The Gershwin songbook musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is still in the mix for a potential Broadway production, with an October reading of the tuner set to star Matthew Broderick and Sutton Foster.
“Nice Work” had been slated for a Rialto run starring Harry Connick Jr. in spring 2009 until the deal was scuttled prior to the out-of-town tryout in Boston. Since then, book writer Joe DiPietro has picked up two Tonys for last season’s “Memphis.”
Kathleen Marshall, who was originally attached to the tuner before walking away (along with a team of producers) from the earlier incarnation in the summer of 2008, helms the reading.
Broderick has not appeared in a Broadway musical since he and Nathan Lane toplined the 2001 smash “The Producers.” Foster (“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Shrek the Musical”) will star this spring in the Roundabout’s Marshall-directed revival of “Anything Goes.” (However, an actor’s appearance in a developmental reading reps no guarantee the thesp will remain on board for any future staging.)
New tuner “Nice Work,” which compiles its score from the catalog of George and Ira Gershwin, centers on a Prohibition-era playboy. Project is loosely related to DiPietro’s 2001 regional outing, “They All Laughed,” inspired by the 1926 Gershwin musical “Oh, Kay!”
Scott Landis produces the reading, which is skedded for Oct. 8. No timeline for any full production has been nailed down.