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(1969)

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Shirley MacLaine, Chita Rivera and Paula Kelly became very close during the filming. Shirley MacLaine wrote that when they danced together, it was like being between two disciplined and well-oiled steam rollers.
Shirley MacLaine was working with a painful infected tooth that required root canal treatment, yet she was such a trouper that she kept it a secret so as not to hold up production. She wrote that she was in so much pain, she could't even remember filming one of the exhausting Bob Fosse dance numbers.
The uncredited dance double for Shirley MacLaine later became a famous porn actress under the stage name of Georgina Spelvin.
The company was filming on the day Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Actress Paula Kelly was so upset that she couldn't work. Director/choreographer Bob Fosse didn't quite understand, as he was so passionate about making the film. Nevertheless, he let everyone go home early.
Shirley MacLaine wrote that Gwen Verdon, who had starred in the Broadway show, suggested to her that she should pursue the lead for the film version. After MacLaine got the role, Verdon generously coached MacLaine on her performance.
Chita Rivera's film debut.
Shirley MacLaine recommended to Lew Wasserman, head of Universal Pictures, that he hire Bob Fosse to direct the film. Fosse had directed and choreographed the Broadway version.
Although uncredited, Gwen Verdon was assistant choreographer in the film version of Sweet Charity (1969).
Original producer Ross Hunter dropped out after a conflict with director Bob Fosse over how to handle the racy story line.
According to her memoirs Nichelle Nichols auditioned for the role of Helene.
John McMartin was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "Sweet Charity" and recreated his role on the movie version.
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Gwen Verdon was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Sweet Charity" for the title role.
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The original Broadway production of "Sweet Charity" opened at the Palace Theater on January 29, 1966, ran for 608 performances and was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award for the Best Musical. John McMartin reprises his role in the movie.
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Marie Wallace originated the part of Ursula in the original Broadway production.
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Ben Vereen's movie debut.
The dance number for "there's gotta be something better that this" (involving the trio Charity, Helene, and Nicky) was the inspiration for Beyoncé's famous dance routine in the "single ladies" music video.
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For the various-sized U.S. movie posters, Universal had John McMartin's gray hair colored black, ostensibly to make him appear younger.
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Chelsea Brown's movie debut.
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Lee Roy Reams' film debut.
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Peggy Lee had a hit version of "Big Spender."
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The role of the fairy godmother, played by Ruth Buzzi in the Broadway production, was cut from the film version.
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Ads for this 1969 film proclaimed it to be the first musical of the 1970s.
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Suzanne Charny is the lead dancer at the night club.
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Shirley MacLaine's "I'm a Brass Band" is one of the longest musical numbers in film history.
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Chita Rivera who played Nickie previously starred in the national tour as Charity.
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