Gershwin-themed tuner packs premiere
The Imperial Theater’s lobby is half a block long, and on the evening of April 24, the human stampede leading into the new Gershwin tuner “Nice Work If You Can Get It” was so intense that when an errant journo came between Victor Garber and his date, the “Titanic” thesp let the Fourth Estate have it: “We’re all getting in, folks. We’re together. You’re with me. It drives me crazy!”
Crazy for you and me, indeed. In the back of the theater, Sarah Jessica Parker — there to see hubby Matthew Broderick on stage — held court with Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, greeting first-nighters.
Shockingly, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt were seated off to the side and not on the aisle, but had the honor of sitting next to the evening’s helmer, Kathleen Marshall. Hamm gallantly switched seats as the lights dimmed so the ladies could sit together.
Later, at the Marriott Marquis ballroom, the aforementioned journo spotted a table with the sign “Reserved for George Gershwin.”
“Where’s the table for Ira Gershwin?” he asked.
“We don’t know,” said a befuddled couple. “We just know that Gershwin is dead, so we thought it was OK to sit here.”
Joe DiPietro, the book writer who fashioned the Gershwin songs into the evening’s new tuner, claimed to have received a text from the famous brothers.
“They said ‘Nice Work’ is funnier than ‘Porgy and Bess,’ ” DiPietro said. “Otherwise, I can’t get them on the phone.”