After returning from Knowle Musical Society’s production of Sweet Charity, there is no denying that it feels like I’ve been on an acid trip. Filled with a plethora of quirky numbers, the multi-award winning musical has graced the Broadway and West End stages since 1966, originally directed and choreographed by theatre legend, Bob Fosse. Now, it is brought to the Solihull Arts Complex, by the local society who has delighted audiences with their productions of A Tale Of Two Cities and The Addams Family.
Following the story of gullible dance hall taxi dancer Charity Hope Valentine on her quest for love, she has a tendency to fall for the wrong man. Nicki Willetts excellently played the title role. Her characterful acting complemented her oozing confidence and as the show progressed she came into her own, banishing any first night nerves. She was well matched with James Gough as the endearingly jittery Oscar Lindquist, who’s acting shone through, especially in the entertaining elevator scene.
Strong support came from Sophia Bailey as the feisty Ursula, Carl Hemming as the Italian film star, Vittoria Vidal and a delightful cameo from Patison Harrigan as Daddy Brubeck. A particularly hilarious highlight came in the scene with Hemming and Willetts as she is shoved in the bedroom wardrobe with a platter of food and beer.
Under the musical direction of Chris Corcoran, choreography by Abi Soley and direction from Peter Haden, Knowle Musical Society have successfully delivered a piece of Broadway history to the audiences of Solihull.
Sweet Charity plays at Solihull Arts Complex until 12 March.
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