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First Look: Nikki Gil and Kris Lawrence on Costume for Sweet Charity

Just got this from my inbox.  Here are some first look on Nikki Gil and Kris Lawrence on full costume as Charity Hope Valentine and Oscar Linquist from the musical hit Sweet Charity.  Yep, she is not Blonde this time.

About the Show:SWEET CHARITY ” (book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse whose name is synonymous to “ All That Jazz,” and “ Chicago”) is about a taxi dancer’s adventures and misadventures in the ways of love and who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man.

“ SWEET CHARITY ” was originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse when it premiered on Broadway in 1966. With over 600 performances, the production won the Tony Award for Best Choreography in the same year before opening in London a year later. A 1969 film version starred Shirley MacLaine. A Broadway revival in 2005 featured Christine Applegate.

As the lead character, Charity Hope Valentine is a kooky, feisty, punchy and a bubbly dance hall hostess in New York who has been used and dumped by a succession of distinctly uncharitable men, but who hasn’t stopped hoping for a happy ending. With her "loveable childlike" persona, Charity embodies the hopelessly gullible and sentimental woman who will sing and dance with her dancehall posse. Audiences can expect the unexpected as she unleashes her dynamite – legs, frills, lipstick, and a performance that will be full of vitality, pathos and verve.

Playing the role of Charity is Nikki Gil, who was an ingénue eight years ago when she first appeared in a soft drink commercial and rose to fame as she honed her talents in song and dance. As a mainstay host and artist of “ASAP Live ” on ABS-CBN, Nikki’s foray into theatre included a lead role as Elle Woods in the local production of the musical “ Legally Blonde ” produced in 2010.

Kris Lawrence plays Oscar Lindquist, a claustrophobic, wimpy nervous man who Charity befriends in a stalled elevator. A neurotic tax accountant by profession, hopefully, he shall give Sweet Charity the love she has longed for. From winning a local singing talent search a few years back, Kris has become one of the young breed of soul artists and has recently released his album “Moments of Love.” His regular TV show is on GMA-7’s “Party Pilipinas.” Landing a role in “Sweet Charity” is a dream come true.

Well I know Nikki and Kris can really project the characters but the credits goes to the stylist, costume designer and make up for having this good shots.  At least I'm slowly having images on how this show will look like and I think this will be fabulous.

9 Works also finally revealed the final roles the rest of the cast are playing:

Sheila Valderama Martinez as Nikkie
Ciara Sotto as Helene
Sheree Bautista as Carmen
Miguel Faustman as Herman
Oj Marioano as Vittorio Vidal and Johann Brubeck
Tasy Garrucha as Ursula March

Caisa Borromeo
Chinie Nepomuceno
Vinia Pamplona
Carmelle Ross
Topper Fabregas
Job Bautista
Anthony Ong
Francis Matheu
Peter Alcedo
Chai Relucio

To be directed by Robbie Guevara (RENT, The Wedding Singer), Sweet Charity will open on August 5 and will perform all weekends at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. A limited number of performances are NOW available for fundraising and block-buying. Please call 557-5860, 586-7105 or 0917-5545560 or email info@9workstheatrical.com for more info.

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