Transport Group has announced initial casting for Sweet Charity—its musical in this season’s Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series. The concert will feature Lauren Blackman (Anastasia), John Cariani (The Band’s Visit, Tony nominee for Fiddler on the Roof), Matt Castle (Camelot),Santino Fontana (Tootsie, 2-time Tony nominee), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), Rachel Bay Jones (Tony winner Dear Evan Hansen), Julie Klausner (Difficult People), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Sweet Charity), Beth Malone (Fun Home, Tony nominee), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Paolo Montalban (Benny and Joon),Anne L. Nathan (Once), Scarlett Strallen(Travesties), Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), Jacob Keith Watson (Hello, Dolly!), Kate Wetherhead (Other Josh Cohen). The evening will be hosted by veteran Fosse® dancer Dana Moore (Dancin’). Additional casting will be released soon.
The evening will also feature select reconstruction of original choreography by Bob Fosse®, sanctioned by The Verdon Fosse Legacy, performed by Caitlin Abraham (An American in Paris),Lauren Blackman (Anastasia), Alyssa Epstein (Rockettes), Cajai Fellows Johnson (Lion King),Julia Harnett, Naomi Kakuk (The Beast in the Jungle), Emily Grace Kersey (Bullets Over Broadway), Kenna Morris Garcia (Memphis), Kaylee Olson, and Anna Schnaitter (Pippin).
Sweet Charity: in Concert takes place Monday, June 17, 2018 at 8:30pm at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67 Street. The concert will be directed by Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III with Musical Direction by Joey Chancey and will feature a 23-piece orchestra performing the show’s original Broadway orchestrations. Sweet Charity is written by Neil Simon and has music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
Previous presentations in Transport Group’s concert series include Promises, Promises, Man of La Mancha, A Man of No Importance, Peter Pan, The Music Man, Once Upon a Mattress, and Baby.
Transport Group stages new works and re-imagines revivals by American writers. Since our founding in 2001 under the artistic direction of Jack Cummings III, we have produced 30 shows comprised of 14 new works and 16 revivals, comprised of 17 plays and 13 musicals. Our most recent critically acclaimed 2018-2019 season featured a world premiere musical, Renascence, from book writer Dick Scanlan and composer Carmel Dean, featuring the works of poet Edna St. Vincent Milay, and the reimagined revival of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, featuring OBIE award winner Mia Katigbak, David Huynh, and Eunice Wong. Recent seasons featured an astounding revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude, performed by David Greenspan, and only David Greenspan, in a one-man-tour-de-force; a co-production with Classic Stage Company with Tennessee Williams’ southern gothic classic Summer and Smoke starring Marin Ireland; and two Willian Inge plays running in rotating repertory: Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba. The repertory productions received multiple award nominations, including three Obie Awards: Set Design (Dane Laffrey), Performance (Heather MacRae – Lola in Sheba) and Directing (Jack Cummings III). Additional recent work includes our unique and hilarious revival of Once Upon a Mattress starring Jackie Hoffman and John “Lypsinka” Epperson; the world-premiere performance piece Three Days to See, a theatrical exploration of the writings of Helen Keller; the first New York revival of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine; a revival of John Van Druten’s classic play I Remember Mama (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play), reconceived with an ensemble cast of ten women in their 70s and 80s; and the sold-out, all-star concerts of Man of La Mancha, Promises, Promises, Baby, Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man, Peter Pan, Queen of the Mist, and A Man of No Importance.
Sweet Charity in Concert will be performed June 17, 2019, at 8:30pm at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67 Street. Tickets are on sale and start at $75. The VIP ticket package includes a post-show reception with the artists. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.transportgroup.org or phone 866-811-4111.