Sweet Charity is based on Federico Fellini’s iconic 1957 film, Nights of Cabiria. In it, Fellini’s wife, Giuletta Masina, plays Cabiria, a prostitute who vainly searches for love in Rome. Nights of Cabiria won the 1957 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and Masina was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
Less than a decade later, Fellini’s script became the basis for Sweet Charity. Neil Simon penned the book. During Sweet Charity’s run in 1966, Simon, one of the most popular playwrights of the decade, had three more plays running on Broadway: The Star-Spangled Girl, The Odd
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