UW Launches New Musical Theatre Program with “Sweet Charity”

Posted on November 11, 2014, 11:19 pm
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The much-anticipated musical theatre program has finally arrived at the University of Washington, with a new BA degree in musical theatre offered as a result of a new partnership between the university’s School of Drama, School of Music and Dance Program. It is the hope that this program will provide students with “..rigorous training in musical theatre while incorporating a liberal arts education.”

For the inaugural production, the program coordinators have selected Neil Simon’s 1966 hit Sweet Charity, a sensitive yet comedic portrayal of Charity Hope Valentine, a euphemistically labeled “dance hall hostess” whose life in New York City consists of a dead end job, bad decisions and even worse dates with identically flawed men which seem to end in the same ludicrous outcome. Cy Coleman’s energetic music combined with Dorothy Field’s poignant lyrics contribute to the charm of this almost fifty-year old musical, with such familiar hits as “Big Spender”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Rhythm of Life.”

Wilson Mendieta will direct the musical with musical direction provided by Greg Sinibaldi, scenic design by Jared Roberts, costume design by Melinda Hare and lighting design by John Bernard.

ArtsUW present Sweet Charity


Fri, Nov 14, 2014 – 7:30pm

Sat, Nov 15, 2014 – 7:30pm

Sun, Nov 16, 2014 – 2:00pm

Wed, Nov 19, 2014 – 7:30pm

Thu, Nov 20, 2014 – 7:30pm

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 – 7:30pm

Sat, Nov 22, 2014 – 7:30pm

Sun, Nov 23, 2014 – 2:00pm

Where: Meany Studio Theatre at the University of Washington (1313 NE 41st St.)

Tickets available through www.artsuw.org

Johann Van Niekerk is a writer, conductor and collaborative artist based in Seattle, WA. He holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Washington where his research focused on the role that music has played throughout history in effecting social change. Van Niekerk covers performing arts events in and around Seattle.