Promises, Promises Will Also Star Latessa, Hingston, Benson; Complete Cast Annnounced
By Kenneth Jones
Complete casting for the first Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises was unveiled Feb. 4. Tony Award winner Dick Latessa is among those who will join the already announced Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Brooks Ashmanskas, Katie Finneran and Tony Goldwyn at the Broadway Theater.
Previews of the '60s-set musical directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford begin March 27 at 8 PM. It will open April 25.
Newly announced principals in the cast of 27 include Hairspray Tony winner Latessa as Dr. Dreyfuss, Peter Benson as Mr. Kirkeby, Sean Martin Hingston as Mr. Eichelberger and Ken Land as Jesse Vanderhof.
The 1968 musical inspired by the Billy Wilder film, "The Apartment," has a book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David.
As previously announced, the workplace-set show stars Sean Hayes as Chuck Baxter, Kristin Chenoweth as Fran Kubelik, Tony Goldwyn as J.D. Sheldrake, Tony Award winner Katie Finneran as Marge MacDougall and Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas as Mr. Dobitch. It will also now feature Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Helen Anker, Nathan Balser, Wendi Bergamini, Nikki Renee Daniels, Sarah Jane Everman, Chelsea Krombach, Keith Kuhl, Matt Loehr, Mayumi Miguel, Brian O'Brien, Sarah O'Gleby, Adam Perry, Megan Sikora, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson and Kristen Beth Williams.
In the musical, Chuck climbs the corporate ladder by lending his apartment to executives for sexual liaisons. He falls in love with Fran, who is connected to one of the execs.
The musical spawned the memorable pop hits "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "Promises, Promises," both popularly recorded by Dionne Warwick.
Promises, 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.
Promises, Promises 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.
Goldwyn appeared in Off-Broadway's The Dying Gaul, The Sum of Us and The Water's Edge, Ashmanskas appeared in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Ritz and stars in the current Present Laughter, Tony winner Chenoweth is a veteran of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wicked and The Apple Tree, Hayes starred in TV's "Will & Grace" and teh Encores! Summer Stars production of Damn Yankee.
Tony Award winner Finneran (Noises Off) will play Marge MacDougall, the one-scene, one-song character that won Marian Mercer a Tony Award back in 1969. She and Chuck have a memorable scene in a restaurant at Christmastime.
Tony winner Ashford (who choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie and Cry-Baby) makes his Broadway directorial debut here. In London, he was lauded for his direction of A Streetcar Named Desire and Parade.
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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.
The playing schedule for Promises, Promises is as follows: Monday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Saturday at 2 PM, with an added 2 PM Wednesday matinee on April 14. Beginning Monday April 19, the playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM (note the Tuesday, April 20 performance is at 8 PM). Tickets range from $136.50-$56.50.
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