50th Anniversary of “Sweet Charity” on Broadway 1966-2016

BarSceneDrinkToday we celebrate the half century anniversary of Tony Award winning American musical Sweet Charity.

In January 1966, The Nederlanders turned New York City’s famed Palace Theatre into a legitimate theatrical stage for the opening of Sweet Charity conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse starring Gwen Verdon.

Gwen Verdon played the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer at a dance hall called the “Fan-Dango Ballroom” in Times Square, New York City.

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Below overview image of Bob Fosse’s fifth bestowed nickel patina Tony Award medallion reading: “The American Theatre Wing presents to Bob Fosse, Choreographer For Distinguished Achievement in Theatre, “Sweet Charity”, 1965-66.”

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“Big Spender” Fan-Dango Ballroom Girls, 1966

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John McMartin and Gwen Verdon

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Below stereo long-playing record album cover of the original Broadway cast recording of Sweet Charity from Columbia Records reading in part:

Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by BOB FOSSE

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“The Musical Smash at the Palace” Gwen Verdon starring in Sweet Charity, 1966

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Today the Palace Theatre has 1,740 seats and is one of The Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.

GWEN VERDON AS “SWEET CHARITY”

Book by Neil Simon; Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields 

Based upon an original screenplay by Federico Fellini

Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by BOB FOSSE

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SWEET CHARITY DECEMBER 1966 PROGRAM CAST LISTING

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SWEET CHARITY ACT ONE SYNOPSIS OF SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS 

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SWEET CHARITY ACT TWO SYNOPSIS OF SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS 

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SWEET CHARITY ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST ALBUM RECORDING PROGRAM PRINT ADVERTISEMENT WITH COLUMBIA RECORDS 

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