Marshall to direct Broderick in musical
A production of Gershwin songbook musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” to be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and star Matthew Broderick has targeted a spring 2012 berth on Broadway.
It’s not the first time Marshall, who just picked up a 2011 Tony for her choreography of “Anything Goes,” has been attached to the project. She had initially been set to helm a 2008 incarnation that would have starred Harry Connick Jr., topliner of Marshall’s 2006 revival of “The Pajama Game.” That production, which was to have bowed in Boston, fell apart when the show’s team of producers proved unable to come to terms regarding their individual deals for the show.
Broderick appeared in a 2010 reading of “Nice Work,” also led by Marshall. Musical will be the first Rialto tuner in which the thesp has starred since 2001 smash “The Producers.”
With a score drawn from the catalog of George and Ira Gershwin, “Nice Work” has a book by Tony-winning “Memphis” scribe Joe DiPietro. Centering on a Prohibition-era playboy, “Nice Work” is loosely related to DiPietro’s 2001 regional outing “They All Laughed,” inspired by the 1926 Gershwin musical “Oh, Kay!”
Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman, Roy Furman and Scott Landis produce the show. Further casting and exact dates remain to be announced.