A COVER STORY: Nice Work If You Can Get It
By Matthew Blank
The new Broadway musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It begins previews March 29 at the Imperial Theatre.
Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and three-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara star in the new musical featuring music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.
The show has a libretto by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), who took inspiration from the Gershwins' Jazz Age musical Oh, Kay!, which played the Imperial in the 1920s. Here's a songlist from the new show.
Opening night is April 24.
The production is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Anything Goes).In addition to Matthew Broderick as Jimmy Winter and Kelli O'Hara as Billie Bendix, the production also stars Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons as Millicent Winter, Tony Award winner Judy Kaye as Estonia Dulworth, Tony Award nominee Michael McGrath as Cookie McGee, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Eileen Evergreen, Chris Sullivan as Duke Mahoney, Robyn Hurder as Jeannie Muldoon, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Chief Berry and Terry Beaver as Senator Max Evergreen.
The cast will also include Cameron Adams, Clyde Alves, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jason DePinto, Kimberly Faure, Robert Hartwell, Stephanie Martignetti, Barrett Martin, Michael X. Martin, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Jennifer Smith, Joey Sorge, Samantha Sturm, Kristen Beth Williams and Candice Marie Woods.
The production will also feature scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Brian Ronan. The music supervisor is David Chase and the music director Tom Murray.
Nice Work If You Can Get It is produced on Broadway by Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Standing CO Vation, Candy Spelling, Freddy DeMann, Ronald Frankel, Harold Newman, Jon B. Platt, Raise The Roof 8, Takonkiet Viravan, William Berlind / Ed Burke, Carole L. Haber / Susan Altamore Carusi, Jim Herbert / Scott Mauro, Barbara and Buddy Freitag / Sandy Robertson.
In the show, Billie Bendix (Kelli O'Hara) is a bootlegger who meets wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter (Matthew Broderick) on the weekend of his nuptials. Mayhem ensues.
Tickets are available through www.Telecharge.com and by calling (212) 239-6200, and in person (beginning March 1) at the Imperial.
Tickets range in price from $136.50 to $46.50 (all prices include a $1.50 facility fee). Premium seating is available.
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