Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Little Bit of Broadway

Promises, Promises

One of the wonderful things about Broadway is when someone revives one of the classic Broadway shows. And when they revive a show that’s hasn’t ever had a major revival, well, that’s icing on the cake. This season that icing was Promises, Promises. Based on the Billy Wilder 1960 film The Apartment, this 1968 show ran for almost 1,300 performances, Jerry Orbach won the Tony for best actor in a musical and Marion Mercer won for best featured actress in a musical. This year’s revival was nominated for 4 Tony awards and won one - Katie Finneran won for best featured actress in a musical.

Music Burt Bacharach
Lyrics Hal David
Book Neil Simon
Basis Film The Apartment screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

What else was on the boards while Promises, Promises was playing?
-- The first time
-- The Lees of Old Virginia
-- Aquarius
-- Hair
-- Good morning starshine

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