Promises, Promises to Return to Broadway With Hayes and Chenoweth Starring

By Robert Simonson
26 Oct 2009

Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth
Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes will star in a new revival of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical Promises, Promises, which will arrive in spring 2010.

Previews at the Broadway Theatre will begin on Sunday, March 28th, 2010, with an opening night slated for Sunday, April 25th, 2010.

Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford will also make his Broadway directorial debut and choreograph. More casting and creative team members will be announced in the near future.

Chenoweth will portray Fran Kubelik and Hayes will by ladder-climbing executive Chuck Baxter in an upcoming Broadway revival. Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Candy Spelling and The Weinstein Company will produce.

Promises, Promises is a musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's popular film, "The Apartment," about a corporate shlub named Chuck Baxter, who earns promotions by lending his pad out to executives for sexual liaisons. Things get complicated when Chuck falls for one of the office women, Fran, who is invited to the flat by an exec.

The musical spawned the memorable pop hits "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "Promises, Promises," both popularly recorded by Dionne Warwick.

Neil Simon penned the original book and revised it for the popular Encores! concert revival at City Center in 1997. In that revival, a "new" song, "You've Got It All Wrong," was interpolated. The score also includes "Knowing When to Leave" (which got radio airplay), "Where Can You Take a Girl?," "You'll Think of Someone," "Turkey Lurkey Time," "It's Our Little Secret," "A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing," "Wanting Things," "Whoever You Are, I Love You," "Half As Big As Life," "She Likes Basketball," "Upstairs," "A Young Pretty Girl Like You."

Jerry Orbach and Marian Mercer won 1969 Tony Awards for their work in the original staging, which was produced by David Merrick. The musical also received nominations for A. Larry Haine (Featured Actor in a Musical), Edward Winter (Featured Actor in a Musical), Jill O'Hara (Actress in a Musical), Michael Bennett (Choreographer), Robert Moore (Director) and Best Musical.

Promises, Promises ran 1,281 performances and was one of the first mainstream Broadway musicals to offer a commercial pop sound in its score.