Broadway Revival of Promises, Promises to Close

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and Andrew Gans
16 Sep 2010

<I>Promises, Promises</I> stars Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth
Promises, Promises stars Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth
Photo by Joan Marcus

Broadway will lose its Bacharach groove in 2011. The Tony Award-nominated revival of Promises, Promises, starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth, will close Jan. 2, 2011, at the Broadway Theatre.

Hayes and Chenoweth, who were announced to depart the production Dec. 26, have extended their contracts through the end of the run. Original cast members Tony Goldwyn and Dick Latessa, as well as "SNL" favorite Molly Shannon, who will replace Tony winner Katie Finneran in October, will also perform through the closing performance.

The musical romp about clandestine office romance will have played 30 previews and 291 regular performances when it closes. Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Rob Ashford staged the production that began March 28, 2011, and officially opened April 25, 2010.

Promises, Promises earned Tony Award nominations for Best Lead Actor (Hayes), Best Featured Actress (Finneran), Best Choreography (Ashford) and Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick). Finneran took home the honor.

Producers state that discussions for a possible tour have begun.



Theatregoers should also take note that Chenoweth will be absent from the production Oct. 15-27 due to previous commitments. The Tony-winning actress will also be out of the show Dec. 29-Jan. 1, 2011, but will return for the final performance.

The cast also features Brooks Ashmanskas, Helen Anker, Peter Benson, Seán Martin Hingston, Ken Land, Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Wendi Bergamini, Nikki Renee Daniels, Sarah Jane Everman, Chelsea Krombach, Keith Kuhl, Ian Liberto, 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 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. "I Say a Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not a Home" have been interpolated into the score for this revival.

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 are available by visiting telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.