There’ll be plenty of Laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin as The Production Company presents Nice Work If You Can Get It at Arts Centre Melbourne from 15 August 2015.
Set in the 1920s, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who has been married three (or is it four?) times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer.
Thinking Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol the basement of Jimmy’s Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore.
Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters and snappy dialogue by book writer Joe DiPietro, Nice Work If You Can Get It harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy with a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes including Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, ‘S Wonderful and Fascinating Rhythm.
Directed by Helpmann Award winner, Roger Hodgman (Show Boat, Grey Gardens) with Musical Director John Foreman (The Boy From Oz, Singin’ in the Rain) and Choreography by Dana Jolly (Show Boat, Grey Gardens), Nice Work If You Can Get It features Rohan Browne, Esther Hannaford, Christie Whelan-Browne, Gina Riley, Nicki Wendt, George Kapiniaris, John Wood, Tony Farrell, Monica Swayne, and Jensen Overend.
Nice Work If You Can Get It
State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Season: 15 – 23 August 2015
Bookings: 1300 182 183 or online at: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
For more information, visit: www.theproductioncompany.com.au for details.
Image: Rohan Browne and Esther Hannaford in Nice Work If You Can Get It