Final casting is today announced for the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical PROMISES, PROMISES, based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment, which runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 13 January to 18 February 2017, with a press night on 17 January.
In PROMISES, PROMISES Chuck Baxter is junior executive at a New York insurance company, where his mid-town residence makes him popular with the executives bosses – who promise him promotion in order to “entertain” at his apartment. A morally tricky dilemma gets worse for Chuck when he realises his own secret crush, Fran Kubelik, has been invited over to his place for a rendezvous by Chuck’s Manager, JD Sheldrake.
Gabriel Vick (Sunny Afternoon, Chariots of Fire) and Daisy Maywood (Wonder.land, A Chorus Line) star as Chuck and Fran, with Paul Robinson (Olivier Award nominee for Singin’ in the Rain, The Sound of Music, White Christmas, Guys & Dolls, Chicago) as Sheldrake.
The cast also features: Craig Armstrong (Billy Elliott, Whistle Down the Wind) as Eichelberger/Waiter, Ralph Bogard (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Ushers) as Vanderhof/Watchman, Martin Dickinson (The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You, The Secret Garden) as Kirkeby/Karl, John Guerrasio (South Pacific, Anything Goes, Charlie Johnson) as Dr. Dreyfuss, Charlie Johnson (Spend Spend Spend) as Sylvia/Patsy/Mrs Sheldrake/Turkey Lurkey Girls, Natalie Moore-Williams (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Scrooge) as Miss Olsen/Vivien/Sharon/Turkey Lurkey Girls), Lee Ormsby (The Lion King, The Great Jewish American Songbook) as Dobitch, Emily Squibb (Made in Dagenham, Stephen Ward) as Ginger/Kathy/Hostess and Alex Young (Showboat) as Marge/Nurse/Barbara.
PROMISES, PROMISES is billed as “a triumph of 1960s sexual work-place politics, with a quick witted script and unforgettable songs”,which include Knowing When To Leave, Promises, Promises, Say A Little Prayer For You, A House Is Not A Home and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.
The production is directed by Bronagh Lagan, with musical supervision by Elliot Davis, musical direction byJoe Louis Robinson, choreography by Cressida Carré, set and costume design by Simon Anthony Wells, sound design by Andrew Johnson, and casting by Jane Deitch. PROMISES, PROMISES is produced by Aria Entertainment and Senbla.