Emmy and Tony Award winner Blythe Danner begins performances tonight in the hit Tony Award winning musical comedy NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Ms. Danner joins the production for 12 weeks only through March 10th. She assumes the role of Millicent Winter, the mother of Matthew Broderick’s character Jimmy Winter.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, featuring music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, stars two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara. The production is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall and is now playing at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). Tickets are currently on sale through June 2, 2013.
This new musical features a veritable hit parade of iconic George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songs, and some unknown gems in their catalog, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I’ve Got to Be There,” “Sweet & Lowdown,” “’S Wonderful,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” Fascinating Rhythm,” “But Not for Me,” “Blah, Blah, Blah” and many more. It’s the roaring twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy (Broderick). But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger (O’Hara) who melts his heart.
In addition to Matthew Broderick as Jimmy Winter, Kelli O’Hara as Billie Bendix and Blythe Danner as Millicent Winter, the show also stars two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as Estonia Dulworth, Tony Award winner Michael McGrath as Cookie McGee, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Eileen Evergreen, Chris Sullivan as Duke Mahoney, Robyn Hurder as Jeannie Muldoon, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Chief Berry and Tony Award nominee Terry Beaver as Senator Max Evergreen.
The cast also features Cameron Adams, Clyde Alves, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jason DePinto, Kimberly Fauré, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Grasan Kingsberry, Stephanie Martignetti, Barrett Martin, Michael X. Martin, Kaitlin Mesh, Shina Ann Morris, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Jennifer Smith, Joey Sorge, Correy West, Kristen Beth Williams.
The creative team includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Brian Ronan and orchestrations by Bill Elliott. The music supervisor is David Chase and the music director Tom Murray.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is produced on Broadway by 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, Under the Wire/Jim Herbert, Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT earned 2012 Tony Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Michael McGrath) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Judy Kaye); 2012 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael McGrath) and Outstanding Book of a Musical (Joe DiPietro); and 2012 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye) and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael McGrath).
The Original Broadway Cast Recording for NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is now available on the Shout! Factory label, distributed by Sony Music Distribution.
Tickets for NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT are available through www.Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, and in person at the Imperial Theatre box office (249 West 45th Street). Tickets range in price from $137.00 to $47.00 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee). Premium seating is available.
BLYTHE DANNER is a prolific, Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actress who has appeared in numerous stage, television and film roles. Danner first appeared on stage with the Theater Company of Boston and the Trinity Square Repertory Company (now Trinity Repertory Company) in Providence. She gained national attention at age 25 by winning the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Lincoln Center Rep’s production of The Miser, and went on to win a Tony Award in 1970 for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free. Danner received three additional Tony nominations: in 1980 for the original Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal; in 1988 for a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Streetcar Named Desire; and in 2001 for a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. For more than 20 years, she has been a regular performer at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival. On PBS, Danner has been seen in Chekov’s The Seagull, Shaw’s Candida, and Williams’s Eccentricities of a Nightingale. One of her earliest starring film roles was in the title role of Lovin’ Molly, directed by Sidney Lumet. She has appeared in two films based on novels by Pat Conroy, The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, in the beloved musical 1776, and two television movies adapted from books by Anne Tyler, Saint Maybe and Back When We Were Grownups. For director Woody Allen, she has appeared in Another Woman, Alice and Husbands and Wives. More recently, Danner starred the Warner Bros. film The Lucky One, based upon the novel by Nicholas Sparks; in Hello, I Must Be Going, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January; with Robert De Niro in the hit comedy Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers, alongside Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman; the romantic comedy The Last Kiss, for director Tony Goldwyn; and the biographical drama Sylvia, about poet Sylvia Plath, in which she shared the screen with daughter Gwyneth Paltrow. Danner also lent her vocal talents to the animated adventure Howl’s Moving Castle. In 2002, Danner’s performance in the television adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were the Mulvaneys earned an Emmy Award nomination. In both 2005 and 2006, she won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Izzy in Showtime’s acclaimed series “Huff,” and garnered an Outstanding Guest Actress nomination for her work on “Will & Grace,” and Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for her role in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Back When We Were Grownups, the latter of which also earned Danner a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Danner sits on several environmental advisory boards and holds honorary Doctorates of Artsfrom her alma mater Bard College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Williams College.