Promises, Promises to return to London for first time since 1969


Burt Bacharach’s Promises, Promises will be staged at the Southwark Playhouse

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.

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.

Promises, Promises, produced by Aria Entertainment and SENBLA, is based on The Apartment, the film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, as a 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 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 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 Warwick, and ‘A House is Not a Home’ – and they will also be in the new London production.

Cast and creative team to be announced.


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