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Christina Applegate stars as Charity Hope Valentine, the unluckiest romantic in New York City, in a dazzling new Broadway revival of this smash hit musical. With a book by Neil Simon and score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, Sweet Charity features such hits as 'Hey, Big Spender' and 'If My Friends Could See Me Now'. DRG. 2005.
The best thing about this CD is the score: Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields's songs have lost none of their incisiveness over the years, and even a lackluster revival such as this one doesn't entirely succeed in dulling their edge. In the title role, Christina Applegate means well and tries hard, which isn't enough to make us forget Gwen Verdon, the powerhouse original Charity. Even "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," a showstopping number if there ever was one, shines like a 40-watt bulb when it should be 400. As Charity's paramour Oscar, Denis O'Hare gives a wonderful, multifaceted performance, though of course Oscar doesn't get songs--except for the welcome addition of "A Good Impression." While this production is adequate but no match for the original recording, fans will be delighted by the bonus tracks. Backed by a small ensemble, Coleman sings four 1963 demos, including an intimate, delightful "I'm the Bravest Individual." The composer also pairs with Fields for a live version of "Big Spender" recorded in 1972. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
i really do enjoy this musical but now i am just writing our words that are required to finish this reviewPublished 24 months ago by Jesse Domingos
What a disappointment this was.I was tempedto buy the original film soundtrack but thought a more up to date recording would be better. Hw wrong I was. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Mrs. Jean E. Hill
Purchased my first copy after seeing Applegate on Broadway. Enjoyed it soooo much it became a favorite, but lost it. So, I was very happy with the fast delivery.Published on September 28, 2009 by Lori J. Wallis Lahti
This soundtrack is worth listening if you are a Broadway Musical Lover, the music has a modern beat but it keeps the original intention of Cy Coleman. Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by Luis G. Escamilla Arroyo
To begin, I saw this show twice before it bowed out at the Al Hirschfeld theatre. I had no intention of seeing it, but unfortunately, nothing else was available. Read morePublished on May 27, 2006 by David S. Wright Jr.
Why do TV stars with little or no singing ability try to do a big Broadway musicial?
I gave Christina Applegate's version of Sweety Charity a chance. Read more
everyone goes on and on about how great the new revival of sweet charity is. well i found it AWFUL. Christina Apelgate(i know thats not how you spell it.. Read morePublished on April 6, 2006 by broadway123
Although vocally not as strong as previous Charity Hope Valentine's and of course no one can or should compare Christina Applegate to Gwen Verdon, Christina exudes charm throughout... Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by Dana T. Anderson
...Is the only reason I can think of as to why this show closed! This has to be one of the best musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. Read morePublished on January 13, 2006 by Bruce999