A new generation of Broadway theatregoer gets exposed to the classic songs of composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin with the new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It — which borrows the brothers' show tunes from the '20s and '30s — opening April 24.
The show's story was inspired by the Gershwins' tuneful 1926 musical Oh, Kay!, which premiered at the same theatre where Nice Work has set up shop — the Imperial. The songs "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Do, Do, Do" are the hold-overs from that score. DiPietrio (Memphis) told Playbill.com that in creating the show at the invitation of the Gershwin estate, he and director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall were told he could use any song they wished from the songwriters' catalog — except numbers from Porgy and Bess.
Three-time Tony winner Marshall (The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Anything Goes) directs a cast that includes Tony winner Broderick (Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Producers, How to Succeed in Business…) as much-married playboy Jimmy Winter and Tony nominee O'Hara (South Pacific, The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza) as streetwise Billie Bendix, plus Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons ("Bonnie and Clyde," Broadway's August: Osage County) as Jimmy's rich, business-owner mother Millicent Winter; Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera) as prohibitionist Estonia Dulworth; Tony Award nominee Michael McGrath (Spamalot) as bootlegger Cookie McGee; Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as heiress Eileen Evergreen; Chris Sullivan as rumrunner Duke Mahoney; Robyn Hurder as vamp Jeannie Muldoon; Stanley Wayne Mathis as Police Chief Berry and Terry Beaver as Senator Max Evergreen.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.