Producers of the Tony Award winning musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It have announced that Emmy and Tony Award winner Blythe Danner will join the production for 12 weeks beginning Tuesday, December 18th and continuing through March 10th. Ms. Danner will assume the role of Millicent Winter, the mother of Matthew Broderick’s character Jimmy Winter, which is currently played by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons. Parsons will play her final performance on Sunday, December 16.
Blythe Danner is a prolific, Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actress who has appeared in numerous stage, television and film roles. She gained national attention at age 25 by winning the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Lincoln Center Rep’s production of The Miser, and went on to win a Tony Award in 1970 for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free. Danner received three additional Tony Award nominations: in 1980 for the original Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal; in 1988 for a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Streetcar Named Desire; and in 2001 for a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
In addition to Matthew Broderick as Jimmy Winter and Kelli O’Hara as Billie Bendix, the production also stars Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons as Millicent Winter, two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kayeas Estonia Dulworth, Tony Award winner Michael McGrath as Cookie McGee, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Eileen Evergreen, Chris Sullivan as Duke Mahoney, Robyn Hurder as Jeannie Muldoon, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Chief Berry and Tony Award nominee Terry Beaver as Senator Max Evergreen.
The cast also features Cameron Adams, Clyde Alves, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jason DePinto, Kimberly Fauré, Robert Hartwell, Grasan Kingsberry, Stephanie Martignetti, Barrett Martin, Michael X. Martin, Shina Ann Morris, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Jennifer Smith, Joey Sorge, Samantha Sturm, Kristen Beth Williams, Candice Marie Woods.
The creative team includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Brian Ronan and orchestrations by Bill Elliott. The music supervisor is David Chase and the music director Tom Murray.
Nice Work If You Can Get It, featuring music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, stars two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara. The production is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall and is now playing at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). Tickets are currently on sale through June 2, 2013.
The musical earned 2012 Tony Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Michael McGrath) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Judy Kaye); 2012 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael McGrath) and Outstanding Book of a Musical (Joe DiPietro); and 2012 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye) and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael McGrath).