Promises, Promises Revival Has a "Prayer" and a "Home"

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The starry revival of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's hit 1968 musical Promises, Promises, which began previews March 27 at the Broadway Theatre, features two songs interpolated into the classic score.

Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth
Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth Photo by Tony D'Orio

As previously reported, the revival — which co-stars Emmy winner Sean Hayes as Chuck Baxter and Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth as Fran Kubelik — features the addition of the Bacharach-David hit "I Say a Little Prayer," which is performed by Fran (Chenoweth) and "The Girls." The production also boasts another Bacharach-David favorite, "A House Is Not a Home," which is also performed by Fran (Chenoweth).

Directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford, Promises will officially open April 25.

In addition to Hayes, who is making his Broadway debut, and Chenoweth, the cast also features Tony Goldwyn as J.D. Sheldrake, Tony Award winner Katie Finneran as Marge MacDougall and Tony Award winner Dick Latessa as Dr. Dreyfuss. The ensemble includes Brooks Ashmanskas as Mr. Dobitch, Peter Benson as Mr. Kirkeby, Seán Martin Hingston as Mr. Eichelberger, Ken Land as Jesse Vanderhof, and features Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Helen Anker, Nathan Balser, Wendi Bergamini, Nikki Renee Daniels, Sarah Jane Everman, Chelsea Krombach, Keith Kuhl, Matt Loehr, Mayumi Miguel, Brian O'Brien, Sarah O'Gleby, Adam Perry, Megan Sikora, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson and Kristen Beth Williams.

Promises features a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a book by Neil Simon. Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning Billy Wilder film "The Apartment," the musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of the Consolidated Life Insurance Company and Chuck Baxter, one of its charming young employees. In an effort to advance at the company, Chuck lends executives his apartment for their extramarital romantic trysts. But things become slightly complicated when Fran Kubelik, the object of Chuck's affection, becomes the mistress of one of his executives."

The production features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Bruce Pask, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, with music direction by Phil Reno and dance music arrangements by David Chase. The 1968 musical was nominated for Best Musical at the 1969 Tony Awards. The score also includes "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Knowing When to Leave," "Where Can You Take a Girl?," "You'll Think of Someone," "Turkey Lurkey Time," "A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing," "Wanting Things," "Whoever You Are" "Half As Big As Life," "Basketball," "Upstairs," "A Young Pretty Girl Like You" and the title tune.

Promises is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, The Weinstein Company/Terry Allen Kramer, Candy Spelling, Pat Addiss, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer and Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand in association with Michael McCabe/Joseph Smith and Stage Ventures 2009 No. 2 Limited Partnership. Beth Williams is the executive producer.

Tickets range from $136.50-$56.50 and are available by visiting telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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