PLAN DATE: FRI / MAR. 15
Neil Simon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, brought us classics like The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and, in 1966, Sweet Charity—an adult-themed musical drama about women who make their living in the sex trade. The play opened on Broadway in 1967, earning Bob Fosse a Tony for best choreographer, and this year, Harlem Repertory Theatre brings Sweet Charity to life in its immersive production transforming the Black Box Theatre into The Fandango Ballroom. Among tables, chairs and male and female performers, follow the romantic misadventures of Charity Hope Valentine, Sweet Charity’s dancer heroine whose desperate quest for love and “someplace better than this…” has unexpected consequences. The performance is full of incredible song and dance numbers and is directed by HRT’s AUDELCO award-winning director and choreographer, Keith Lee Grant, so you know it’s going to be good; order a drink, sit back and enjoy the show.
Afterward, discuss the show and satisfy your appetite at El Kallejon, one of East Harlem’s coziest, tastiest and most inventive Mexican cantinas. Enjoy classic Mexican dishes with an infusion of world flavors that offer a unique twist—for instance, escargot with mescal and pasilla sauce or mini tostadas featuring grilled baby shark, red cabbage and jalapenos. The restaurant also has an incredible beverage menu, from homemade sodas to unique cocktails like the titular El Kallejon (tequila, lime, tamarind chili, cascabel marmalade, and pineapple chili candy). Visit during the summer for live music and grilling on the patio.
Live Theater, Dinner, Drinks
Mature, Neighborhood, Cozy
Neil Simon's Sweet Charity: Immersive Production
HRT Black Box Theatre, 221 East 122nd Street, Manhattan
idk tip: The show plays on select dates. See their website for complete info and to purchase tickets.
209 East 117th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: In the warmer months, be seated in the back patio for live world music and grilling.