“Compelling performances” “Eye-catching” “Smartly conceived” Critics are loving Welk Resort Theatre’s 2016 production of Sweet Charity!
The San Diego Union-Tribune writes: Is “Sweet Charity” a (head) trip back to the swingin’ 1960s? You bet your sweet bippy, as they used to say on a certain vintage TV show. In fact, “the fickle finger of fate” (another trope that showed up on the old “Laugh-In”) is a favorite catch phrase of Charity Hope Valentine, the heroine of this 1966 musical now getting a breezy revival at the Welk Resort Theatre. Read More
San Diego Story writes:Director/choreographer, Ray Limon, recently staged several musicals at the Welk Resort Theatre that have connections to Bob Fosse. After well-received productions of Chicago and Cabaret (Fosse directed the motion picture version), Limon’s latest Fosse influenced interpretation is the 1966 comedy-drama, Sweet Charity. READ MORE
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News writes: “Sweet Charity” is a musical with a good pedigree and a good-hearted heroine. Neil Simon wrote the book, Cy Coleman the songs and Dorothy Fields the lyrics; the whole is adapted from the Fellini film “Nights of Cabiria.” The musical doesn’t have much to say (except, perhaps, that people can always be counted on to disappoint). But fortunately, thanks to director/choreographer Ray Limón, it has plenty to watch. “Sweet Charity” plays in an extended run through Nov. 20 at Welk Resorts San Diego. READ MORE
Vista Press writes: The 35th Anniversary of productions at North County’s Welk Resort Theatre currently features a high energy, colorful musical comedy, “Sweet Charity”. The original production featured music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon. This Bob Fosse dance musical presents a fun and enjoyable story of a girl searching for love, in all the wrong places, but never giving up trying to find true love. The musical is based on a Federico Fellini screen play, “Nights of Cabiria”, with some minor changes in the story line. read more
Theatre reviewer Carol Davis writes: When “Sweet Charity” opened on Broadway over sixty years ago, Walter Kerr of the Herald Tribune said, “there are at least six things that will interest you in “Sweet Charity”-the dances, the songs, Gwen Verdon, Gwen Verdon, Gwen Verdon”. “Sweet Charity” with book by Neil Simon (based on Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria”), music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields is up and running at the Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido through November 2nd. read more
Jazz 88 FM writes: It’s hard to believe the spunky 1966 musical, “Sweet Charity,” had its origins in the dark, 1957 Fellini film, “Nights of Cabiria.” But it certainly does perpetuate the old cliché of the whore with the heart of gold. Charity’s hope springs eternal, and so does ours in the decidedly ‘60s, eye-popping, psychedelic production gleefully presented at the Welk Resort Theatre. Director/choreographer Ray Limon pays splendid homage to the Tony Award-winning choreography of Bob Fosse, with those iconic angular moves, impressively captured by an expert ensemble. read more
San Diego Theatre Reviews writes: “Sweet Charity,” produced by Joshua Carr, and directed and choreographed by long-time partner Ray Limon, opened at the Welk Resort Theatre, just north of Escondido, California, on Sept. 3, and runs through November 20, 2016. Only thirty minutes north of downtown San Diego — when the freeway offers clear sailing — The Welk offers the best attractions for any entertainment dollar, on a yearly basis, season after season. There is delicious dining, with the best service possible at the Canyon Grille, just steps away, and ample free parking within steps of both. That’s 5-Star buffet dining, with 10-Star entertainment — both at beyond reasonable pricing. Included in this unique experience is a museum with memorabilia highlighting the life and career of Lawrence Welk. READ MORE