Producers of Broadway’s Nice Work if You Can Get It announced today that the Gershwin tuner, which opened a year ago today, would close this summer on June 15. The show sets well known standards by George and Ira Gerswhin into a 1920’s farce about a playboy and the gun-totin’ bootlegger he falls for. But if you’re in the Big Apple in the next few month, well… see it while you can, folks!
It’s worth noting that the Gershwin bros, while always popular, are experiencing a resurgence lately, with high-profile successes in several recent seasons. Three seasons ago, Girl Crazy romped across the stage of City Center as part of its Encores series, to the tune of strong notices in the press. Last season’s Porgy and Bess won Tonys for Best Revival and for the mesmerizing Bess of Audra McDonald (her fifth Tony, as it happens). Nice Work’s run of 27 previews and 478 regular performances quite respectably upholds the brand.
That said, the show is unlikely to surpass its chief rival as the most frequently performed Gershwin jukebox musical in regional markets, a title firmly held by 1993’s Best Musical winner, Crazy for You. Instead, Nice Work may be best remembered for two stellar supporting performers: Judy Kaye, as a domineering Prohibitionist and Michael McGrath as a bootlegger posing as a butler. Both took Tonys in their respective categories and still solicit gales of laughter from audiences nightly.
While no new tenant has been announced for the Imperial, the rumor mill heavily favors an upcoming revival of Les Miz, fresh off an Oscar-nominated film and a newly-designed national tour. The Main Stem engagement may, in fact, be a several-month “sit-down” of the tour itself. More on that to come, but for now, this reporter bids a fond “best wishes” to the cast, crew, and production team behind Nice Work if You Can Get It. We’re sure there’s more nice work just around the bend for all of you wonderful talents.