Imperial Theatre, (4/24/2012 - 6/15/2013)

First Preview: Mar 29, 2012
Opening Date: Apr 24, 2012
Closing Date: Jun 15, 2013
Total Previews: 27
Total Performances: 478

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: July, 1927. Long Island, New York.

Opening Night Production Staff

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

Produced 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 Carusi, Buddy and Barbara Freitag/Sanford Robertson, Jim Herbert/Under the Wire, Emanuel Azenberg and The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin; Book by Joe DiPietro; Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse; Music orchestrated by Bill Elliott; Musical Director: Tom Murray

Directed by Kathleen Marshall; Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; Associate Director: Marc Bruni; Associate Choreographer: David Eggers

Scenic Design by Derek McLane; Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz; Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Projection Design by Alexander V. Nichols; Associate Scenic Design: Shoko Kambara; Associate Costume Design: Amy Clark; Associate Lighting Design: Paul Toben; Associate Sound Design: Cody Spencer; Video Programmer: Alexander V. Nichols

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Thom Clay; Associate Co. Mgr: Kevin Beebee

Technical Director: Neil Mazzella; Production Stage Manager: Bonnie L. Becker; Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates, Peter Fulbright, Tech Production Services, Inc. and James Kolpin; Stage Manager: Charles Underhill

Musical Supervisor: David Chase; Musical Coordinator: Seymour "Red" Press; Conducted by Tom Murray; Associate Conductor: Shawn Gough; Violin: Paul Woodiel; Woodwinds: Ralph Olsen, Todd Groves, Richard Heckman and Jay Brandford; Trumpet: Robert Millikan, Brian Pareshi and Shawn Edmonds; Trombone: Clint Sharman, Jason Jackson and Jack Schatz; Keyboard: Shawn Gough and Joseph Joubert; Drums: Eric Poland; Percussion: Andrew Blanco; Guitar: James Hershman; Bass: Richard Sarpola

Casting: Binder Casting, Jay Binder and Jack Bowdan; General Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Marketing: Serino Coyne; Digital Outreach & Website: Serino Coyne; Dance Captain: Jason DePinto; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Matthew BroderickJimmy Winter
Kelli O'HaraBillie Bendix
(Mar 29, 2012 - Mar 24, 2013)
Terry BeaverSenator Max Evergreen
(Mar 29, 2012 - Mar 24, 2013)
Robyn HurderJeannie Muldoon
Judy KayeDuchess Estonia Dulworth
Stanley Wayne MathisChief Berry
(Mar 29, 2012 - Mar 24, 2013)
Michael McGrathCookie McGee
(Mar 29, 2012 - Jan 06, 2013)
Estelle ParsonsMillicent Winter
(Mar 29, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012)
Chris SullivanDuke Mahoney
Jennifer Laura ThompsonEileen Evergreen
Cameron AdamsOlive
Clyde AlvesElliot
Kimberly FauréDottie
Robert HartwellSlim
Stephanie MartignettiMidge
Barrett MartinFletcher
Adam PerryEdgar
Jeffrey SchecterFloyd
Joey SorgeVic
Samantha SturmAlice
Kristen Beth WilliamsRosie
Candice Marie WoodsFlo

Swings: Kaitlyn Davidson and Jason DePinto

Standby: Michael X. Martin (Chief Berry, Cookie McGee, Duke Mahoney, Senator Max Evergreen) and Jennifer Smith (Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Millicent Winter)

Understudies: Cameron Adams (Billie Bendix), Kimberly Fauré (Eileen Evergreen, Jeannie Muldoon), Stephanie Martignetti (Billie Bendix), Jeffrey Schecter (Chief Berry, Cookie McGee), Joey Sorge (Jimmy Winter) and Kristen Beth Williams (Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Eileen Evergreen, Jeannie Muldoon)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2012 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced 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 Carusi, Buddy and Barbara Freitag/Sanford Robertson, Jim Herbert/Under the Wire, Emanuel Azenberg and The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

 2012 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Joe DiPietro

 2012 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Kelli O'Hara

winner 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical [winner] 

Michael McGrath

winner 2012 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical [winner] 

Judy Kaye

 2012 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Kathleen Marshall

 2012 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Kathleen Marshall

 2012 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Bill Elliott

 2012 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Martin Pakledinaz

 2012 Best Sound Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Brian Ronan

Drama Desk Award

 2012 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Standing CO Vation, Freddy DeMann, Ronald Frankel, Harold Newman, Jon B. Platt, Raise the Roof 8, Takonkiet Viravan, William Berlind/Ed Burke, Carole L. Haber/Susan Carusi and Buddy and Barbara Freitag/Sanford Robertson

winner 2012 Outstanding Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Joe DiPietro

 2012 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Kelli O'Hara

winner 2012 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Michael McGrath

winner 2012 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Judy Kaye

 2012 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Kathleen Marshall

 2012 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Bill Elliott

 2012 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Martin Pakledinaz

 2012 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Kathleen Marshall

Songs

music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung By
Sweet and LowdownJimmy Winter, Jeannie Muldoon, Chorus Girls and Society Guys
Nice Work If You Can Get ItJimmy Winter and Billie Bendix
Nice Work If You Can Get It (Reprise) Billie Bendix
Demon RumDuchess Estonia Dulworth, Chief Berry, Senator Max Evergreen and Vice Squad
Someone to Watch Over MeBillie Bendix
DelishiousEileen Evergreen, Bubble Girls and Boys
I've Got to Be ThereJimmy Winter, Jeannie Muldoon and Chorus Girls
I've Got to Be There (Reprise) Jeannie Muldoon and Chorus Girls
Treat Me RoughBillie Bendix
Let's Call the Whole Thing OffJimmy Winter, Billie Bendix and Chief Berry
Do It Again
(lyrics by Buddy DeSylva)
Jeannie Muldoon and Duke Mahoney
'S WonderfulJimmy Winter and Billie Bendix
Fascinating RhythmJimmy Winter, Cookie McGee and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Lady Be GoodOrchestra
But Not for MeBillie Bendix
By StraussDuchess Estonia Dulworth
Sweet and Lowdown (Reprise) Cookie McGee
Do, Do, DoJimmy Winter, Elliot, Vic and Floyd
Hangin' Around With YouBillie Bendix
Looking for a BoyDuchess Estonia Dulworth and Cookie McGee
Blah, Blah, BlahDuke Mahoney and Jeannie Muldoon
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Reprise) Billie Bendix and Jimmy Winter
Will You Remember Me?Billie Bendix and Jimmy Winter
I've Got to Be There (Reprise) Chorus Girls and Vice Squad
I've Got a Crush on YouEileen Evergreen, Chorus Girls and Vice Squad
Blah, Blah, Blah (Reprise) Jeannie Muldoon and Duke Mahoney
Looking for a Boy (Reprise) Cookie McGee and Duchess Estonia Dulworth
Delishious (Reprise) Chief Berry and Eileen Evergreen
Someone to Watch Over Me (Reprise) Jimmy Winter and Billie Bendix
They All LaughedFull Company

Reviews


AP: "Matthew Broderick's show 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' is a very enjoyable romp"

Kelli O’Hara has admitted that she was a little reluctant at first to sing some of the classic, heavily picked-over Gershwin songs before starting on “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Thankfully that changed when she got to hold a gun.

The image of her cradling a rifle while singing “Someone to Watch Over Me” — complete with the now-ironic lyric “I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood” — is just one of dozens of inventive moments in the new musical comedy that opened Tuesday at the Imperial Theatre.

While O’Hara and Matthew Broderick are the stars on stage, the real credit for this very enjoyable romp goes to book writer Joe DiPietro and director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall.

They’ve managed to take about 20 songs from the George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin catalog, marry them to the skeleton of the 1926 musical “O, Kay!” and emerge with a plot that makes madcap sense with songs that feel right for the occasion. If this is a jukebox musical, this is how you do it right.

The action takes place in 1927 on Long Island with Broderick playing the wealthy playboy Jimmy who is about to marry a well-connected modern dancer (Jennifer Laura Thompson), which would be his fourth wife. Those plans go out the window when he meets a pretty, bootlegging dame played by O’Hara.

The musical includes such beautiful tunes as “Sweet and Lowdown,” ‘’Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” ‘’S’Wonderful,” ‘’They All Laughed” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” (Only songs from the Gerswin’s “Porgy and Bess,” playing in the Broadway theater next door, were off-limits to producers.)

There are visual delights in every scene, from a bunch of drunken partiers and chorus girls disappearing into a tiny shack, to a bride whose wedding veil never seems to end, to a woman literally swinging from a chandelier, to 10 dancers — six female, four male — leaping out of a small tub.

A boyish Broderick plays it all with a look of bemusement that often becomes outright giggles. Though not the world’s best singer or dancer, there’s something charming and self-conscious and arch about him, as if he’s just another audience member along for the fun. If he doesn’t take it all so seriously, why should we?

O’Hara is, as usual, strong and feminine even in men’s clothes, with a voice to make you swoon. She gets to loosen up in one bedroom number in which she too-aggressively tries to seduce Broderick’s playboy — in what becomes the worst strip tease in history — and ends up in a heap in the bed. Estelle Parsons makes a late appearance as the playboy’s mother and almost steals the show. Fear not, everyone is happily paired off at the end.

DiPietro, who turned “Memphis” into a Tony Award winner, has massaged the script to such an extent that he has been able to slip song after song into spots like a frame over artwork. “I’ve Got a Crush On You” is sung by the self-important bride-to-be Thompson, “I Am Just a Little Girl” is sung by a drunken temperance activist (Judy Kaye biting into a delicious role) and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” — the one that playful contrasts to-mato versus to-mah-to — is sung right after the star-crossed main lovers have a fight, and it even gets joined by a police officer.

Marshall, a woman at home in a zany, feel-good world, lends some of the qualities that have made her “Anything Goes” a frothy must-see: Long-limbed dancing girls waving their arms in the sky, making huge kicks and doing a bit of naughty rear end bending and shaking. In one dance sequence Broderick and O’Hara dance on top of a table, chair, couch, end table and staircase, basically any possible surface on stage.

Many members of Marshall’s “Anything Goes” team have been reunited here: Costumes by Martin Pakledinaz emphasize short skirts, spats and hats, a glimpse of stocking — remember when that was shocking? — pinstriped suits and skimpy dresses. Derek McLane’s sets are rich and luxurious, from a glorious veranda to a ritzy dining room.

There’s a secondary love story between Jeannie the chorus girl (the not-to-be-messed-with Robyn Hurder) and a bootlegger named Duke (a teddy bearish Chris Sullivan). Other impressive turns are taken by Michael McGrath as wise guy Cookie McGee and Terry Beaver as the imperious Sen. Max Evergreen.

“Oh, enough with this song and dance,” says an irritated Evergreen at one point.

Perish the thought.


AP
04/24/2012

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Imperial Theatre

(4/24/2012 - 6/15/2013)
Assistant Co. Mgr: Jim Brady(Jan 29, 2013 - Jun 15, 2013).

Assistant Stage Mgr: Charlene Speyerer.

Piano/Accordian: Shawn Gough; Assistant Conductor: Aron Accurso; Piano/Keyboards: Aron Accurso; Violin: Kiku Enomoto(Mar 21, 2013 - Jun 15, 2013).

Cast

Andrew Cao
Elliot
Will Chase
During Matthew Broderick's hiatus
Jimmy Winter (Aug 21, 2012 - Aug 26, 2012)
Blythe Danner
Millicent Winter (Dec 18, 2012 - Apr 28, 2013)
Jason DePinto
Vic
Erin Dilly
During Kelli O'Hara's hiatus
Billie Bendix (Jul 15, 2012 - Jul 29, 2012)
John Treacy Egan
Chief Berry (Mar 29, 2013 - ?)
Paloma Garcia-Lee
Alice (Dec 18, 2012 - ?)
Grasan Kingsberry
Fletcher
Michael McGrath
Cookie McGee (Mar 5, 2013 - ?)
Shina Ann Morris
Flo
Jessie Mueller
Billie Bendix (Mar 29, 2013 - Jun 15, 2013)
Brad Oscar
Cookie McGee (Jan 8, 2013 - Mar 3, 2013)
Estelle Parsons
Millicent Winter (Apr 30, 2013 - Jun 15, 2013)
Conrad John Schuck
Senator Max Evergreen (Mar 29, 2013 - ?)
Emily Tyra
Rosie
Correy West
Slim




Standbys: Donna English (Millicent Winter, Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Millicent Winter), Richard Poe (Senator Max Evergreen).

Understudies: Cameron Adams (Jeannie Muldoon), Clyde Alves (Jimmy Winter), Andrew Cao (Jimmy Winter), Barrett Martin (Duke Mahoney), Emily Tyra (Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Eileen Evergreen).


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