PRESS STATEMENT FROM 9 WORKS THEATRICAL:
"9 Works Theatrical will revive the Manhattan spirit of the ’60s this August 2011 as it presents Broadway’s critically-acclaimed dance comedy musical Sweet Charity.
"Sweet Charity (book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse whose name is synonymous with All That Jazz and Chicago) is about a dancer’s adventures and misadventures in the ways of love and who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man.
"Sweet Charity was originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse when it premiered on Broadway in 1966. With over 600 performances, the production won the Tony Award for Best Choreography in the same year before opening in London a year later. A 1969 film version starred Shirley MacLaine. A Broadway revival in 2005 featured Christine Applegate.
"Giving life to the different characters are a mix of the country’s well-seasoned actors and talented young artists in the field of entertainment and dance.
"As the lead character, Charity Hope Valentine is a kooky, feisty, punchy and a bubbly dance hall hostess in New York who has been used and dumped by a succession of distinctly uncharitable men, but who hasn’t stopped hoping for a happy ending. With her "loveable childlike" persona, Charity embodies the hopelessly gullible and sentimental woman who will sing and dance with her dancehall posse. Audiences can expect the unexpected as she unleashes her dynamite—legs, frills, lipstick, and a performance that will be full of vitality, pathos and verve.
"Playing the role of Charity is Nikki Gil, who was an ingénue eight years ago when she first appeared in a soft drink commercial and rose to fame as she honed her talents in song and dance. As a mainstay host and artist of ASAP on ABS-CBN, Nikki’s foray into theater included a lead role as Elle Woods in the local production of the musical Legally Blonde produced in 2010.
"Kris Lawrence plays Oscar Lindquist, a claustrophobic, wimpy nervous man who Charity befriends in a stalled elevator. A neurotic tax accountant by profession, hopefully, he shall give Sweet Charity the love she has longed for.
From winning a local singing talent search a few years back, Kris has become one of the young breed of soul artists and has recently released his album Moments of Love. His regular TV show is on GMA-7’s Sunday variety show Party Pilipinas. Landing a role in Sweet Charity is a dream come true.
"Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Nickie, the well-worn dance hostess and Ciara Sotto-Oconer as Helene will play the roles of Sweet Charity’s closest confidantes at the Fandango Ballroom, a seedy dance hall where they’re employed as unabashed hostesses.
"Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, who is one of the leading ladies of Philippine theater today has appeared in various productions here and abroad which include Hong Kong Disneyland’s The Golden Mickeys, Cinderella, and 9 Works Theatrical’s hit show, The Wedding Singer as Julia Guglia."
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