Broadway Theatre, (4/25/2010 - 1/02/2011)

First Preview: Mar 28, 2010
Opening Date: Apr 25, 2010
Closing Date: Jan 02, 2011
Total Previews: 30
Total Performances: 289

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: The offices of Consolidated Life; Chuck's Apartment House; Lum Ding's Restaurant and Madison Square Garden; Clancy's Lounge; Others

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, The Weinstein Company/Terry Allen Kramer, Candy Spelling, Pat Addiss, Michael Speyer & Bernie Abrams, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand and Norton Herrick/Barry & Fran Weissler/TBS Service/Laurel Oztemel; Associate Producer: Michael McCabe/Joseph Smith and StageVentures 2009 No. 2 Limited Partnership

Book by Neil Simon; Music by Burt Bacharach; Lyrics by Hal David; Based on the screenplay "The Apartment" by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond; By arrangement with MGM On Stage; Musical Director: Phil Reno; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Dance Music Arranger: David Chase

Directed by Rob Ashford; Choreographed by Rob Ashford; Associate Director: Christopher Bailey; Associate Choreographer: Christopher Bailey

Scenic Design by Scott Pask; Costume Design by Bruce Pask; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson; Associate Scenic Design: Orit Carroll; Associate Costume Design: Matthew Pachtman; Associate Lighting Design: Karen Spahn and Carolyn Wong; Associate Sound Design: Joanna Lynne Staub

Executive Producer: Beth Williams; General Manager: Allan Williams, Alan Wasser Associates and Mark D. Shacket; Company Manager: Laura Kirspel

Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro; Stage Manager: Pat Sosnow

Musical Coordinator: Howard Joines; Conducted by Phil Reno; Associate Conductor: Mat Eisenstein; Reeds: Les Scott, James Ercole, Kenneth Dybisz and Jacqueline Henderson; Trumpets: Barry Danielian, David Trigg and Dan Urness; Trombone: Jason Jackson; Drums: Perry Cavari; Bass: Michael Kuennen; Guitar: Ed Hamilton; Percussion: Bill Hayes; Concert Master: Rick Dolan; Violin: Elizabeth Lim-Dutton; Viola: Liuh-Wen Ting; Cello: Laura Bontrager; Keyboard 1: Matt Perri; Keyboard 2: Mat Eisenstein

Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing: Allied Live; General Press Representative: The Hartman Group; Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Fight direction by Thomas Schall

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Opening Night Cast

Kristin ChenowethFran Kubelik
Sean HayesChuck Baxter
Brooks AshmanskasMr. Dobitch
Peter BensonMike Kirkeby
Katie FinneranMarge MacDougall
(Mar 28, 2010 - Oct 10, 2010)
Tony GoldwynJ.D. Sheldrake
Seán Martin HingstonMr. Eichelberger
Ken LandJesse Vanderhof
Dick LatessaDr. Dreyfuss
Cameron AdamsGinger
Miss Della Hoya
Lum Ding Hostess
Ashley AmberMiss Kreplinski
Helen Sheldrake
Helen AnkerMiss Olson
(Mar 28, 2010 - Dec 14, 2010)
Nikki Renée DanielsBarbara
Orchestra Voice
Sarah Jane EvermanKathy
Orchestra Voice
Chelsea KrombachSharon
Orchestra Voice
Keith KühlEddie Roth
Matt LoehrLum Ding Waiter
Mayumi MiguelVivien
Miss Wong
Brian O'BrienKarl Kubelik
Company Doctor
Adam PerryEugene
Megan SikoraSylvia Gilhooley
Miss Polanski
Ryan WatkinsonNight Watchman
New Young Executive
Kristen Beth WilliamsPatsy
Orchestra Voice

Swings: Nathan Balser, Wendi Bergamini, Sarah O'Gleby and Matt Wall

Understudies: Ashley Amber (Miss Olson, Miss Polanski), Nathan Balser (Eugene, Jesse Vanderhof, Karl Kubelik, Lum Ding Waiter, Mike Kirkeby, Mr. Dobitch, Mr. Eichelberger, Night Watchman), Wendi Bergamini (Ginger, Helen Sheldrake, Miss Della Hoya, Miss Kreplinski, Miss Olson, Miss Polanski, Miss Wong, Orchestra Voice, Sylvia Gilhooley, Vivien), Sarah Jane Everman (Fran Kubelik), Ken Land (Dr. Dreyfuss, J.D. Sheldrake), Marty Lawson (Lum Ding Waiter, Mike Kirkeby, Mr. Eichelberger), Matt Loehr (Chuck Baxter, Mike Kirkeby), Brian O'Brien (J.D. Sheldrake, Jesse Vanderhof, Mr. Dobitch, Mr. Eichelberger), Sarah O'Gleby (Ginger, Helen Sheldrake, Miss Della Hoya, Miss Kreplinski, Miss Olson, Miss Polanski, Miss Wong, Orchestra Voice, Sylvia Gilhooley, Vivien), Megan Sikora (Fran Kubelik, Marge MacDougall), Matt Wall (Eugene, Jesse Vanderhof, Karl Kubelik, Lum Ding Waiter, Mike Kirkeby, Mr. Dobitch, Mr. Eichelberger, Night Watchman), Ryan Watkinson (Karl Kubelik) and Kristen Beth Williams (Marge MacDougall)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Sean Hayes

winner 2010 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Katie Finneran

 2010 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

 2010 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Jonathan Tunick

Drama Desk Award

 2010 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, The Weinstein Company/Terry Allen Kramer, Candy Spelling, Pat Addiss, Michael Speyer & Bernie Abrams, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand and Norton Herrick/Barry & Fran Weissler/TBS Service/Laurel Oztemel

winner 2010 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Katie Finneran

 2010 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Brian Ronan


music by Burt Bacharach; lyrics by Hal David

ACT 1 Sung By
Half as Big as LifeChuck Baxter
Grapes of RothChuck Baxter and Bar Patrons
UpstairsChuck Baxter
You'll Think of SomeoneFran Kubelik and Chuck Baxter
Our Little SecretChuck Baxter and J.D. Sheldrake
I Say a Little PrayerFran Kubelik and Girls
BasketballChuck Baxter
Knowing When to LeaveFran Kubelik
Where Can You Take a Girl?Mr. Dobitch, Mr. Kirkeby, Mr. Eichelberger and Jesse Vanderhof
Wanting ThingsJ.D. Sheldrake
Turkey Lurkey TimeMiss Polanski, Miss Wong, Miss Della Hoya and Employees of Consolidated Life
A House Is Not a HomeFran Kubelik
ACT 2 Sung By
A Fact Can Be a Beautiful ThingChuck Baxter, Marge MacDougall and Bar Patrons
Whoever You AreFran Kubelik
Christmas DayJ.D. Sheldrake, Helen Sheldrake and Party Guests
A House Is Not a Home (Reprise) Chuck Baxter
A Young Pretty Girl Like YouChuck Baxter and Dr. Dreyfuss
I'll Never Fall in Love AgainFran Kubelik and Chuck Baxter
Promises, PromisesChuck Baxter
Promises, Promises (Reprise) Fran Kubelik and Chuck Baxter


AP: "Hayes sparks 'Promises, Promises' Broadway revival"

The hypnotic Burt Bacharach beat remains undiminished some four decades after it was unleashed in "Promises, Promises," the 1968 musical now getting an agreeable if not altogether transporting revival on Broadway.

Bacharach's unique pop sound and Hal David's catchy lyrics form their own little time capsule celebration of the '60s, that "Mad Men" era of miniskirts, narrow ties, three-martini lunches and the latest dance craze on the "Shindig!" and "Hullabaloo" television variety shows.

For much of the time, the production, which opened Sunday, coasts amiably on the considerable appeal of its leading man, Sean Hayes, who is making an impressive Broadway debut. Hayes portrays Chuck Baxter, the insecure company man who lends out his bachelor apartment for extramarital, romantic dalliances by its corporate executives.

But a moral crisis occurs when he discovers the big boss (a suave, Frank Sinatra-sounding Tony Goldwyn) is having an affair with a woman, Fran Kubelik (Kristin Chenoweth), whom Chuck fancies, too.

Hayes, best known for playing Jack on TV's "Will & Grace," may not have the best singing voice, but he has boyish charm to spare – plus a nifty '60s haircut. And it's his ingratiating and comic, self-deprecating manner that will win you over, particularly in the character's many asides directed to the audience.

"Promises, Promises," which is based on the Oscar-winning film "The Apartment," was adapted for the stage by Neil Simon, but Simon's laugh-filled original has been tinkered with by director-choreographer Rob Ashford.

The musical always has been a tired businessman's kind of show even as it spoofs the sexism so prevalent in the day. "Promises, Promises" is mostly about its leading man. But Ashford has added two other Bacharach-David hits to the evening, "I Say a Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not a Home" to beef up Chenoweth's role of that ill-used, unhappy woman.

The actress has been cast against type, and it's not always to her advantage. Chenoweth naturally exudes peppiness, a sunny quality that for much of the time has to remain hidden here under Fran's morose, other-woman persona.

Yet she and Hayes score in a quietly effective rendition of "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," the best-known of the songs written specifically for the musical.

Ashford's choreography is efficient if not exactly joyous, even for the show's biggest dance number, "Turkey Lurkey Time," a frantic Christmas office party revelry. It may be unfair, but the moment is haunted by Michael Bennett's galvanizing choreography for the original production, which has found an afterlife in a grainy Tony Award video clip that has proven popular with Internet theater buffs.

"Promises, Promises" is one of those rare shows that improves after intermission. The spark is provided right at the top of the second act by the scene-stealing Katie Finneran as an inebriated woman of the loosest virtue. Simon's comic writing is at its peak here, as Chuck, also more than a bit tipsy, tries to pick her up in a bar. And Finneran simply runs away with the audience's affection.

Dick Latessa cements that affection with his ingratiating portrait of Chuck's neighbor, a doctor who listens with amazement – and admiration – at the parade of women making their way to the man's apartment. Little does he know that it is that quartet of libidinous executives having those assignations. And Brooks Ashmanskas, Ken Land, Peter Benson and Sean Martin Hingston handle their lechery with ease.

Designer Scott Pask's colorful settings look a little lost on the wide stage of the Broadway Theatre, too big a playhouse for a show as frequently intimate as "Promises, Promises." The clothes by Bruce Pask (yes, Scott's brother) accurately reflect '60s fashion, most stylishly the men's executive suits.

But it's that Bacharach-David score, augmented by superb Jonathan Tunick orchestrations, that provide the best nostalgia kick. It's a shame these guys never wrote another musical for Broadway.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Broadway Theatre

(4/25/2010 - 1/2/2011)
Company Manager: Penelope Daulton(May 3, 2010 - ?).

Associate Conductor: Matt Perri.


Wendi Bergamini
Miss Olson (Dec 15, 2010 - ?)
Margot de la Barre
Orchestra Voice (Sep 27, 2010 - Nov 22, 2010)
Sharon (Sep 27, 2010 - Nov 22, 2010)
Simone De La Rue
Helen Sheldrake (Dec 20, 2010 - Dec 27, 2010)
Miss Kreplinski (Dec 20, 2010 - Dec 27, 2010)
Marty Lawson
Lum Ding Waiter
Ian Liberto
Molly Shannon
Marge MacDougall (Oct 12, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011)

Understudies: Simone De La Rue (Ginger, Helen Sheldrake, Lum Ding Hostess, Miss Della Hoya, Miss Kreplinski, Miss Olson, Miss Polanski, Miss Wong, Nurse, Orchestra Voice, Sylvia Gilhooley, Vivien), Ian Liberto (Company Doctor, Karl Kubelik, Lum Ding Waiter, New Young Executive, Night Watchman), Matthew Steffens (Eugene, Karl Kubelik, Lum Ding Waiter, Night Watchman), Matt Wall (Chuck Baxter), Ryan Watkinson (Mike Kirkeby, Mr. Eichelberger), Kristen Beth Williams (Miss Olson).

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