy to find with parking close by which is very reasonably priced. Refreshments are competitively priced and during the intervals queues were kept to a minimum as there were many bar stations.
It was an enjoyable evening and very well directed and choreographed. Well done to everyone involved, you should be proud! I will be recommending to others.
Tickets cost from £8.50 to £45 (booking fees may apply).
The Broadway Musical – Sweet Charity is at the Nottingham Playhouse from 31 August to 22 September 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 941 9419.
Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF | 0115 941 9419