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Promises, Promises - Southwark Playhouse

Burt Bacharach

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PROMISES, Promises, the hit Broadway musical based on the multi Oscar-winning 1960 film The Apartment, is to get its first London production since its 1969 West End premiere.

With music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon, it will open at Southwark Playhouse in January 2017. Tickets will go on sale to the public from July 13, 2016.

Promises, Promises is 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.

Fans attending Burt Bacharach’s UK concerts, including the London Palladium shows on Saturday, will be first to hear more information about the show. He may even play a number from the production!

Produced by Aria Entertainment and SENBLA, Promises, Promises is based on The Apartment, the film produced and directed by Billy Wilder. A follow-up to Some Like It Hot, it starred Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning 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 both Dionne Warwick and Bobbie Gentry.

Other songs from the musical include the title tune, which was another international hit for Dionne Warwick, and Knowing When To Leave, which 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.

The cast and creative team for the new London production will be announced in due course.

Also at Southwark Playhouse: Thérèse Raquin (August 11 to September 3); punkplay (September 7 to October 1); and The Greater Game (September 15 to October 15, 2016).