When two Broadway powerhouses combine forces, the results can be unforgettable. Kelli O’Hara, a three-time Tony nominee will join celebrated stage and screen actor Matthew Broderick in one of Broadway’s new musical productions, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” With a songbook composed of celebrated tunes from George and Ira Gershwin and a book contributed by Joe DiPietro, “Nice Work” is all but a guaranteed romp. Kathleen Marshall has been charged with stage direction and dance choreography for the show.
O’Hara will assume the role of Billie Bendix, a shifty bootlegger who has a fateful encounter with a prosperous socialite (Broderick). Plot twists and hilarity ensue as the two contrasting figures play out their dynamic interactions. “Nice Work” is one of several productions that O’Hara is currently involved with: her schedule includes showings in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at the Public Theater as well as a one-night only performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” at Carnegie Hall.
Matthew Broderick has proven to be a winning commodity in Broadway. Although “Nice Work” will mark a return to the stage after a two-year hiatus, Broderick’s previous role in “The Producers” earned him a prestigious Tony Award nomination. Broderick can also be seen in the upcoming film “Tower Heist,” in which he plays a cheated Wall Street player determined to gain the upper hand on the man who robbed him.
“Nice Work If You Can Get” is scheduled to open on Broadway in Spring 2012.