Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini.
Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano

Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano
Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris 
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

Sept. 28-30, 2023, Patricia Corbett Theater

  • Director and Choreographer | Diane Lala
  • Musical Director | Ian Axness
  • Scenic Designer | Joshua Gallagher, alumni guest artist
  • Lighting Designer | Baron Leon*
  • Costume Designer | Clara Cavins*
  • Sound Designer | Brenden Friedel*
  • Media Designer | William Meckstroth*
  • Wig & Make-Up Coordinator | Claire Bonnette*
  • Production Stage Manager | Kali Ashurst*
  • Props Manager | Suzanne Barnes*
  • Intimacy Coordinator and Dialect/Vocal Coach | Sarah Summerwell
  • Fight Director | k. Jenny Jones

*CCM Student

Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

SWEET CHARITY is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

Estimated run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission

The Place and Time

New York, 1960s

The Company

  • Charity Hope Valentine | Grace Marie Rusnica
  • Oscar | Benjamin Cheng
  • Nickie | Eliza Levy
  • Helene | Madison Mosley
  • Herman | Jackson Reagin, Josh Devine*
  • Vittorio Vidal | Stanislav Przedlacki
  • Ursula | Gracie Annabelle Parker
  • Daddy Brubeck | Sean Polk II
  • Rosie | Annika Jonker
  • Fandango Dancers | Grace Capeless, Ryan Dever, Annalese Fusaro, Indya Lincicome, Tomi Newman, Makalya Shipe, Arden Allmon^
  • The Frug Trio | Annalese Fusaro, Coty Perno, Nick Gundrum
  • Ensemble | Andy Bakun, Ryan Behan, Grace Capeless, Brian Cheung, Monique Churchill, Ryan Dever, Josh Devine, Annalese Fusaro, Nick Gundrum, Annika Jonker, Indya Lincicome, Tomi Newman, Gracie Annabelle Parker, Coty Perno, Sean Polk II, Makayla Shipe, Jackson Reagin, Gabe Raskind*, Arden Allmon^
  • Swings | Arden Allmon, Grace Baker, Gabe Raskind, Wayden Wagoner
  • Tower Power | Hannah Bourgois, Dominic Carroll, Jack Haroutunian, Jonathan Hobbs, Sydney Short, Maya Sharma
  • Frug Dancers | Andy Bakun, Ryan Behan, Grace Capeless, Brian Cheung, Monique Churchill, Ryan Dever, Josh Devine, Indya Lincicome, Tomi Newman, Sean Polk II, Makayla Shipe, Jackson Reagin, Gabe Raskind*
  • Rhythm of Life | Andy Bakun, Ryan Behan, Grace Capeless, Brian Cheung, Monique Churchill, Ryan Dever, Josh Devine, Annalese Fusaro, Nick Gundrum, Annika Jonker, Indya Lincicome, Tomi Newman, Gracie Annabelle Parker, Coty Perno, Makayla Shipe, Jackson Reagin
  • Charity Hope Valentine Understudy | Grace Capeless
  • Oscar Understudy | Brian Cheung
  • Nickie Understudy | Annalese Fusaro
  • Helene Understudy | Indya Lincicome
  • Herman Understudy | Josh Devine
  • Vittorio Vidal Understudy | Anargha Pal
  • Ursula Understudy | Annika Jonker
  • Daddy Brubeck Understudy | Coty Perno

* Performs Thursday, Sept. 28 
^ Performs Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29

Musical Selections

Musical Numbers

Act I


  • Overture | Orchestra
  • “You Should See Yourself” | Charity
  • “Big Spender” | Nickie, Helene and Fandango Dancers
  • “Charity’s Soliloquy” | Charity
  • “Rich Man’s Frug” | Company
  • “If My Friends Could See Me Now” | Charity
  • “Too Many Tomorrows” | Vittorio
  • “There’s Gotta Be Something Better” | Nickie, Helene and Charity
  • “I’m The Bravest Individual” | Charity and Oscar

Act 2


  • Entr’acte | Orchestra
  • “The Rhythm of Life” | Daddy Brubeck and Company
  • “Baby, Dream Your Dream” | Helene and Nickie
  • “Sweet Charity” | Oscar and Company
  • “Where Am I Going?” | Charity
  • “I’m A Brass Band” | Charity and Company
  • “I Love To Cry at Weddings” | Herman, Nickie, Helene, Rosie and Company
  • “Finale” | Charity

Orchestra Roster

Ian Axness, Musical Director and Conductor
Casey Reed, Associate Conductor/Music Director (conductor on Sept. 30 matinee) 
Jacob Priddy, Assistant Music Director/ Rehearsal Pianist


Flute/Alto Flute/Piccolo

  • Maddie Choi 

Clarinet/Soprano Sax/Alto Sax

  • Alec Davis 

Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax/Tenor Sax

  • Matthew Mitchell 

Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Tenor Sax/Baritone Sax

  • Geovanny Morales-Santos 

Trumpet 1

  • Jessica Barrick 

Trumpet 2

  • Olivia Passerini


  • Kyle Langer 

Keyboard 1

  • Jacob Priddy

Keyboard 2

  • Casey Reed (9/30 matinee: Spencer Stanley)


  • Will Juergens


  • Jason Meusel 


  • Jett Stevens

Production Staff

  • Assistant Director | Nate Jones
  • Technical Director | Troy Brizius
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Hannah Kate Hawver, Sage Dadiani Shepard
  • Dance Captain | Annalese Fusaro
  • Production Assistant | Michael Hamburg
  • Assistant Production Managers | Katie Reus, Annalee Crosser
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Meredith Randall
  • Associate Costume Designer | Amira Rowe
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Sydney Riddle, Kassidy Schley
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Max Cotman
  • Wardrobe Crew Head | Alannah Gorrigan
  • Wardrobe Crew | Kassidy Schley, Nick Feldmann, Ella Gover, Lily Landoch
  • Milliner | Nato Hermann 
  • Painter-Dyer | Erin Donnelly 
  • Costume Crew | Julia Schillaci
  • Costume Shop Graduate Assistants | Max Cotman, Lauren Fitts, Cassidy Kempthorne
  • Head Electrician | Nate Miller
  • Assistant Head Electrician | Laura Hanks
  • Lighting Programmer | Riley Rowan
  • Electrics Crew | Kayla Chen, Lauren Wooten
  • Media Programmer | Maddi Myer
  • Media Team | Will Everson
  • Set Construction Crew | Sarah Anderson, Sadie Boeskool,  Ryan Bradbury,  Anya Brennan,  Ryan Buckley,  Hank Burns-Pavlik,  Jack Capobianco,  Chloe Caudil,  Robert Chalk,  Halena Edwards,  Will Everson,  Evan Fehn,  Madeline Field,  Ali Fishbain,  Jason Goodman,  Michael Hamburg,  Chloe Hessling,  Jacob Kaplan,  Emma Miller,  Katie Mogren,  Val Molloy,  Mcgregor Phillips,  Ella Rosoff,  Joseph Schmitt,  Keira Schneider,  Ella Stumpf,  Lacey Vailikit,  Hayden Valkema,  Flynn Wilson,  Ben Wright,  Blake Yavuz
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Jessica Secrest
  • Scenic Artist’s Assistant | Emma Shreve
  • Scene Shop Assistants | Will Blank,  Iz Dillon,  Willow Heichel,  Corvo Hopkins,  Lukas Hummeldorf,  Nick Hunley,  Hunter Lee,  Benji Lookatch,  Paloma Robles,  Morgan Terry
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Anya Brennan,  Mcgregor Phillips, Jordan Shaw, Ben Wright
  • Props Managers | Hattie Fann, LB Slater
  • Props Crew | Mia Adrian, Will Blank, El Bowers, Anna Camerer, Raeya Garcia, Ella Grover, Willow Heichel, Lily Landoch, Kait Naylor, Melanie Reitman, Paloma Robles, Moira Seger, Emma Shreve, Bethany Utener
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Ben Stacy
  • Production Sound Engineer | Michael Donahue
  • Sound Assistants | Brady Smith, Mia Teboe
  • Wig and Make-Up Running Crew | Lauren Grammer, Emily Kemmerer, Lacey Vailikit
  • Wig and Make-Up Assistant Designer | Claire Bonnette

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Four CCM alumni nominated in 2024 Tony Awards

May 1, 2024

Four UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni are named nominees in the 77th annual Tony Awards, recognizing the excellent work shared in Broadway productions during the 2023-24 season. The nominees, announced Tuesday, April 30, include Isabella Byrd (BFA Lighting Design and Technology, ’09), Shoshana Bean (BFA Musical Theatre, '99), Dorian Harewood and Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, '99).


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The UC College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to congratulate current masters student Tiara Jones, who was recently named winner of USITT’s Make-Up Design Award. Jones was recognized as part of the USITT24 Conference and Stage Expo in Seattle, Washington.


CCM Dance Series presents "Little Mermaid" April 12-14

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UC College-Conservatory Music presents "Little Mermaid" on April 12-14, 2024 in Corbett Auditorium. Directed by Shauna Steele, the performance features music by David Arkenstone. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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