The musical -- originally staged by Bob Fosse in 1966 -- tells the story of Charity, a dancer in a seedy joint who remains optimistic, despite a lifetime of disappointment. Things begin to look up when a handsome man enters her life. MaryAnn Black plays the hapless hoofer with a heart-shaped tattoo, and her role is key, says choreographer John Crawford. You have this thread of dance [throughout the play]. She knows the most important thing is the story were telling.
The biggest challenge is keeping the cast on its toes on Porthouses spare stage, says Crawford, who had only two weeks to rehearse showstoppers like Big Spender. The audience is a huge part of the energy we carry, he says. I want them to be transformed and uplifted. Its a show about surviving and relying on yourself. In the end, Charity is OK. You can be OK too.
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