''Sweet Charity'' is a 1966 musical with book by NeilSimon based on the Creator/FedericoFellini film ''Nights of Cabiria'', score by Cy Colemane and Dorothy Fields originally directed by BobFosse and starring Gwen Verdon. It tells the story of Charity Hope Valentine, a romantic dance hall hostess looking for love in all the wrong places, and how she eventually finds it--and loses it. The play is considered a classic example of Fosse's direction and style of dance, and some of the numbers (ie Big Spender and Rich Man's Frug) are some of the best examples of Fosse style dance.

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!!This play provides examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Oscar. Neurotic, geeky, shy and utterly loveable...until the last scene.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: It's based on Creator/FedericoFellini's "Nights of Cabiria"
* BlatantLies: Pretty much every line of "Big Spender".
* BSODSong: 'Where Am I Going' even more so in the movie, when it is featured after Oscar walks out on Charity
* DownerEnding: No matter which of the three endings the production uses, it's going to be sad.
* [[DidNotGetTheGirl Did Not Get The Guy]]: Charity. And she came so close! The circumstances change depending on which ending the production you see is using (there are three) but the fact is, Oscar and Charity do not wind up together.
* ElevenOclockNumber: 'I Love To Cry At Weddings'
* FireForgedFriends: Charity and Oscar spend hours trapped in an elevator together while Oscar has a nervous breakdown and Charity has to attempt to calm him. They leave the elevator already a little bit in love!
* FirstKiss: At the end of Charity and Oscar's first date, they stand together awkwardly and a sign (in the original production) lights up saying 'The First Kiss!' It doesn't happen.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[HaroldAndMaude Bud Cort]] makes a brief appearance in the film. Early in his career and uncredited, he's easy to miss.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Charity, Nicki, Helene and all the girls in the dance hall. Very few of them seem to be actualy prostitutes (Charity specifically says all she sells is her time,) they all still are caring people, especially prevalent in the 'I love to cry at weddings' scene.
* IKissYourHand: Oscar is too shy to kiss Charity goodbye, so he kisses her hand. Charity thinks it's adorable. Her friends think it's a bit odd.
* IrrelevantActOpener: "Rhythm of Life." What exactly does this scene have to do with the plot? Nothing. Is it awesome. HELL YES.
* LockedInARoom: Charity and Oscar meet in an elevator that gets stuck between floors.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Charity's main problem.
--->'''Helene''' You run your heart like a hotel. You got guys checking in and out all the time.
* MeaningfulName: "Sweet Charity" is a slang term for a prostitute who gives it away for love instead of money.
* NoAntagonist: Charity's kind of her own worst enemy...
* OriginalCastPrecedent: Bob Fosse decided Gwen Verdon would wear a LittleBlackDress for the whole show, just becuase he liked the way she looked in it. This dress has now become the standard Charity costume. She'll occasionally wear red for her scenes in the dance hall, but other than that, you'd be hard pressed to find a Charity who doesn't wear it for at least a few scenes.
* PairTheSpares: Doesn't actually happen, but Nicki lampshades it.
--->'''Nicki''' I could marry Herman--
--->'''Helene''' And be permanently sorry!
--->'''Nicki and Herman''' We would make a really lousy pair.
* ThePollyanna: Charity herself. She loses everything in one day when her husband leaves her, and yet skips off alone, saying 'There's always tomorrow.'
* SidekickSong: "Baby, Dream Your Dream" by Nicki and Helene.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: And thinks every guy is 'the one!'
* SurvivalMantra: Charity invokes this with "I'm the Bravest Individual" by encouraging Oscar to repeat to himself that he is brave, in order to calm him down. Some productions also have Charity [[MeaningfulEcho reprise said song at the end]] [[spoiler:to boost her confidence after she and Oscar break up.]]
* TitleDrop: It's Oscar's nickname for Charity.
---> '''Oscar''' You're a great girl, Charity. Sweet Charity.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Rhythm of Life Church. A jazz group that turned into a religion. Okay, sure.
* WrongGuyFirst: Charity goes on a date with movie star Vittorio Vidal, and it's set up as if he is going to be the love interest of the musical. Sure, we've seen worse. But Charity winds up convincing Vittorio to go back to his girlfriend Ursula, and spends the night in a closet while Vittorio and Ursula make love. She leaves with nothing but his autograph and a hat and cane.
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