There is something very familiar about Nice Work If You Can Get It, which opened last night at the Ordway in Saint Paul, but unless you made the trip to New York to see the show during its year long stint on Broadway I can assure you this is a show you haven’t seen before.
Its 1927, prohibition is in full swing and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winters (Alex Enterline) is set to marry his fourth wife, Eileen Evergreen (Rachael Scarr). Meanwhile, bootlegger Billie Bendix (Mariah MacFarlane) and her associates Cookie (Reed Campbell) and Duke Mahoney (Aaron Fried) have moved 400 cases of Gin into the cellar of the Winters’ Long Island beach house which is “never used” according to Jimmy. As Billie and her crew move the Gin in, Jimmy and Eileen arrive for their Honeymoon. With Cookie deciding to pose as a butler in hopes of distracting the cops and newlyweds the hijinks are just beginning.
This brand new show with a a book written by Tony® winner Joe DiPietro, serves up a fun and energetic introduction of Gershwin favorites like “S Wonderful”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” to a new generation. This show has all the staples of an old fashion musical comedy…incredible dancing, exquisite costumes, tons of laughs and a classic girl meets boy muddled love story.
Alex Enterline is light on his feet and impressive in his dancing skills. Rachael Scarr plays up Eileen’s need to not only be the center of attention but also the one calling the shots (she refuses to let her new husband Jimmy even kiss her). Reed Campbell’s Cookie is not only a scene stealer, but a main source for laughs. Mariah MacFarlane has the gritty tomboy role of Billie down pat, but manages to show Bilie’s longing to find her special someone in “Someone to Watch Over Me”.
If you’re looking for toe-tapping songs, gorgeous dancing and a feel good story then Nice Work If You Can Get It is the show for you. But you’ll have to hurry if you want to see it. The show runs through Sunday, October 19 at the Ordway in Saint Paul.
For more information on the show, visit the Ordway’s website.