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The Roaring Twenties Musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Features Girls, Glamour, and Gershwin

"Nice Work If You Can Get It" stars Alex Enterline as playboy Jimmy Winter (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” stars Alex Enterline as playboy Jimmy Winter (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will co-host Work Light Productions’ 2014-15 National Tour of the 2012 Tony Award®-winning musical comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It, on Jan. 20-25 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Inspired by material written by English authors and lyricists Guy Bolton (1884-1979) and P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975), Nice Work If You Can Get It is a “1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes, and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough-and-tumble lady bootlegger,” according to preshow publicity. Its dynamite score features vintage music and lyrics by George Gershwin (1898-1937) and Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) and a brand-new book by two-time Tony-winner Joe DiPietro, who took home the 2010 Tonys for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre and Best Book of a Musical for Memphis.

Nice Work If You Can Get It National Tour director and choreographer David Eggers will recreate the direction and choreography of the show’s original Broadway director and choreographer, three-time Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall, who won Best Choreography Tonys for Wonderful Town (2004), The Pajama Game (2006), and Anything Goes (2011).

When the curtain rises on Nice Work If You Can Get It, according the tour producer’s website:

“It’s the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter [played by Alex Enterline]. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billy Bendix [Mariah MacFarlane], a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes ….

“This brand-new musical features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular …. Nice Work If You Can Get It is filled to the brim with classic songs, including ‘But Not for Me,’ ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,’ ‘I’ve Got a Crush on You,’ and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me.’ This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!”

Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane star as Jimmy Winter and Billie Bendix in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane star as Jimmy Winter and Billie Bendix in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Nice Work If You Can Get It made its Broadway debut on April 24, 2012 at the Imperial Theatre, where it played 478 performances before closing on June 15, 2013. The show was nominated for ten 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography, plus the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Nice Work If You Can Get It won two Tonys — for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael McGrath as bootlegger Cookie McGee) and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye as Duchess Estonia Dulworth) — plus the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

According to the show’s press kit:

“[In addition to Alex Enterline as Jimmy Winter and Mariah MacFarlane as Billie Bendix, t]he tour [cast] will also features Reed Campbell as Cookie McGee, Aaron Fried as Duke Mahoney, Stephanie Gandolfo as Jeannie Muldoon, Stephanie Harter Gilmore as Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Benjamin Perez as Senator Max Evergreen, Rachael Scarr as Eileen Evergreen, Thomas Schario as Chief Berry, and [Wilmington, NC native] Barbara Weetman as Millicent Winter ….

“The [tour’s] creative team also includes Shoko Kambara (scenic design, based on the original Broadway scenic design by Derek McLane); Martin Pakledinaz (costume design); Amy Clark (costume coordinator); Paul Toben (lighting design, based on the original Broadway lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski); Keith Caggiano (sound design, based on the original Broadway sound design by Brian Ronan); and Paul Huntley (hair-and-wig design).

“The musical staff includes David Chase (music arrangements), Shawn Gough (music supervisor), Charlie Reuter (music director) and Bill Elliott (orchestrator). Casting is by Wojcik/Seay Casting, and Stacy Myers serves as the company manager.”

"Nice Work If You Can Get It" stars Rachael Scarr as Eileen Evergreen (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” stars Rachael Scarr as Eileen Evergreen (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

SECOND OPINION: Jan. 18th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Roy C. Dicks: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/17/4481205/next-stop-broadway-on-tour.html.

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre present NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-23, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $37.32-$116.74 (including fees).

BOX OFFICE:

NCT Box Office: 919-831-6941, ext. 6944, or http://www.nctheatre.com/2015-shows.

Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/1967710.

BSS GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-996-8707 group@raleighconvention.com, or http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south/group-sales.

NCT GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-831-6941, ext. 5204; ntheis@nctheatre.com; or http://www.nctheatre.com/tickets/group-sales.

SHOW: http://www.nctheatre.com/shows/nice-work, http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-5180, and https://www.facebook.com/events/615496478569331/.

VIDEO PREVIEWS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oBhXQpqTAI and http://www.niceworkontour.com/video/.

PRESENTERS:

Broadway Series South: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/broadway-series-south, https://www.facebook.com/broadwayseriessouthraleigh, and https://twitter.com/BroadwaySouth.

North Carolina Theatre: http://www.nctheatre.com/, https://www.facebook.com/nctheatre, https://twitter.com/nctheatre, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Theatre, and http://www.youtube.com/user/nctheatre.

BSS 2015 SEASON: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south.

NCT 2015 SEASON: http://www.nctheatre.com/2015-shows.

BSS BLOG: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/blog/news-events.

NCT BLOG (Stage Notes): http://www.nctheatre.com/stage-notes. VENUE: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/venue/memorial-auditorium.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/directions.

PARKING: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/parking.

OTHER LINKS:

Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012 Broadway musical): www.niceworkontour.com (official website), http://www.ibdb.com/show.php?id=491373 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nice_Work_If_You_Can_Get_It_%28musical%29 (Wikipedia).

George Gershwin (Brooklyn, NY-born composer, 1898-1937): http://www.gershwin.com/ (official website), http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=5813 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gershwin (Wikipedia.

Ira Gershwin (New York City-born lyricist, 1896-1983): http://www.gershwin.com/ (official website), http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=6435 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Gershwin (Wikipedia).

Joe DiPietro (Teaneck, NJ-born playwright and lyricist): http://www.rnh.com/bio/88/DiPietro-Joe (Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization bio), http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=383115 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_DiPietro (Wikipedia).

Kathleen Marshall (Pittsburgh, PA-born Broadway director and choreographer): http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=1296 (Internet Broadway Database) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Marshall (Wikipedia).

David Eggers (National Tour director and choreographer): http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=76406 (Internet Broadway Database).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Robert W. McDowell has written articles for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, CVNC, and Triangle Arts and Entertainment, all based in Raleigh. He edits and publishes two FREE weekly e-mail newsletters. Triangle Review provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of local performing-arts events. (Start your FREE subscription by e-mailing robertm748@aol.com and typing SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) McDowell also maintains a FREE list of movie sneak previews. (To subscribe, e-mail robertm748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)

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