Norstrom and Kelly Make Promises, Promises at Stages St. Louis Starting July 16

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Ben Nordstrom is an office worker on the rise opposite Tari Kelly as a lovesick secretary in the Stages St. Louis production of Promises, Promises, which begins its groove July 16.

Tari Kelly
Tari Kelly

Michael Hamilton helms the production that reflects the original 1968 version of the musical that has a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Neil Simon. Performances will run through Aug. 15.

Promises, Promises features Nordstrom as Chuck Baxter with Kelly as Fran. The company also includes Richard Pruitt (Dr. Dreyfuss), Michael Halling (J.D. Sheldrake), Patrick Martin (Karl Kubelik), Edward Juvier (Mr. Dobitch), April Strelinger (Sylvia Gilhooley), David Schmittou (Mr. Kirkeby), Ellen Isom (Ginger), John Flack (Mr. Eichelberger), Lisa M. Ramey (Vivien Della Hoya), Darrel Blackburn (Jesse Vanderhof), Abbey Elliott (Miss Kreplinski/Miss Polansky), Maria Tholl (Company Nurse/Helen Sheldrake), Borris York (Company Doctor), Kari Ely (Peggy Olson), Nic Thompson (Waiter), Mark Roland (Bartender Eugene), Sarah Staker (Ms. Ross), Brandi Wooten (Marge MacDougall), Andrew Laudel, Borris York and Lisa Campbell Albert.

The production has choreography by Dana Lewis, musical direction by Lisa Campbell-Albert, scenic design by Mark Halpin, costume design by John Inchiostro, lighting design by Matthew McCarthy and orchestral design by Stuart M. Elmore.

Here's how Stages St. Louis describes the show: "Adapted from Billy Wilder’s 1960 Oscar-winning film 'The Apartment,' Promises, Promises focuses on a rising executive, Chuck Baxter, who tries to curry favor with his superiors by letting them borrow his apartment for romantic trysts. Set in the Mad Men era of Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, Promises, Promises remains slick, hip and timeless."

The first Broadway revival of Promises, Promises is currently playing the Broadway Theatre starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. The production earned a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Revival. The original 1968 production was Tony-nominated for Best Musical. For tickets phone call (314) 821-2407 or StagesStLouis. Performances take place at The Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, MO.

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