Tony winner Judy Kaye and Tony nominees Michael McGrath and Jennifer Laura Thompson will join previously announced stars Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara in Nice Work if You Can Get It. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, and featuring a book by Joe DiPietro and the music of George and Ira Gershwin, the new musical begins performances at the Imperial Theatre on March 25, 2012. Opening night is set for April 24.
Kaye will take on the role of Estonia Dulworth, with McGrath as Cookie McGee and Thompson as Eileen Evergreen. The show will also feature Terry Beaver as Senator Max Evergreen, Robyn Hurder as Jeannie Muldoon, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Chief Berry and Chris Sullivan as Duke Mahoney.
The cast will also include Cameron Adams, Clyde Alves, Jason DePinto, Kimberly Faure, Stephanie Martignetti, Barrett Martin, Michael X. Martin, Vivian Nixon, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Jennifer Smith, Joey Sorge, Samantha Sturm and Kristen Beth Williams. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Nice Work If You Can Get It follows Billie Bendix (O'Hara), a tough-as-nails bootlegger who meets wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter (Broderick) on the weekend of his nuptials. Mayhem ensues.
Kaye earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera. Her additional Broadway credits includeGrease, On the Twentieth Century, Oh, Brother!, Ragtime, Mamma Mia!, Souvenir, and the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd. McGrath garnered a Tony nomination for Spamalot. His other Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Wonderful Town, Is He Dead?, Memphis and Born Yesterday. Thompson has appeared on Broadway in Footloose, Urinetown (earning a Tony nomination for Best Actress), Wicked and Lend Me a Tenor.
Nice Work If You Can Get It will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Brian Ronan.