CONCORD — “Sweet Charity” will dance its way onto the City Auditorium stage this weekend as the Community Players of Concord present this groovy mid-1960s musical comedy originally made famous by director-choreographer Bob Fosse and star Gwen Verdon.
Featuring book by Neil Simon, “Sweet Charity” tells the story of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but unlucky-in-love dance hostess working in a rundown Times Square dance hall — the Fandango Ballroom. After a seemingly endless series of comically bad dates, will Charity finally meet a nice man who can romance her away from this seedy life?
An irrepressible optimist, Charity is convinced the answer is yes, while her jaded and slightly bedraggled dance hall colleagues, The Fandango Girls, are not so sure.
The show premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards before going on to lengthy runs in New York, London’s West End and elsewhere, a film version starring Shirley MacLaine, and numerous stage revivals.
With music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, there is plenty of toe tapping fun in the show’s many hit songs, including “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Rhythm of Life” and other familiar songs. The Players’ large cast production features all those tuneful hits with plenty of Fosse-inspired dancing.
Due to some mature themes, the show should be considered “PG-13.”
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 .p.m at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St.Tickets are $20.