NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Reviews

LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Reviews
Posted: 4/24/12 at 01:33am
Today is Tuesday, April 24, marking the official opening night of Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway, which borrows the Gershwin brothers' show tunes from the '20s and '30s. Kelli O'Hara plays a bootlegger who falls for a tipsy playboy played by Matthew Broderick in the new plot created by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro. The musical recently picked up nine Outer Critics Circle nominations, the most of any production of the season.
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CockeyedOptimist2
Broadway Legend
joined:1/10/10
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 01:38am
Saw it again tonight and loved it once again. I hope it gets the great reviews I think it deserves! Best to the cast and crew!
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 01:44am
I have a feeling this will turn out to be the surprise hit of the season! Wishing them all the best.
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
mc1227
Broadway Legend
joined:7/29/07
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 06:02am
Best wishes for a fun and successful opening and for great reviews!!
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DottieD'Luscia
Broadway Legend
joined:7/23/03
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 07:25am
I have a ticket for May 18th (thanks to WAT for running to the box office for me). I'm really looking forward to this.
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ChildrenwillListen
Featured Actor
joined:3/12/12
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 07:59am
Happy Opening Cast! Break a leg!
EponineAmneris
Broadway Legend
joined:5/25/06
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 08:00am
I wish Matthew and Kelli all the best! Break-A-Legcast and crew!
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henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 09:24am
I predict mixed to very positive reviews - which for a musical this season is almost a singular accomplishment.
WithoutATrace
Broadway Legend
joined:11/27/04
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 09:44am
I loved every single thing about this production. At the very least, I'm hoping for rave reviews for Kathleen Marshall's work. Congrats to all involved, and here's hoping this turns into a hot ticket.
SexyPants88
Understudy
joined:12/29/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 10:36am
Such a fun and charming show! Definitely wishing it well!
proud new New Yorker (okay, proud new Astorian)
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 10:51am
I was completely surprised by how much I loved it. I hope it's a big, fat hit.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 11:08am

lupone76 is mixed with a rave for Judy Kaye.

I expected a Gershwin musical to be chock full of many high energy dance numbers. As it turns out there are only a few in the show. None of which are remarkable.

It was great to see Estelle Parsons do her thing as 'Mother'. Eventhough she was only on stage toward the end of the show. I can not say a bad thing about any of the performers.


http://broadwayworld.com/board/readmessage.php?thread=1044068#4261647
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TaleofTwo
Broadway Star
joined:9/30/08
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 11:30am
Unlike the LED theme park over at the Lunt, this one deserves great reviews. Wonderful production.
“Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good.” ? Terrence Mann
SondheimFan5
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/10
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 11:47am
It was so much fun 2 weeks ago and I'm sure it's only got even tighter since. It's a big throwback to all the big flashy tuners from the 20s and 30s. With a very strong cast and a witty book to boot. *Knock on wood* this WILL be the surprise hit of the season.
North2009
Understudy
joined:5/19/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 04:36pm
Has anyone posted a list of the musical numbers?
TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 07:48pm
^ AP and Huffington Post are the same review, just posted on both sites.
egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 07:52pm
North2009, here's the list of musical numbers:

http://ibdb.com/production-songs.php?ShowNo=491373&ProdNo=491374
North2009
Understudy
joined:5/19/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 07:54pm
Thank you. Much appreciated.
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 08:28pm
Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 08:57pm
Variety is mixed to positive, it seems. Correct me if I am wrong:

"The newly manufactured 1920s-set musical "Nice Work if You Can Get It" crams vintage Gershwin songs into a bubbly crowdpleaser, enchantingly rendered by thesps Kelli O'Hara, Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye. Mix in staging and choreography by Kathleen Marshall ("Anything Goes") and a cheerfully screwball if somewhat creaky new book by Joe DiPietro, and you've got what might be termed a good new old-fashioned musical. If only its likable, hard-working leading man -- a miscast Matthew Broderick -- didn't seem to be painfully concentrating on his next step, all night long."

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947441?refCatId=33

Updated On: 4/24/12 at 08:57 PM
Auggie27
Broadway Legend
joined:10/13/03
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 09:06pm
I agree with the posts that suggest a surprise hit. The show had far less discernible buzz, good or bad, than any other -- which in this season helps it from this point on.
"I'm a comedian, but in my spare time, things bother me." Gary Shandling
broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 09:13pm
Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.
Updated On: 4/24/12 at 09:13 PM
broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 09:16pm
The Hollywood Reporter is positive! (though I noticed it lists the theatre as the Lunt-Fontanne, someone should change that quickly lest someone accidentally stumble upon GHOST)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/nice-work-you-can-get-it-review-matthew-broderick-315617




Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.
Updated On: 4/24/12 at 09:16 PM
broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 09:18pm
The Chicago Tribune is mixed :

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/sc-ent-0424-nice-work-broadway-review-20120424,0,2028515.column

"But for all DiPietro's stylish jokes and other amusements, and despite O'Hara's lovely voice and Marshall's fresh choreographic stylings, the show somehow doesn't hang together in a fully satisfying way. You struggle to fully buy the story, which gets fractured between too many locales and takes turns that leave you scratching your head. Overall, the book feels as if it was designed to accommodate the musical numbers. That might well have been the way the sausage was made, but we need to feel more as if it was the reverse. And everyone involved often gets caught between wanting to do something totally different with these famous songs — O'Hara, who doesn't always feel well-used, sings "Someone to Watch Over Me" while holding and cocking a gun, and "I've Got a Crush on You' is camped up mercilessly — and letting them work their natural charms.

Overall, the show is too afraid of emotional engagement, which is silly when you have these songs and O'Hara's voice and Broderick's likable self to deliver them. More truth and honesty would make the work considerably nicer — and, for the audience, easier to get."

Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.
Updated On: 4/24/12 at 09:18 PM
broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
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Posted: 4/24/12 at 09:20pm
Backstage is mostly negative

http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre-broadway/ny-review-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-1006861752.story

"You’d think that any show involving the talents of Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Kathleen Marshall, and the brothers Gershwin would be a sure-fire Broadway stunner, wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” despite a few bright spots, fails to hold together as a glittering entertainment, unlike previous efforts such as “My One and Only” and “Crazy for You.”"
Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.

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