Tony winner Blythe Danner will star as boozy matron Millicent Winter in Nice Work if You Can Get It beginning December 18, opposite Matthew Broderick as her son, Jimmy Winter. Danner succeeds Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons, who will depart the production on December 16. Danner will play a 12-week engagement with the production through March 10 at the Imperial Theatre.
Featuring music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Joe DiPietro, Nice Work If You Can Get It is directed by Kathleen Marshall. In addition to Broderick and Danner, the production stars Kelli O’Hara as Billie Bendix, two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Estonia Dulworth, Tony winner Michael McGrath as Cookie McGee, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Eileen Evergreen, Chris Sullivan as Duke Mahoney, Robyn Hurder as Jeannie Muldoon, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Chief Berry and Tony nominee Terry Beaver as Senator Max Evergreen. The ensemble includes Cameron Adams, Clyde Alves, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jason DePinto, Kimberly Fauré, Robert Hartwell, Grasan Kingsberry, Stephanie Martignetti, Barrett Martin, Michael X. Martin, Shina Ann Morris, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Jennifer Smith, Joey Sorge, Samantha Sturm, Kristen Beth Williams and Candice Marie Woods.
Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of rich playboy Jimmy Winter (Broderick), who falls head over heels for tough bootlegger Billie Bendix (O’Hara) on the weekend of his wedding to modern dancer Eileen Evergreen (Thompson). Nice Work If You Can Get It opened on April 24 and earned 2012 Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (McGrath) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Kaye).
Danner earned a Tony Award for Butterflies Are Free and three additional nominations for Follies, A Streetcar Named Desire and Betrayal. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Deep Blue Sea, Blithe Spirit, The Philadelphia Story, Twelfth Night, The Miser, Lovers and Cyrano de Bergerac. She earned two Emmy Awards for Huff. Danner’s additional film and TV credits include Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers, The Lucky One, The X Files, Up All Night and Will & Grace.
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