Nice Work If You Can Get It BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 24, 2012
Closing:
June 15, 2013

Theater: Imperial Theatre / 249 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

This new musical features a veritable hit parade of iconic George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songs as well as some unknown gems in their catalog, and a book by Joe DiPietro. Nice Work If You Can Get It follows Billie Bendix (Kelli O’Hara), a tough-as-nails bootlegger who meets wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter (Matthew Broderick) on the weekend of his nuptials. Mayhem ensues.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Falling in Love, Footstep by Footstep

    Ben Brantley

    April 24, 2012: Every now and then, a bubble of pure, tickling charm rises from the artificial froth of “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” the pastiche of a 1920s musical featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Most of this show, which opened on Tuesday night at the Imperial Theater, registers as a shiny, dutiful trickle of jokes and dance numbers performed by talented people who don’t entirely connect with the whimsy of a bygone genre.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Matthew Broderick’s show ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ is a very enjoyable romp

    Mark Kennedy

    April 24, 2012: Kelli O’Hara has admitted that she was a little reluctant at first to sing some of the classic, heavily picked-over Gershwin songs before starting on “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Thankfully that changed when she got to hold a gun.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Nice Work If You Can Get It

    David Rooney

    April 24, 2012: The last time Matthew Broderick headlined a major musical was opposite Nathan Lane in the instant blockbuster The Producers, the 2001 show that ushered in a new age of irreverence on Broadway and scooped up a record 12 Tony Awards. Mel Brooks’ runaway hit was sublime silliness, a giddy valentine to old-time musical theater with nothing on its mind but delirious entertainment. The same could be said of Nice Work If You Can Get It, which brings Broderick back in a disarming ball of fluff that seems tailor-made to fit his droll brand of comedy.

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  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Matt Windman

    April 24, 2012: Matthew Broderick, who hasn't enjoyed much success on Broadway since "The Producers" a decade ago, manages to redeem himself in "Nice Work If You Can Get It," a "new" Gershwin musical also starring Kelli O'Hara and other stage veterans who bring down the house in supporting comedic roles.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Adam Markovitz

    April 24, 2012: If you're not a musical-theater fan, Nice Work If You Can Get It will probably confirm your worst fears about Broadway. The mugging. The wigs. The wheezing one-liners. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) with a light-as-air book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis), the show uses a screwball love story between a Prohibition-era playboy (Matthew Broderick) and a bootlegger (South Pacific's Kelli O'Hara) as an excuse for a medley of classic George and Ira Gershwin tunes. It's as joyfully airheaded and kitschy as a drag show, which should make it a must-see for anyone with a more-is-more stance on sequins.

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