Promises, Promises Offers Actors Fund Performance Sept. 19

News   Promises, Promises Offers Actors Fund Performance Sept. 19
The Tony-nominated revival of Promises, Promises — starring Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy winner Sean Hayes — offers a special performance Sept. 19 to benefit The Actors Fund.

Promises, Promises stars Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth
Promises, Promises stars Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth Photo by Joan Marcus

The 8 PM performance of the revival at the  Broadway Theatre will benefit the non-profit organization. For tickets call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133, e-mail or visit

The musical romp about clandestine office romance will have played 30 previews and 291 regular performances when it closes Jan. 2, 2011. Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Rob Ashford staged the production that began previews 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.

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.

The Actors Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.

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Brooks Ashmanskas, Ken Land, Peter Benson and Seán Martin Hingston
Brooks Ashmanskas, Ken Land, Peter Benson and Seán Martin Hingston
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