Kathleen Marshall To Make Matthew Broderick Tap-Happy in Broadway's Nice Work Musical in 2012

By Kenneth Jones
16 Jun 2011

Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
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The producers of the new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It, boasting a score by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro and direction and choreography by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, announced on June 16 that Tony winner Matthew Broderick would headline the show for a Broadway premiere in spring 2012.

The new musical will be produced by Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman, Roy Furman and Scott Landis.

Marshall is a three-time Tony winner for her choreography for Anything Goes, The Pajama Game and Wonderful Town. Broderick is a two-time Tony winner for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Brighton Beach Memoirs a nominee for The Producers.

DiPietro is a two-time Tony Award winner for his score and book to last season's Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis.



According to the first official Broadway announcement of Nice Work If You Can Get It, the show "features some of George and Ira Gershwin's most beloved songs as well as some unknown gems in the Gershwin catalog. This screwball romantic comedy takes place in the 1920s and centers around a wealthy playboy who gets mixed up with a hilarious trio of bootleggers."

The musical borrows elements from the classic 1926 Gershwin musical Oh, Kay!, which included such Gershwin gems as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Do, Do, Do," "Maybe," "Clap Yo' Hands" and "Dear Little Girl."

Still high from her June 12 Tony Award win for Choreography and Best Revival of a Musical for Anything Goes, Marshall said in a statement, "I am beyond thrilled to get to work with Matthew Broderick again and to bring Matthew back to Broadway in his first musical since The Producers. The chance to do a new musical comedy with timeless songs by the Gershwin brothers is just heavenly."

Additional casting, venue and creative team will be announced shortly.

DiPietro first flirted with this musical when it was called They All Laughed!, presented in 2001 at Goodspeed Opera House. (It was also called Heaven on Earth at one point.) Since that time, new collaborators and producers have shepherded the show forward. Harry Connick, Jr.'s name was once attached, and a 2009 Broadway launch had been mentioned.

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My One and Only (1983) and Crazy for You (1992, Best Musical Tony Award) are two Broadway hits that also borrowed from the Gershwin catalog. An African-American cast performed in a revised revival of Oh, Kay! on Broadway in 1990.

At the Alley Theatre in Houston, Crazy for You librettist Ken Ludwig's An American in Paris — which has the same title as the famous M-G-M film, but a new plot — premiered in 2008, using Gershwin hits.