Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin.

It is based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. However, where Fellini’s black-and-white Italian film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful prostitute, in the musical the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.

The movie/show was adapted for the screen in 1969 with Shirley MacLaine as Charity and John McMartin recreating his Broadway role as Oscar Lindquist. Bob Fosse directed and choreographed this film.

source: Wikipedia

Sweet Charity (2010) Performances

Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, May 23, 2010 @ 2:00pm

Edmund Keefe Auditorium (in Elm Street School)
117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH (map it)


  • Director Paul Metzger
  • Musical Director Blake Leister
  • Choreographer Donna O’Bryant Metzger
  • Producer Silvia Harper
  • Stage Manager Steven Harper
  • Technical Directors Dennis Schneider, Steven Harper
  • Set Designer Jim Webber
  • Lighting Designer Rick Brooks
  • Sound Designer Dan Murphy
  • Costumer Margaret Mahony
  • Costume Assistants Alice Pascucci, Raelene Liljeberg
  • Hair Jessica Scalese
  • Properties Leo Choquette (lead), Gretchen Gray, Gayle Bridgford, Catherine Andruskevich, Chuck Emmons, Lorraine Louie, Shannon Rotthoff
  • Publicity Silvia Harper, Donna O’Bryant Metzger
  • Tickets Kerry Schneider, Silvia Harper, David Miller, Sopheavy Miller, Mike Ryder, Raelene Liljeberg, Howie Levine, Jackie Levine
  • Set Construction Steve Pierpont (lead), Larry Dorion, Joe Reilly, John McAllister, Leo Choquette, Elaine Hamel, Chuck Emmons, Josh Dennis, Paul Metzger, Matt Metzger, Margaret Metzger, Aaron Compagna, Erik Skoglund, Jim Woolsey
  • Set Painting Catherine Andruskevich, Lorraine Louie, Erik Skoglund, Rachel Cerrulo, Joe Iaquinta, Chuck Emmons, Donna O’Bryant Metzger, Margaret Metzger, Jim Woolsey
  • Spot Operators John Franzini, Joe Reilly
  • Lighting Crew Rick Brooks, Tom Ritrovato
  • Sound Crew Alan Amaral, Mike O’Keefe
  • Stage Crew Alison Duhamel, Josh Dennis, Tim Lord, Bob LeRette, Steve Pierpont, Catherine Andruskevich, Elizabeth Mueller, Jason Standley
  • Flys Lou Duhamel
  • Cast Photography Moe Kirk Photography
  • Poster Design MJ Anderson
  • Program Silvia Harper
  • Ushers Ellie Risley
  • Subscriptions Kerry Schneider
  • Webmaster Jared Holland
  • Cast Coordinator Lisa Owen
  • Cast Refreshments Dan Pelletier
  • Cast Party Sarah Vasques
  • Rehearsal Accompanists Blake Leister, Elizabeth Blood
  • Audition Board Amy Friedman (Chair), Paul Metzger, Donna O’Bryant Metzger, Blake Leister, Steven Harper, Alice Pascucci, Deb Shaw
  • Audition Accompanist Blake Leister
  • Auditions Dance Coach Caitlin Thistle, Jen Sassak​, Allan Hunter, Elyse Williams
  • Auditions Helpers Tom Ritrovato, Cheryl Stocks, Chuck Emmons, Silvia Harper

Director’s Notes

It’s always an interesting adventure to undertake the direction of a musical theater production, and I’d like to share a little story with you. I was out for lunch with some co-workers a few weeks back and we were taking about this production of “Sweet Charity”. One of the guys asked, “What does a director actually do?” This got me thinking, and it reminded me of a great quote I heard a few years ago:

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,

when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,

they will say: we did it ourselves.

Lao Tzu, from the “Tao Te Ching”, 600 BC

This actually sums up my views on directing pretty well – it’s the director’s job to set the overall vision for the production, give everyone the tools they need to succeed, keep everything on track, and then watch as a group of strangers come together, form a “cast”, and work their magic on stage.

We thank you for supporting the arts, and invite you to step back in time to the 1960s and enjoy tonight’s production of “Sweet Charity”! 

Paul Metzger, Director