Booking opens today and the creative team is announced for the first major London production of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical PROMISES, PROMISES since its 1969 West End premiere.
Burt Bacharach’s incredible music and Hal David’s brilliant lyrics come together with a book by legendary playwright Neil Simon in PROMISES, PROMISES – the hit Broadway musical based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment.
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.
A triumph of 1960s sexual work-place politics, with a quick witted script and unforgettable songs including 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, this Tony Award nominated, Grammy Award winning musical comes to Southwark Playhouse in its first London production for nearly 50 years from Friday 13 January to Saturday 18 February.
The production, which is being produced by Aria Entertainment and Senbla, will be directed by Bronagh Lagan, choreographed by Cressida Carré, musically directed by Elliot Davis and cast by Jane Deitch.
Cast to be announced.
The original Broadway production of PROMISES, PROMISES premiered in 1968 and ran for 1,281 performances. A West End production opened in 1969 featuring Tony Roberts and Betty Buckley. The cast album won the Grammy Award for best cast recording, and a song from the show, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, became a hit single for Dionne Warwick. Other songs from the musical include the title tune, which was another international hit for Dionne Warwick, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again was a UK no.1 hit for Bobbie Gentry, and Knowing When To Leave was also recorded by Warwick. A 2010 Broadway revival starring Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes and Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth, included two additional Bacharach-David songs, I Say a Little Prayer, a 1967 million-selling hit written for Dionne Warwick, and A House Is Not a Home – and they will also be in the new London production.
Bronagh Lagan (Director)
Bronagh Lagan’s recent credits and current productions include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Chipping Norton Theatre and Greenwich Theatre), Madness of Sweeney (Belfast Lyric), James And The Giant Peach (International Tour), Marina Carr’s Portia Coughlan (Old Red Lion Theatre), Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends (Union Theatre) Rags In Concert (Lyric Theatre) and the British premiere of The Stationmaster (From Page To Stage).
Elliot Davis (Musical Director)
Elliot Davis is a writer, composer and musical director. His recent MD credits include Burt Bacharach at the Palladium and At The Festival Hall with Burt Bacharach & Joss Stone. He conducted the Festival Hall concert last year of The Lionel Bart Songbook, A Life In Song with Burt Bacharach and a celebration of the classic dance films in Let’s Dance Again. He has extensive writing and MD credits over a 20-year career.
Cressida Carré – Choreographer
Cressida’s movement direction can currently be seen in the hit transfer of Titanic from Southwark Playhouse to Charing Cross Theatre and also she recently directed and choreographed the hugely successful UK tour of Avenue Q which just ended a three-year run. She is currently working on a new version of the musical comedy Eurobeat, which will premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will then go on to be movement director for Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in a co-production with Derby Theatre & The Mercury,
Jane Deitch – Casting Director
Aria Entertainment – Producer
Aria Entertainment was founded in 2012 by Katy Lipson. Credits include The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse), Tommy (Greenwich Theatre), The Secret Garden (UK Tour), Forever Plaid, Jerry’s Girls and Marry Me A Little (St James Studio) and new musicals The Return of The Soldier and The Stationmaster. Katy runs the annual From Page To Stage season of new musicals.
Senbla – Producer
Founded by Ollie Rosenblatt, Senbla is a London a based concert promoting and production company, promoting shows and national tours throughout the UK. Senbla’s bespoke and unique approach to producing and promoting has led them to work with artists Burt Bacharach, Nigel Kennedy, Joss Stone, Tim Rice, Don Black, Marc Almond, Audra McDonald, Jason Robert Brown, Itzhak Perlman, Morcheeba, Petula Clark and many more. Senbla also created and produced the TV series of shows A Life In Song as well as producing a range of musicals in concert such as How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Peter Pan.
13th January 2017 – 18th February 2017
Monday – Saturday 7:30pm
Tuesday & Saturday Matinee 3:00pm
Ticket prices: £25.00
(Monday – Wednesday evenings and Tuesday and Saturday matinees)
all previews £14.00 (13th-16th Jan)
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