Not All Through With Promises, Promises

PlayBlog   Not All Through With Promises, Promises
Beyond the imminent Broadway revivals of his Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, what's on playwright Neil Simon's wish list? The 1969 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Promises, Promises, he told Variety's Army Archerd in recent days.

The 82-year-old writer hopes that there will be movement on a previously reported plan to bring the 1968 musical comedy (based on Billy Wilder's "The Apartment") back to Broadway.

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photo by Joan Marcus"]Sean Hayes<BR>photo by Joan Marcus[/caption]

Simon penned the libretto, and Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote the songs, helping to usher in a period when a musicals finally made contact with a modern pop-rock sound (coinciding with Hair, it turns out).

Simon was happy with a 2008 reading of the show that featured Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace," Encores! Summer Stars' Damn Yankees), but no production has yet been announced. Conversations among producers continue, we are told.

At a reading on Oct. 18, 2008, Hayes played Chuck Baxter, the role originated by Tony winner Jerry Orbach, and Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries, " "Rachel Getting Married," Central Park's Twelfth Night) played Fran Kubelik, created by Jill O'Hara (together, they sing the show's hit, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"). Fans of the score are hoping that the outcome isn't "a guy with a pin to burst your bubble."

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