Nice Work If You Can Get It

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Book by Joe DiPetro


 Jimmy Winter   A wealthy and handsome playboy.  Dripping with charm and Charisma. Our leading man. Age 25  –  35

 Billie Bendix  A tough, feisty and street-wise young woman.  Partners in rum-running with Cookie and Duke. Our leading lady Age 20  –  30

 Cookie McGee A fast-talking, wise-cracking bootlegger. The comedy stalwart of the show. Age 30  –  40

 Duke Mahoney  Cookie’s Sidekick. Not  the brightest guy around, but a ‘lovable rogue’.  Age 20 – 30

 Eileen Evergreen Rich and lovely, she is the self-proclaimed finest interpreter of modern dance in the world. Age 20 – 30

 Max Evergreen U.S Senator, Eileen’s father. A humour-less career politician. Serious, stern, judgemental. Age 40 – 50

 Estonia Dulworth   The Duchess of Woodford; noted prohibitionist. A bejewelled dowager. Age 40 – 60

 Jeannie Muldoon  A tough chorus girl from Brooklyn. Age 20 – 30

 Chief Berry Chief of the Long Island Police Department.  Fiercely dedicated to his job. Age 30 – 40

 Female Ensemble X 2   Age 20 – 35.  Will also play other minor roles.

 Male Ensemble:   X 2   Age 20 – 35.  Will also play other minor roles.

Time: July, 1927
Place: Long Island, New York

 This fabulous musical comedy pokes fun at the American prohibition era all set to the glorious tunes of George and Ira Gershwin. First seen on Broadway in 2012 this award winning show (two Tony Awards/three Drama Desk Awards) will receive its UK premiere Upstairs at the Gatehouse. This is a classic Gershwin song and dance show so everyone must have excellent acting (American accents), singing and dancing skills including tap.

Auditions will be held at The Gatehouse (N6 4BD) W/C 22nd  October. Re-calls on Friday 26th October.  Rehearsals start 16th November (daytime until 7th Dec, then a sitz probe on Sunday 9th Dec, then tech & dress day/evening rehearsals 10th /11th /12th Dec.

The show runs 12th December to 27th January (44 performances) with daytime matinees over the Christmas holiday period and matinees on Sundays throughout the run.

This is a genuine profit-share show – Ovation operates an open-book accounting system. Travel expenses will be paid during rehearsal at £10 per day and all cast members will be paid £20 per show during the run.

Director: John Plews
Choreographer: Grant Murphy
Musical Director: Chris Poon
Musical Supervisor: Charlie Ingles
Designer: Pollyanna Elston
Sound: Nico Menghini
Lighting: Sam Waddington
Casting: Harry Blumenau and Debbie O’Brien
Producer: Katie Plews

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 Produced by Ovation and playing at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, London N6 4BD  

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