[THEATER] Sae La Chin is in the Molly Ringwald-starrer "Sweet Charity"
- Cast Announced for Molly Ringwald Sweet Charity Tour
By Robert Simonson
Sae La Chin is in the cast
The national tour of Sweet Charity, starring Molly Ringwald as
Charity Hope Valentine, has announced its full cast.
Joining the "Pretty in Pink" and Cabaret star will be Adam Perry,
Ben Cameron, Amanda Watkins (as Nickie), Kisha Howard (as Helene),
Richard Ruiz (as Herman), Angel Reda, Aaron Ramey (as Vittorio),
Nova Bergeron, Kathryn Mowat Murphy, Guy Adkins (as Oscar), David
Glaspie (as Daddy), Angel Reda, Laquet Sharnell, Colin Cunliffe,
Keven Quillon, Sae La Chin, Rhea Patterson, Tonya Wathen, Nova
Bergeron and Merrit Tyler Hawkins.
The tour, based on the Walter Bobbie Broadway production that
starred Christina Applegate, will launch on Sept. 12 at San Diego's
Other cities include Los Angeles, Sacramento, Salt Lake City,
Denver, Memphis, Buffalo, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas.
Ringwald has appeared on Broadway in Cabaret and Off-Broadway in
tick,tick...BOOM!, as well as in the plays Enchanted April, Modern
Orthodox and How I Learned to Drive. She is well known from such
films as "Pretty in Pink," "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast
The revival closed on Broadway on Dec. 31, 2005. The show was
nominated for Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award. Applegate and
choreographer Wayne Cilento were also nominated.
SAE LA CHIN (Margarita) was born in Seoul, South Korea. She is
currently a Radio City Rockette and has toured nationally with Fosse
and The King and I. She has also performed with the Metropolitan
Opera Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble and in Donald Byrd's
Harlem Nutcracker. On television, Sae La has appeared on "The Macy's
Thanksgiving Parade" and "Good Morning, America." She received her
bachelor's degree from UC Irvine and a master's degree from NYU. She
can be seen later this summer appearing in Cabaret and The King and
SAE LA CHIN (Ensemble/Dance Captain) was born in Seoul, South Korea.
She is currently a Radio City Rockette and has toured nationally
with Fosse and The King and I. She has also performed with the
Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble and in
Donald Byrd's Harlem Nutcracker. On television, Sae La has appeared
on "The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade" and "Good Morning, America." She
received her bachelor's degree from UC Irvine and a master's degree
from NYU. She can be seen later this summer in The King and I.
Sae La Chin (Girl in the Green Dress, Ensemble) with NSMT: Camelot.
Elsewhere: Sae La is thrilled to be working at NSMT again. She is
currently a Radio City Rockette in New York and has toured
nationally with Fosse and The King and I. She has also worked at
Sacramento Music Circus, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Martha
Graham's Second Company. She graduated with a BFA from UC Irvine and
a MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Sae La will be performing
in the first national tour of Sweet Charity this fall. "Thanks to my
family and friends for their love and support."
''Shift,'' for Julian Barnett and Isadora Wolfe, contrasted
stillness with plunges through space. Sudden bursts of movement
filled ''Untitled,'' a solo for Sae La Chin, who was also sent
scrambling about with Eliza Carollo and Kimberly Petros in the
choreography for ''In.''
The leading man, Don Lockwood is played by Matt Loehr. His rendition
of the title song while dancing in the theatre with rain pouring on
him, is very well done. Matt also solos on "You Were Meant for Me"
and "Gotta Dance". (The dancing girl in this segment played by Sae
La Chin is the most outstanding dancer in the show and this segment
will take your breath away with her expertise in it.) Don's love
interest in this show, Kathy Seldon is played by 20 year old Kelly
Felthous. She plays the spunky ingenue who steals Don's heart. Kelly
gets to show off her beautiful voice in "You Are My Lucky
Star", "Would You" and in "Good Morning", the best dance number in
the show which she does with Matt and Mark Ledbetter who plays Cosmo.
By contrast, Untitled, a solo performed by Sae La Chin, was much
more visceral, more evocative and human in its expression of angst,
of pain. An arm reaches around behind the back of a body whose head
hangs down, the face covered in hair, and is extended in contracted
"Manta Ray," while overly lengthy, included wing-span-width flexible
disks of stretchy fabric. The disks could be folded like Mobius
strips or drawn about the head to create a bell-shaped tail. It
began to resemble a rhythmic gymnastics display when a duo, Sae La
Chin and Yula Chin, joined Notary and began to spin the props around
their heads. Another highlight was "3 of 51," (Notary, Caroline
Lewis, and Schurich) which had the dancers grounding suspended mesh
tubes, which were used as expressionistic relief canvasses for their
screaming faces, swings, and womb-like caves. Terry and Judy Notary
constructed the props.