Sutton Foster to Star in 'Sweet Charity' Revival

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The New Group's season also includes the world premiere of Hamish Linklater's 'The Whirligig,' starring Zosia Mamet and Maura Tierney.

Fifty years after it first premiered on Broadway, a revival of Sweet Charity will star Sutton Foster, as part of The New Group’s 2016-17 season.

Leigh Silverman’s intimate staging of the classic musical, which begins previews in November at Off-Broadway's Pershing Square Signature Center, promises “a fresh, modern perspective” and will feature new choreography by Joshua Bergasse.

Foster, who won lead actress Tony Awards for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, will play Charity Hope Valentine, the diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water. The original show was nominated for nine Tonys, winning for Bob Fosse's iconic choreography. Fosse also directed the musical's 1969 screen adaptation, starring Shirley MacLaine.

The New Group season will also feature the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, directed by Scott Elliott and starring Zosia Mamet and Maura Tierney. The new work, premiering in spring 2017, follows Tierney's character to Berkshire County, where she tries to connect with her estranged, ailing daughter.

In the winter, Elliott will direct the U.S. premiere of Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House, and writer-director Erica Schmidt will debut All the Fine Boys, about the fascinations and fears of sexual awakening and maturity.