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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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Promises Promises tickets are on sale now at the Broadway Theatre box office. The hit musical comedy is a revival of the original production which ran on Broadway in 1968 at the Shubert Theatre. The show is based on the American screenplay "The Apartment (1960)" which was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. The film was an instant smash hit bringing in $25 million dollars at the box office, winning over critics and being nominated for 10 Academy Awards in which it took home 5 including Best Picture. Neil Simon went on to adapt the screenplay for the stage along with Burt Bacharach (music)and Hal David(lyrics).

The Revival

The current running show stars Sean Hayes portraying Chuck Baxter, the insecure employee of an insurance company looking forward to making a run up the ladder and Kristin Chenoweth as Fran Kubelik. Mr. Hayes of course well known for his role of Jack on the popular sitcom "Will & Grace" makes a strong Broadway debut, what he lacks in his singing is made up for with his charming mannerism. The musical is almost solely based on the character of Chuck and his moral debacle which Mr. Hayes can deliver great comedic moments through his own self-deprecation.

Following in the success of the "Mad Men" 1960's time capsule, which includes miniskirts, variety shows and spoofs around with the prevalence of sexism the revival stays true to the "beat down" office worker mentality that made the original production such a hit. The music of Burt Bacharach accompanied with the "can't get out of your head" lyrics of Hal David still shine as effective as ever, even some four decades after it was first unleashed to audiences. One cannot help but be transformed back into the time period of the Manhattan Martini lunch and commercial jingles, which quickly put the viewer under its hypnotic spell. The current revival has added two more songs from the Bacharach-David partnership which include "I Say a Little Prayer" and "A House is Not a Home" in order to add depth to Kristin Chenoweth's role as Fran.

The first act of the show spends its time developing Chucks's character and ultimately his moral Dilemma. Stuck in his mundane office job and desiring for a big promotion, he begins to lend out his apartment to those who can help him move up. After J.D. Sheldrake, the program director for "Consolidate Life" insurance, sees the glowing reviews from Chuck's superiors, he is quick to evaluate the reasoning. Sheldrake is soon to realize his own personal benefits to being able to use Chuck's apartment and makes a deal for sole use of it in exchange for Chuck to get the promotion he longs for. Unfortunately Chuck's new boss will be using the flat to spend time with Fran, a cafeteria waitress whom Chuck has grown quite fond of. The end of the second act enjoys the biggest dance number at the company Christmas party from the pop-culture hit "Turkey Lurkey Time" in which original choreographer Michael Bennett made famous. Ashford does handle the choreography work for the revival in an efficient manner.

The second act is where the show really takes off in large part to Katie Finneran who can take Simon's comedic wit and run with it. Her scene at the top of the act is sure to be the highlight of the show and leave viewers with a belly ache. To be honest her scene as an inebriated bar-fly in which Chuck makes the moves on is worth the price of admission alone.

Promises Promises tickets are running between $50.00 to $150.00 dollars. The show is a great choice for those looking for a lighthearted, funny musical with a top notch score. The music and lyrics in front of the wonderful orchestrations of Jonathan Tunick are what truly make this show stand out. The audiences are immediately thrown back into the nostalgia of 1960's Manhattan in the most amusing way. Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth have extended their roles for the open-ended production through December 26, 2010 so grab a few Promises Promises tickets and catch the original cast while you still can!

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