March 27, 2009 |
President Obama wants to take money away from charities. Which is awesome. Only he doesn't go far enough. His proposal, which Republicans and Democrats both hate, would force rich people to deduct only 28% of their charitable donations, instead of 35%. This change would have two obvious disadvantages: It's boring and requires math. A simpler solution would be to eliminate everyone's tax break for donations. Now, I like charities.
December 16, 2005 |
"Sweet Charity," the charming, campy, unlucky Broadway show starring Christina Applegate, will close Dec. 31 when Applegate's scheduled run ends. Producers had negotiated with Britney Spears about taking over the lead role on Broadway. "She was quite interested," producer Edwin Schloss said about the 24-year-old pop singer, who had a son in September. "But in terms of her schedule and the baby it was too complicated."
March 29, 2005 |
The musical "Sweet Charity," hobbled by star Christina Applegate's broken foot and weak ticket sales, has canceled its planned run on Broadway. The $7.5-million production had been slated to begin preview performances in New York next week. But Applegate broke her right foot during a March 11 performance in Chicago, and Broadway veteran Charlotte d'Am- boise took over for the show's 10-day run in Boston. The final performance was Sunday.
May 30, 1985 |
When the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera placed its ads announcing the 1985 summer season, two names were prominently featured for "Sweet Charity" (opening July 16): Debbie Allen as star and Bob Fosse as director. Allen, whose following and reputation emanate chiefly from her appearance in the TV series "Fame," seems a noteworthy choice for Neil Simon's hard-luck dance hall girl.
March 30, 2005 |
It's back -- and so is its star, Christina Applegate. The problem-plagued revival of "Sweet Charity," which last week canceled its Broadway engagement after Applegate broke her foot and the show received tepid out-of-town reviews, will open May 4 in New York, two weeks later than originally planned, producer Barry Weissler said Tuesday. "Christina came to me and made the most deeply felt emotional plea," Weissler said in a telephone interview.
October 4, 1988 |
New York-based choreographer Judy Ann Bassing, winner of the San Diego Theater Critics Circle's 1987 choreography award, was in town recently to set the dances for Lawrence Welk's current production of "Sweet Charity," which runs through Nov. 5. It was Bassing's second crack at choreographing "Sweet Charity," and it meant a reunion with some show business cronies. "I did this show for Fiesta with Frank Wayne and our vocal director Herbert Hecht three years ago, so it was like old-home week here.