Promises, Promises for a London Transfer???
Date: 23 June 2005
Sheffield audiences may not be the only ones lucky enough to catch the upcoming revival of 1968’s Promises, Promises, supercool Sixties songwriter Burt Bacharach’s only musical (See Today’s News). More than five months before Angus Jackson’s opens at the Crucible, a commercial co-producer has already come on board with the intention of taking the show to London in the New Year – assuming it’s well received in Sheffield, of course. The musical’s book is based on Billy Wilder and Neil Simon’s Oscar-winning 1960 film The Apartment, in which a man tries to climb the corporate ladder by letting bosses use his apartment for their romantic trysts. It has a score by Bacharach and lyrics by his long-time collaborator Hal David with whom he churned out such pop hits as “Magic Moments”, “The Story of My Life” and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”. Amongst Promises, Promises’ songs is “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”. As for the other productions in West’s inaugural season as Sheffield’s artistic director, it’s too early to tell which, if any, might transfer, though West tells Whatsonstage.com that he personally would love to see The Long the Short the Tall in the West End. Josie Rourke’s revival of Willis Hall’s 1958 wartime thriller opens at Sheffield Lyceum in March 2006 and is already scheduled for a regional tour.
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