Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Luckiest Productions, Neil Gooding
Productions, Tinderbox Productions and Hayes Theatre Co presents


25 February – 8 March
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne

The smash hit sell-out production – winner of three Helpmann Awards!

Arts Centre Melbourne is delighted to announce that Sweet Charity  will play from 25 February – 8 March 2015 as part of a national tour.

After premiering at Hayes Theatre Co in February 2014 Sweet Charity received rave reviews, played to a sold-out
audience, and won three Helpmann Awards, including Best Female Actor in a Musical for Verity Hunt-Ballard. Now
it’s Melbourne’s time to experience the rough, wrenching, and gorgeous musical theatre experience that left Sydney
wanting more!

If you believe in something hard enough, then eventually it has to come true, right? Charity Hope Valentine is the
eternal optimist – a worldview that puts her distinctly at odds with her co-workers in a seedy, run-down dance
hall. Dancing with man after man to pay her rent, she dreams of finally being whisked out of there and rescued by
love. But can Charity wish her way into making love come true?


Sweet Charity is directed by Dean Bryant, and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth – both of whom won
Helpmann Awards for their roles in the production, with Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys, and
costume design by Academy Award and Tony winner Tim Chappel. It boasts an outstanding list of musical
theatre stars led by Verity Hunt-Ballard, who won a Helpmann Award for Charity and her star-making role
as Mary Poppins. Cast members include Helpmann nominees Martin Crewes (Dr Zhivago), and Debora
Krizak (A Chorus Line)

"Downsized, dirtied up and over-flowing with music-theatre talent… there is little to match the thrill of theatre
seen right up close… the work done by this small, highly expert team is exceptional" – Deborah Jones, The Australian

"A fresh, thrilling production… Verity Hunt-Ballard gives a radiant, endearing performance; sensationally sung
and danced, with knockout comic timing… Don't miss it." – Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph

"It's a thrill to see and hear performers of this calibre close up … Crewes is a delight. Krizak is superb. A memorable night." – Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald


25 February – 8 March , Playhouse
Tickets from $59** (additional fees and charges may apply)




Directed by Dean Bryant
Choreography by Andrew Hallsworth
Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse
Costume Design by Tim Chappel
Set Design by Owen Phillips
Lighting Design by Ross Graham