The wonderful show PROMISES, PROMISES Let us acknowledge, to begin with, that the recent revival of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical Promises, Promises opened in April to a downbeat critical welcome which has been countermanded by far by continuingly remarkable strength at the box office. A fair share of the adverse criticism has to do with changes made in the show, apparently to support the casting of the Kristin Chenoweth, a Tony winner and TV star. Promises, Promises was initially written with the male lead, Chuck Baxter, dominating the action. Fran Kubelik, the female lead, a role that has constantly received star billing, but was nevertheless clearly planned to be secondary has now been given extra songs, taken from the Bacharach-David pop charts ("A House Is Not a Home," "I Say a Little Prayer") and shoehorned into the action. The great show Promises - Promises Despite athletic choreography by Rob Ashford, this revival of a dated 1968 musical about sex in the workplace with a book by Neil Simon and a score by Burt Bacharach never manages to push the evenings temperature much above lukewarm. Katie Finneran is the energizing standout in a cast led by Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes.
The great show none other than Promises Promises was Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Choreography for Rob Ashford. Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning Billy Wilder film The Apartment that starred Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, Promises, Promises tells the story of the Consolidated Life Insurance Company and Chuck Baxter, one of its attractive young employees. In an effort to advance at the company, Chuck lends executives his apartment for their extramarital romantic trysts. But things become a little complex when Fran Kubelik, the object of Chuck's affection, becomes the mistress of one of his executives. With Simon's funny and touching book and Bacharach and David's hit-packed score ("I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "Promises, Promises," and "Knowing When to Leave"). There is no doubt that Promises, Promises is an exclusive and well-liked part of the musical theatre canon, will now return to the stage for the first time in over forty years, for a new generation of theatergoers.
The wonderful Stars of the current Broadway revival of Promises, Promises celebrated the release of the show's cast album at a June 22 party at the AVA Lounge in New York's Dream Hotel. Masterworks Broadway released the album (physically and digitally) on June 22. The Producers are Grammy Award winners David Caddick and David Lai. Directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford, Promises formally opened at the Broadway Theatre April 25. If you can watch the wonderful theater so you can buy the cheap promises - promises tickets and get the real fun. The new production, starring Emmy winner Sean Hayes and Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, features the addition of two Bacharach-David hits to the musical's score "I Say a Little Prayer," that is performed by Chenoweth and the Girls and "A House Is Not a Home," also performed by Chenoweth.