Aficionados of the American Songbook will kick up their heels for the new Kathleen Marshall musical based on the music of the iconic 20th century composer and lyricist team, George and Ira Gershwin. The new musical comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It, will open April 24, 2012, at the Imperial Theatre at 249 West 45th Street.
Nice Work If You Can Get It recalls the slapstick musicals of Broadway's yesteryear. A flapper bootlegger, "Billie Bendix," meets a wealthy playboy, "Jimmy Winter," on the weekend of his impending nuptials. Once they cross paths, the campy chaos begins.
Cast & Creative
Leading the cast of Nice Work If You Can Get It as "Jimmy Winter" is stage and film star Matthew Broderick, who two Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! (1995) and Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for Neil Simon's original Broadway production of Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983).
Broadway star Kelli O'Hara takes on the role of "Billie Bendix," the flapper bootlegger foil to Broderick's playboy. O'Hara has earned three Tony nominations in her career, including Best Featured Actress in a Musical for The Light in the Piazza (2005) and Best Actress Tony nominations for her work in The Pajama Game (2006) and Rodgers' & Hammerstein's South Pacific (2008).
Nice Work If You Can Get It features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, creators of well over 1,000 songs in their long career as composers of musical shows, standards, and songs for film. This production will also highlight some unknown Gershwin gems for Broadway audiences.
The production is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall who won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Choreographer for the revival of Anything Goes. Marshall also won the Best Choreography Tony for Wonderful Town (2004) and The Pajama Game (2006).
The production also features a stellar supporting cast of accomplished stage and film performers, including Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons as "Millicent Winter," Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as "Estonia Dulworth," Tony Award nominee Michael McGrath as "Cookie McGee," Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as "Eileen Evergreen," Chris Sullivan as "Duke Mahoney," Robyn Hurder as "Jeannie Muldoon," Stanley Wayne Mathis as "Chief Berry," and Terry Beaver as "Senator Max Evergreen."
Rounding out the ensemble are Cameron Adams, Clyde Alves, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jason DePinto, Kimberly Faure, Robert Hartwell, Stephanie Martignetti, Barrett Martin, Michael X. Martin, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Jennifer Smith, Joey Sorge, Samantha Sturm, Kristen Beth Williams, and Candice Marie Woods.
The creative team includes a who's who of Tony-winning designers. Scenic design is led by Derek McLane, who also designed the 2011 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Costume design is by Martin Pakledinaz, Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski and Sound Design by Brian Ronan. David Chase is the Music Supervisor, and Tom Murray is the show's Music Director.
Producers for Broadway's Nice Work If You Can Get It include Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Standing CO Vation, Candy Spelling, Freddy DeMann, Ronald Frankel, Harold Newman, Jon B. Platt, Raise The Roof 8, Takonkiet Viravan, William Berlind / Ed Burke, Carole L. Haber / Ellen Carusi, Jim Herbert/Scott Mauro, Barbara and Buddy Freitag / Sandy Robertson.
Tickets for Nice Work If You Can Get It can be purchased on the show's website.