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What Is the Story of Nice Work If You Can Get It?
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.
[Nice Work features] a portable fireworks kit of dazzlers (‘Someone to Watch Over Me,’ ‘Do It Again’) guaranteed to charm just about anyone, theater fan or not.Review by Adam Markovitz from Entertainment Weekly
The show plays to its stars’ strengths—Broderick’s patented goofy and wimpy demeanor and O’Hara’s lustrous voice on songs like ‘Someone to Watch Over Me.’ She also displays deft and surprising bits of Lucille Ball-inspired physical comedy.Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News
What Is Nice Work If You Can Get It Like?
Nice Work If You Can Get It is a 20s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between Jimmy (Matthew Broderick) and Billie (Kelli O’Hara). Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It is a lighthearted crowd pleaser set to the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” 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.
Is Nice Work If You Can Get It Good For Kids?
Nice Work If You Can Get It is a wholesome theatrical experience reminiscent of the glitz and glamour of an old movie musical. Some characters drink alcohol (it’s a musical about Prohibition, after all) and there is some brief cartoon-like violence and references to sex, but no more than a PG movie would include. If your child sits attentively through musicals on DVD, she’s likely to enjoy seeing the extravagant lights, sets and costumes in person.