Booking is open and the creative team is announced for the first major London production of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical Promises, Promises since its 1969 West End premiere.
Burt Bacharach’s incredible music and Hal David’s brilliant lyrics come together with a book by legendary playwright Neil Simon in Promises, Promises – the hit Broadway musical based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment.
Chuck Baxter is junior executive at a New York insurance company, where his mid-town residence makes him popular with the executives bosses – who promise him promotion in order to “entertain” at his apartment. A morally tricky dilemma gets worse for Chuck when he realises his own secret crush, Fran Kubelik, has been invited over to his place for a rendezvous by Chuck’s Manager, JD Sheldrake.
A triumph of 1960s sexual work-place politics, with a quick witted script and unforgettable songs including Knowing When To Leave, Promises, Promises, Say A Little Prayer For You, A House Is Not A Home and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, this Tony Award nominated, Grammy Award winning musical comes to Southwark Playhouse in its first London production for nearly 50 years from Friday 13 January to Saturday 18 February.
Cast to be announced.
The original Broadway production of Promises, Promises premiered in 1968 and ran for 1,281 performances. A West End production opened in 1969 featuring Tony Roberts and Betty Buckley. The cast album won the Grammy Award for best cast recording, and a song from the show, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, became a hit single for Dionne Warwick. Other songs from the musical include the title tune, which was another international hit for Dionne Warwick, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again was a UK no.1 hit for Bobbie Gentry, and Knowing When To Leave was also recorded by Warwick. A 2010 Broadway revival starring Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes and Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth, included two additional Bacharach-David songs, I Say a Little Prayer, a 1967 million-selling hit written for Dionne Warwick, and A House Is Not a Home – and they will also be in the new London production.
Friday 13 January – Saturday 18 February