Monday, January 26, 2015


                                          PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL

Officially it's time to kick up your heels, put your hands across your shiny knees and do the Charleston.  The Roaring Twenties are back and more fun than ever.  Chill the champagne so the bubbles tickle your nose and get set for the wedding of the decade as socialite playboy with mountains of moolah, Jimmy Winter, prepares to destroy his little black book forever.

Prepare to celebrate with Joe DiPietro's delightfully dizzy, madcap comedy "Nice Work If You Can Get It" sailing into Hartford's Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, February 3 to Sunday, February 8.

All the preparations are ready to go for the big and festive party when the proceedings take a detour in a totally new direction.  The impact of Billie Bendix and her feisty and fevered personality send Jimmy Winter into a tizzy.  Billie, your favorite neighborhood bootlegger, causes Jimmy to reel out of control.  Is this true love?  Extreme infatuation? What will his bride-to-be think of this new development? Will the orange blossoms wilt before the wedding vows are official?

If you love the songs of the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira, than you have a treasured treat in store as tunes like "I've Got a Crush on You," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "But Not for Me," "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Someone to Watch over Me" sparkle and shine.  Get set for a bevy of glamorous girls, to-die-for costumes, fabulous dance numbers and a snappy and sappy love story between two quite unlikely opposites.  Kathleen Marshall pulls out all the corks from the champagne bottles as choreographer and director.

For tickets ($21-82), call the Bushnell, 166 Main Street, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at  Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Grab a feather boa and wrap it around your sparkling sequined flapper dress or snazzy tuxedo as the fun-loving spirit of the speakeasy roars into town.

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