“Nice Work If You Can Get It” will play its final performance June 15.
The production, whichwas produced in part to feature the music of George and Ira Gershwin, opened March 29, 2012 and at the time starred Matthew Broderick and Jessie Mueller. When it closes it will have played 478 regular performances and 27 previews. A national tour is expected to be launched for the 2014-2015 season.
Producers said the following in a statement about the closing:
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” has been delighting audiences at the Imperial Theatre for over a year and we could not be more thrilled with the response it has received. All good things must come to an end, but we look forward to sharing this great show with audiences across the country with the launch of an upcoming national tour. We must recognize the invaluable contributions of our director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall, book writer Joe DiPietro, and the extraordinary cast and crew led by Matthew Broderick, Jessie Mueller and our original Billie Bendix, Kelli O’Hara. “Nice Work…” has proved, once again, that the music of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin will live forever to delight audiences of all ages.
The New York Times reports that the production originally cost around $10 million to mount, and though that full amount will not be recouped, a spokesman for the production said most of the initial capitalization has been earned back.
No future productions have been announced for the Imperial Theater, which was home to “Nice Work.” However, the location is speculated to be the home to the upcoming revival of “Les Miserables.” The original Broadway production transferred to the Imperial Theater three years after its debut and ran there until the show closed in 2003 after nearly 13 years. The revival of the show is expected to open in March of next year.