Burt Bacharach will have gained a lot more fans after the success of Close to You, which finished its West End run in February, and now they can get another fix. Bacharach's Nearly 50 years after its West End premiere, Bacharach's Broadway hit PROMISES, PROMISES - which includes classic songs like I'll Never Fall In Love Again and I Say A Little Prayer - gets its first London revival at Southwark Playhouse next year. Full dates, cast and creatives are still to be announced...
PROMISES, PROMISES, the hit Broadway musical based on the multi Oscar-winning 1960 film The Apartment, with music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon, is to get its first London production since its 1969 West End premiere. PROMISES, PROMISES – about a junior executive at an insurance company who sets out to climb the corporate ladder by allowing his apartment to be used by his married superiors for extra-marital affairs – will open at Southwark Playhouse in January 2016. Tickets will go on sale to the public from 13 July 2016.
Fans attending Burt Bacharach’s UK concerts this month, including the London Palladium shows on Saturday, will be first to hear more information about the show.
PROMISES, PROMISES, produced by Aria Entertainment and SENBLA, is based on The Apartment, the film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, as follow-up to Some Like It Hot, and starred Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. The Apartment was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, and won five, including Best Picture.
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 starring Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes and Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth, included two additional Bacharach-David songs, I Say a Little Prayer, a 1967 million-selling hit written for Dionne Warwick, and A House Is Not a Home – and they will also be in the new London production.
London cast and creative team to be announced.