Promises Promises. Bacharach gets keys to revisit The Apartment

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Promises, Promises – the hit Broadway musical based on the multi Oscar-winning 1960 film The Apartment – is to get its first London production since its 1969 West End premiere.

Promises, Promises, with music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon, is about Chuck Baxter, a 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.

The comedy opens at Southwark Playhouse in January.

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Promises, Promises is based on Oscar-winning Billy Wilder movie, The Apartment which starred Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.

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 with Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes and Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth, included two additional Bacharach-David songs, I Say a Little Prayer and A House Is Not a Home. Both tunes will be in the new London production.

Promises Promises runs at the Southwark Playhouse from January 13-February 18.

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