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The original production was a 1969 Tony® Awards winner

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Promises Promises Broadway

Broadway Musical Comedy

Previews  March 28 2010
Opened  April 25 2010

Running Time  To come

Tickets  $56.50 to $136.50

Prices do not include any taxes, service charges or other charges

Order at  Telecharge 212-239-6200 | Outside NY Metro Area 800-432-7250

Advisory To come

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No Performances  Mar 27th 2:00P | Mar 31st 2:00P | Apr 7th 2:00P | Apr 25th 3:00P

Added Performances  Apr 25th 6:30P

Curtain Changes 


Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Weinstein Company, Terry Allen Kramer, Candy Spelling, et al


Billy Wilder & I A L Diamond original screenplay
Neil Simon book
Burt Bacharach music
Hal David lyrics
Jonathan Tunick orchestrations

Rob Ashford director & choreographer

Bruce Pask costume design
Donald Holder lighting design
Scott Pask scenic design
Brian Ronan sound design

Opening Night Cast    
Sean Hayes Chuck Baxter  
Kristin Chenoweth Fran Kubelik  
Tony Goldwin J D Sheldrake  
Katie Finneran Marge MacDougal  
Brooks Ashmanskas Mr Dobitch  
Dick Latessa Dr Dreyfuss  
Peter Benson Mr Kirkeby  
Sean Martin Hingston Mr Eichelberger  
Ken Land Jesse Vanderhof  


Promises, Promises is based on The Apartment (below). The plot is simple, but the details get complicated -- that's where the fun is. Chuck Baxter, a very junior employee of the Consolidated Life Insurance Company, is promised extra help up the corporate ladder for allowing his bosses to use his apartment for, umm, after-hours meetings. The arrangement works out well for all parties until Chuck meets one of the other parties, Fran Kubelik, and takes a shine to her. Unbeknownst to him, she is a participant in after-hours meetings with one of his superiors, J D Sheldrake

And this is where the details come in...

Broadway Show History

Promises, promises, prom-prom promises...

Yeah, that's the toe-tapper folks left the Shubert Theater humming the night of Sunday, December 1, 1968. Jerry Orbach as Chuck Baxter opposite Jill O'Hara as Fran Kubelik were supported by a great cast, including A Larry Haines as Dr Dreyfuss and Edward Winter as J D Sheldrake. Among the company's young performers with high aspirations were Carole (later Kelly) Bishop, Ken Howard, Baayork Lee, and Donna Mckechnie

Helmed by Robert Moore with choreography by Michael Bennet, the production played 1,281 performances. It was nominated for eight 1969 Tonys®; Jerry Orbach won for best actor, while Marian Mercer got the nod as best featured actress for her portrayal of Marge MacDougal

In the Movies

Billy Wilder directed the 1960 film The Apartment, and penned the screenplay with I A L Diamond. Jack Lemon and Shirley MacLaine starred with support from Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Hope Holiday and Edie Adams

The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, it took home the hardware for best picture, director, screenplay, editing and art direction

Jim Says

As a young college freshman I was able to see Promises during the first week of its run thanks to a buddy from high school who was then interning for producer David Merrick. It was the Wednesday evening performance. The seats were tenth row, center. Cost of the tix? A whopping $17.50 per

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