By Brandon Voss
14 Apr 2012
photo by Paul Kolnik
Aside from Marshall's involvement and the catchy score, Broderick was immediately attracted to Nice Work's libretto. Written by Memphis Tony winner Joe DiPietro, the new book is inspired by Oh, Kay!, a Gershwin musical that opened at the Imperial in 1926. "It's very special," Broderick says. "The songs are old, but Joe's book is surprisingly funny and fresh. It helps the show feel anything but old-fashioned."
Broderick plays Jimmy Winter, a wealthy, popular bon vivant who lives in a large Long Island mansion. "He's on his fourth or fifth marriage — even the character isn't sure — and he's sort of a happy drunk or whatever you'd call a guy who likes to have a good time the way people did in 1920s, drinking champagne and dancing around like maniacs."
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To get a better feeling for the period, Broderick watched a lot of old movies on TCM. "I've stolen from so many things," he says, "but the truth is that I usually only watch really old movies anyway. I'm like a very old man." Particular inspiration has come from 1936's "My Man Godfrey" and Warren William pictures like 1932's "Skyscraper Souls." "I like anything where the man has a pencil-thin mustache."
But how does O'Hara compare to Nathan Lane as an onstage partner? "Well, she's prettier," says Broderick with a laugh. "If Kelli and I can generate half the romantic chemistry that Nathan and I had, I think we'll be just fine."
(A version of this article appears in the April 2012 issue of Playbill magazine.)