Sweet Charity – RNCM Review

Over the last year, my family and I have seen several concerts and been to many family events at the Royal Northern College of Music. We loved Hocus Pocus, the Father Christmas fun day and Mother Goose earlier this year!

However, me and my husband headed to the RNCM last weekend to see the 1960’s hit musical Sweet Charity, performed by the RNCM Young Company.

Sweet Charity follows the life of Charity Hope Valentine, a girl who just wants to be loved! Even though this musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, it wasn’t a musical I was familiar with.

RNCM Young Company is the college’s open-access Musical Theatre group for 13-20 year olds from Greater Manchester. Through generous support from their sponsors this is currently no charge and no entrance audition.

The whole performance was of high standard and it was hard to believe that we were watching an amateur production. What’s fantastic about RNCM Young Company is the opportunities these young talented performers have that many may not have had without such an organisation.

Sweet Charity is a funny, light-hearted musical that tells the tale of love and misadventures. Charity works as a ‘Taxi Dancer’ at the Fan-Dango Club but dreams of a better life, even singing and dancing with fellow girlfriends ‘There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This’.

Even through I hadn’t heard of Sweet Charity musical before, the whole audience knew the iconic number ‘Big Spender‘, proving that this musical has definitely stood the test of time.

Whilst following Charity have to contend with a seemingly endless run of bad dates,who not only take her heart but also her money, you can’t help but fall in love with Charity yourself, hoping that she’ll one day find the man of her dreams.

As the show was set in the singing 60’s, the costume and set was designed accordingly. The stage was set up as a giant comic strip, displaying ‘Pop art’ style drawings. The set was designed by PJ McEvoy and it was done superbly! I love the bright comic strip style backgrounds and the clever use of video.

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