A new generation of Broadway theatregoer is exposed to the classic songs of composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin starting March 29 with the first preview of the new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It. Kelli O'Hara plays a bootlegger who falls for a tipsy playboy played by Matthew Broderick. The stars of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, welcomed their extended Gershwin family, O'Hara and Broderick, to Broadway in a March 28 photo op.
Nice Work is the second Gershwin show on Broadway at the moment; Porgy and Bess, by the brothers and Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, and Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre L. Murray, is playing the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
The Joe DiPietro-penned Nice Work plot was inspired by the Gershwin brothers' tuneful 1926 musical Oh, Kay!, which premiered at the same theatre where Nice Work has set up shop — the Imperial. The songs "Do, Do, Do" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" are hold-overs from that score. DiPietrio (Memphis) told Playbill.com that in creating the show at the invitation of the Gershwin estate, he and director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall were told he could use any song they wished from the songwriters' catalog — except numbers from Porgy and Bess.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Welcomes The Gershwins' Nice Work If You Can Get It To Broadway