NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, featuring music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, began previews at the Imperial Thetare on March 29 and officially opens tonight, April 24, 2012. We highlight the star-studded production's road to Broadway below!
The musical got its start in November 2007, with a workshop featuring Harry Connick Jr. and Erin Dilly. At that time, the show was titled Heaven on Earth. The musical was first scheduled to debut at the Colonial Theatre in Boston, running from December 16, 2008 through January 11, 2009, and was expected to open on Broadway in Spring 2009. After several delays, it was announced in August 2011, it was officially announced that Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall would helm NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, to open on Broadway in Spring 2012. The cast and creative team met the press in March, and gave a sneak peek of the new show.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT follows Billie Bendix (Kelli O'Hara), a tough-as-nails bootlegger who meets up with wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter (Matthew Broderick) on the weekend of his nuptials. Featuring a veritable hit parade of iconic George and Ira Gershwin songs as well as some unknown gems in their catalog, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is a new take on a classic 1920's musical farce. Featured songs include such classics as: "Fascinating Rhythm," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "S'Wonderful," "But Not for Me," "I've Got a Crush on You," and more.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT reunites Kelli O'Hara with Kathleen Marshall following their Tony-winning success with The Pajama Game and the critically-acclaimed Bells Are Ringing at Encores! last season. This production also marks Matthew Broderick's first musical since The Producers. In addition to Matthew Broderick as Jimmy Winter and Kelli O’Hara as Billie Bendix, the production also stars Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons as Millicent Winter, Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as Estonia Dulworth, Tony Award nominee Michael McGrath as Cookie McGee, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Eileen Evergreen, Chris Sullivan as Duke Mahoney, Robyn Hurder as Jeannie Muldoon, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Chief Berry and Terry Beaver as Senator Max Evergreen.
Tickets for NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT are available through www.Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, and in person at the Imperial Theatre box office (249 West 45th Street). Tickets range in price from $136.50 to $46.50 (all prices include a $1.50 facility fee). Premium seating is available.