April 24, 2012
Set in the 1920s, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the tale of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his wedding. Thinking Jimmy will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol the basement of his Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore.
Nice Work is loosely based on the 1926 Gershwin musical Oh, Kay! and features a score of classic Gershwin songs from Girl Crazy, Funny Face, Delicious and more.
Joe DiPietro’s Gershwin tuner They All Laughed premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House on June 28, 2001. After extensive rewrites and workshops, the musical was briefly titled Heaven on Earth, then renamed Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Book by Joe DiPietro; music by George and Ira Gershwin
Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Standing CO Vation, Candy Spelling, Freddy DeMann, Ronald Frankel, Harold Newman, Jon B. Platt, Raise the Roof 8, Takonkiet Viravan, William Berlind/Ed Burke, Carole L. Haber/Susan Carusi, Buddy and Barbara Freitag/Sanford Robertson, Jim Herbert/Under the Wire, Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Production of a Musical
Tony nominee Michael McGrath is reprising his role as Cookie McGee after starring in They All Laughed at the Goodspeed Opera House in 2001.