Flappers and bootleggers, mistaken identities and hilarious unexpected romances will flood the stage as the roaring ‘20s spring to life on stage at William Floyd High School in an energetic production of Nice Work If You Can Get It for three shows beginning on Friday, March 29, followed by two performances on Saturday, March 30.
Nice Work If You Can Get It debuted on Broadway in 2012, starring Matthew Broderick as Jimmy Winter. It is an uproarious musical comedy in the tradition of the Broadway heyday of flashy costumes and big dance numbers, but because it is a new show, it has modern pacing and sensibilities; a fantastic combination that audiences will love. In addition, the show was written around some of George and Ira Gershwin’s best and most famous songs, including the ballad “Someone to Watch Over Me,” the memorable “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” and the splashy “Fascinating Rhythm.”
“I think people will really enjoy the old-fashioned grand style of the show, combined with the fresh attitude of a modern musical,” said co-producer Cathy Meinhold.
Meinhold and co-producer April Franzino lead the team, with OCEAN Arts artistic director Kyle Imperatore handling directorial duties once again. Christopher Miranda returns as musical director as well as handling set building and decoration. “The pit orchestra really has a challenge on their hands this year,” said Imperatore. “But under the direction of Mike Cordaro, they are doing an unbelievable job with a really difficult score.” Susan Cordaro lends her expertise as the director of sound and light.
Nice Work If You Can Get It is the eighth high school musical produced by OCEAN Arts in collaboration with the Community Library Friends of the Arts Inc. and the William Floyd School District. This year, OCEAN Arts was also able to collaborate with local filmmaker and William Floyd alumnus James Evans, whose film production company, Donna’s House Productions, created a mini-documentary to spread awareness of the show. “We are so lucky to have talented people like James who are willing to give their time and talent to help us bring quality shows to the community,” said co-producer April Franzino.
The traditional meet-and-greet with the cast in costume will take place following the Saturday afternoon matinee performance. Families are welcome to take photos and get autographs from the cast. There will be several raffle baskets, as well as snacks and trinkets for sale before all shows and during intermission.
Nice Work If You Can Get It will be presented on Friday, March 29 at 7 pm, Saturday March 30 at 1 pm and again at 7 pm. Tickets are $11 in advance at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library and $13 at the door. All seats are reserved seating. Please visit www.oceanarts.org for more information. We hope to see you at the show!