Mix Broadway’s most explosive dance numbers, a wildly funny script, and George and Ira Gershwin’s best hits and you have the smash Broadway musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, winner of Tony and Drama Desk Awards, coming to Northern Nevada for the first time.
The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company celebrates its 100th show by bringing this high-spirited comedy to the Carson City Community Center on weekends, May 5 -14.
Gershwin has written some of the most infectious dance music on Broadway and much of it is featured in this new musical. Award-winning dancers tear up the stage with “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Lady Be Good” and more explosive numbers accompanied by the professional 19-piece WNMTC pit orchestra.
The Gershwin hits also include the romantic ballads “But Not For Me,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “’S Wonderful.” Even strains of his famous “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Concerto in F” are woven into the orchestral underscoring.
The show tells the story of 1920’s bootleggers who hide hundreds of cases of gin in what they thought was a never-used mansion in Long Island, only to discover the owner showing up with his fiancée and their relatives. Disguising themselves as the butler, maid and cook, the bootleggers feverishly try to ward off the police and the vice squad, amidst hilarious calamities, unexpected romance, gorgeous song and possibly the most explosive dance numbers to hit Broadway in decades. This side-splitting farce written by Joe DiPietro, occasionally reminiscent of Abbott and Costello routines, won a Drama Desk award for Best Book of a Musical.
Playing wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter in this production is Joseph Campbell, most recently seen as Sebastian in The Little Mermaid. He falls for a savvy bootlegger, Billie Bendix, played by Hannah Eckert, who played Mary Poppins in WNMTC’s 2015 production. Billie is assisted by fellow bootleggers, Cookie the butler (Michael Frenchu) and Duke the cook (Alex Gumm), while being tracked by the Founder of the Society of Dry Women, Estonia (Melanie Bratsch). Jimmy’s fiancée, Eileen, is played by Alexa Haight. Amanda Marvel plays Duke’s girlfriend, Jeannie.
Stephanie Arrigotti produces and directs, Gina Kaskie Davis choreographs and Kevin Murphy conducts the orchestra. Judy Monson is the vocal director.
Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. There also is a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on May 13. Tickets cost $28 and $25, according to their location in the theater. All seating is reserved and can be purchased online at wnmtc.com or by phone at 866-977-6849.