Theater: Nice Work if You Can Get it

Opened: April 24, 2012

Book by: Joe DiPietro

Music by: George Gershwin

Lyrics by: Ira Gershwin

Original Broadway Cast: Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Estelle Parsons, Judy Kaye, Michael McGrath, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Chris Sullivan, Robyn Hurder, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Terry Beaver, Cameron Adams, Clyde Alves, Kim Fauré, Robert Hartwell, Stephanie Martignetti, Barrett Martin, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Joey Sorge, Samantha Sturm, Kristen Beth Williams & Candice Marie Woods

Though a new musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It has a comforting familiarity to it, but is forgettable.

Jimmy Winter (Matthew Broderick) is getting ready to marry modern dancer Eileen Evergreen (Jennifer Laura Thompson). On the weekend of his wedding, he meets bootlegger Billie Bendix (Kelli O’Hara) who decides to use his empty mansion to hide cases of alcohol. But when Jimmy uses his mansion for the wedding, he and Billie start to fall for each other.

Set in the 1920s, there are songs and dances that are standard to any Gershwin show. However, there’s no defining number with the ensemble. Supporting actress Judy Kaye has the two most memorable songs that both are boosted by her acting.

While O’Hara is delightfully entertaining, she and Broderick have little chemistry.

Final say: Nice if you can remember it. ★★★☆☆

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