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Nikki Gil, Kris Lawrence in 9 Works Theatrical's Sweet Charity, Opening in August

By Gibbs22manila @gibbscadiz
Nikki Gil, Kris Lawrence in 9 Works Theatrical's Sweet Charity, opening in August
This coming August, 9 Works Theatrical presents the dance comedy musical “Sweet Charity,” with TV star Nikki Gil playing the lead role of kooky dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine. Gil was last seen as Elle Woods in the local production of the musical “Legally Blonde” in 2010.
With book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, “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 Christina Applegate.
Singer/TV host Kris Lawrence plays Oscar Lindquist, Charity's love interest. Lawrence recently released his album “Moments of Love” and is regularly seen on GMA-7’s “Party Pilipinas.”
Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Nickie and Ciara Sotto-Oconer as Helene will play Sweet Charity’s closest confidantes, while Sheree Vidal-Bautista will play Carmen, one of Charity’s co-dancers.
Other cast members include Miguel Faustmann, OJ Mariano, Tasy Garrucha, Caisa Borromeo, Chinie Nepomuceno, Vinia Pamplona and Carmelle Ros, Topper Fabregas, Job Bautista. Francis Matheu, Anthony Tarrosa Ong, Peter Alcedo and Chai Relucio.
The artistic team is composed of director Robbie Guevara, assistant director Lorenz Martinez, band musical director Joseph Tolentino, scenographer Mio Infante, lighting designer Martin Esteva, and costume designers Mio Infante and Hanna de los Reyes.
“Sweet Charity” will open August 5, to run on all weekends of the month at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. A limited number of performances are now available for fundraising and block-buying. Please call 5575860, 5867105 or 0917-5545560 or email
The show is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Tel: (212) 5414684. Visit

PLUS: Sweet Charity's most famous number, originally created by Bob Fosse and recreated by Fosse disciple Ann Reinking for the tribute revue Fosse, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1999--

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