Never Gonna Dance Box Office Opens Sept. 22 Toward an Oct. 27 First Preview at Broadhurst

News   Never Gonna Dance Box Office Opens Sept. 22 Toward an Oct. 27 First Preview at Broadhurst The box office at the Broadhurst Theatre opens 10 AM Sept. 22 for tickets to the new musical, Never Gonna Dance, which features music of American master Jerome Kern and lyrics by a handful of the 20th century major rhymers.

Michael Greif directs and Jerry Mitchell choreographs the Fred-and-Ginger-flavored show, drawing on the old RKO picture, "Swing Time" (and a story by Erwin Gelsey). Jeffrey Hatcher penned the libretto.

Noah Racey and Nancy Lemenager makes their starring role debuts. The company also includes Karen Ziemba, Peter Bartlett, Peter Gerety, David Pittu, Deborah Leamy, Philip LeStrange, Ron Orbach, Eugene Fleming, and Deidre Goodwin.

The Broadhurst Theatre is at 235 W. 44th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

Never Gonna Dance previews begin Oct. 27, followed by an opening of Dec. 4.

The show "begins with John 'Lucky' Garnett (Noah Racey), a professional dancer, coming to New York in order to prove his worth to his fiancée's father by attempting to earn $25,000 by any means except dancing. Inspired by the energy and rhythms of the city, he of course can't keep still, and goes on to dance his way through hilarious adventures with his fine new romance, the dance teacher, Penny Carroll (Nancy Lemenager)." Ensemble members include Timothy J. Alex, Julio Augustin, Roxane Barlow, Julie Connors, Sally Mae Dunn, Jennifer Frankel, Jason Gillman, Greg Graham, Ipsita Paul, T. Oliver Reid, Kirby Ward and Tommar Wilson.

The show is expected to boast such Kern standards as "Who" (from Sunny), "She Didn't Say Yes" (from The Cat and the Fiddle), "The Song Is You" (from Music in the Air), "I'd Be Hard to Handle" (from Roberta), plus classic movie musical songs "Pick Yourself Up," "Waltz in Swing Time," "The Way You Look Tonight," "A Fine Romance," "Never Gonna Dance," "Bojangles of Harlem" (all from "Swing Time"), "Dearly Beloved" and "I'm Old-Fashioned" (from the film "You Were Never Lovelier"), "I Won't Dance" (from the film "Roberta"), "You Couldn't Be Cuter" (from the film "The Joy of Living") and "Remind Me" (from the film "One Night in the Tropics").

Lyricists whose work is used include Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Johnny Mercer, Otto Harbach and Jimmy McHugh.

Never Gonna Dance's playing schedule is 8 PM Monday-Saturday and 2 PM Wednesday and Saturday.

Tickets ($71.25-$101.25) are also available through Telecharge at (212) 947-8844.

For more information, visit www.NeverGonnaDance.com.