Promises Promises Broadway Musical Revival Delivers

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Broadway Theatre

1681 Broadway at 53rd Street

Two hours and 40 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission

April 25, 2010 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Musical

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Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Mon through Sat 8pm

The Promises Promises Broadway play is a first time revival. The last time this laugh out loud musical was on the Broadway stage was back in 1968 at the Shubert Theatre. It enjoyed a healthy run until it closed on January 1, 1972 and today has found its way back onto the stage at the Broadway Theatre. Thee current running production starts the Emmy winning actor Sean Hayes for its open-ended run.

The original production of the Promises Promises Broadway play was based on the 1960 film "The Apartment" which was written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. The Broadway revival includes the renowned music from legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and book by Neil Simon, quite and impressive lineup.

On The Revival

The show centers around the main character Chuck Baxter (Sean Hayes), an ambitious office employee working for an insurance company named Consolidated Life. Chuck is trying to move up within the company ranks and willing to do just about anything. When some of Chucks superiors promise they will put in the word for a promotion in exchange for the use of his apartment for their escapades good ole' Chuck happily agrees. Eventually, the program director for the insurance company, J.D. Sheldrake, notices the many rave reviews coming to his desk and becomes intrigued. He approaches Chuck for the sole use of his apartment for his promiscuous escapades. Mr. Sheldrak in return promises the position which Chuck desires along with some tickets for a basketball game. All the while Chuck has been developing feelings for Fran Kubelik, the company's cafeteria worker who just so happens to be "one of" Sheldrak's love interests. Fran soon is to learn perhaps she is not the "only one" and Chuck eventually is informed of the affair between his boss and the woman who he desires.

As far as the genre of musical comedy goes for the Promises Promises Broadway show delivers. Much of the hilarity comes in the second act and dished out by a fireball actress named Katie Finneran, who plays the unforgettable bar-fly wallflower Marge. Her role is likely to be in many viewer's eyes the highlight of the entire show and one you will be left talking about long after leaving the theater. The story is told through song and dance sequences, which add to its appeal. The work of solid-gold pop composer Burt Bacharach and the lyrics of Hal David create some very memorable moments. Most notably the title song and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", which was recorded and released by Dionne Warwick before the musical opened and quickly became an international sensation. Other songs of note include "Knowing When To Leave", "Turkey Lurkey Time," and "She Likes Basketball".

Through following the lackluster lives of a bunch of desk jockeys in early 1960's Manhattan the audience gets to experience Chuck Baxter's coming-of-age story. A man who is devoted to climbing the corporate latter at all costs, at least so he thinks. Kristin Chenoweth has announced that she will continue playing the character of Fran Kubelik through December 26, 2010, she was originally set to leave the production on September 26, 2010. Sean Hayes has also announced that he will be leaving on the same date. The extended run for the original cast of the Promises Promises Broadway musical comedic smash provides a wonderful opportunity so grab some tickets and enjoy the laughs.

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