Charity Hope Valentine (Alto/Mezzo ) 20’s – 35. Leading role. A dancer at the Fandango ballroom. Complex character with a great many emotions and internal conflict. Determined, fun, quirky, funny, despairing, optimistic are just some of the terms for Charity during the show. Very demanding role. The clue to the character is in her name. Any ethnicity.
Charity side option 1, Charity side option 2
Oscar Lindquist 25 – 40 (Baritone) An educated, well-spoken young man, shy, repressed and gawky. Works as an actuary (the most boring job in the world). A reluctant romantic, he meets Charity, falls in love with her but then struggles to come to terms with Charity’s past as a taxi dancer. Any ethnicity. Oscar side
Vittorio Vidal (Baritone) 30 – 45 Very handsome, international film star. Italian. Knows his place in the world. Charismatic and authoritative. Madly in love with Ursula. Any ethnicity. Vittorio side
Helene (Alto/Mezzo) 25 – 35 Fandango dancer, friend to Charity. Been around the block a bit. Straight talking, feisty, confident and streetwise. Any ethnicity.
Nicki (Alto/Mezzo) 25 – 35 Fandango dancer, friend to Charity. A dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Nickie assumes the maternal role over the girls. She has seen it all and is quick to offer advice to Charity and the other girls. Like Charity though she has aspirations to get out. Any ethnicity.
Helene/Nicki side one, Helene/Nicki side 2
Herman (Tenor) 35 – 55 Owner of Fandango Ballroom. Works his girls hard but secretly cares for them. A tough taskmaster. Any ethnicity.
Ursula March. 25 – 35 Beautiful, hot-headed and jealous wife of an Italian movie star, Vittorio Vidal. A flair for the dramatic. Any ethnicity.
Daddy Brubeck (Tenor) 30 – 50 A true hippie, founder and leader of the Rhythm Of Life Church. Primarily a singing role. A spiritual, enigmatic but laid back kind of guy. Any ethnicity. Daddy Brubeck Side
Ensemble (varied, any ethnicity).
Park Crowd, Dancing Couples, 92nd Street Y Patrons, Rhythm of Life church Congregation, Subway Riders, Coney Island People, Fan-Dango Ballroom Customers and Employees, featured dancers (the fruge)
female ensemble side, male ensemble side