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Peggy Lee – Big Spender

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1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical Sweet Charity on Broadway. Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater.

Of the many standards that came out of the show, “Big Spender” remains one of musical theater’s most memorable classics. Originally immortalized on the original cast record, the tune has been covered and sampled by a very diverse group over the years: from Shirley Bassey to Queen, and Sam Phillips to Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z and A$AP Rocky to name a few.

This week’s version was the original pop cut, a Top 10 AC hit for Peggy Lee featuring an impeccable arrangement by Dave Grusin.

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Royal Exchange Theatre Presents: Sweet Charity

MRE 1024x755 Royal Exchange Theatre Presents: Sweet CharityThe Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester UK Presents Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Neil Simon, and Bob Fosse‘s hit musical Sweet Charity: December 3 – January 28th. With a score full of big numbers (Big Spender, Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now) this Broadway classic will be brought roaring into the Exchange this Christmas by the team behind our hit production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Click HERE for tickets and info.

Sweet Charity is one of the best musicals ever written and defined a decade. Audiences can expect brilliant performances, stunning choreography – and brass. Lots of brass… I can’t stop listening to the score – it’s hit after hit. Every department at the Exchange pulled out all the stops for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and I can’t wait to work with them all again.” Derek Bond, Director

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Sutton Foster Stars in Sweet Charity

GettyImages 524220026 Sutton Foster Stars in Sweet CharityMulti-Tony Winner Sutton Foster will star in a revival of Sweet Charity for the New Group’s 2016-2017 season this Fall. With a book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, the 1966 musical celebrates its’ 50th anniversary and is one of the most iconic Broadway musicals of the 1960s. The original production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards winning one for Bob Fosse for Best Choreography and would go on to have a long run in the West End as well as many revivals and international productions.

Sutton has spent the past five years in leading roles on Broadway and TV (Bunheads, Younger) and was a Tony winner for Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The production will be directed by Leigh Silverman (who also worked with Foster in the 2014 staging of Violet) and Joshua Bergasse (Smash, On The Town) will choreograph. The production will run November & December 2016 and will be presented by The New Group in association with Kevin McCollum. Click HERE for more info.

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Royal Central School of Drama Presents: Sweet Charity

IMG 9796 Royal Central School of Drama Presents: Sweet CharityThe Royal Central School of Speech & Drama at the University of London will take on Cy Coleman, Neil Simon, and Dorothy Fields‘ hit musical comedy, Sweet Charity – Feb 29 through March 5th. Sweet Charity is an iconic Broadway Musical nominated for nine Tony Awards in 1966 and was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. The show features the music of Cy Coleman and the lyrics of Dorothy Fields who scored big with standards like Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, and The Rhythm of Life. For more info and tickets click HERE>

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