My nearly famous screenwriter son, Tim Macy (The Brass Teapot, Tatterdemalion), and I were on hand last night in Mission, Kansas, for the opening of Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Barn Theatre. The musical, a song and tap extravaganza, is set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin and based on a book by Joe DiPietro that was inspired by material from Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse.
The play sounds like the Gershwins and feels like Wodehouse as a sparkling array of flippant maids and butlers, cops and gangsters, playboys and flappers, and even one chandelier-swinging prohibitionist tap their way across the stage while belting out some of the songs that gave the decade of the twenties its infamous roar.
Nice Work If you Can Get It opened on Broadway in 2012 where it won an assortment of Tony and Drama Desk awards. It's great material that the Barn Players pulled off flawlessly.
For an exceptional theatre experience in the Kansas City area - at an affordable price - I heartily recommend the productions at The Barn. Tim and I saw The Producers there last year and were very impressed by that performance as well.
Productions scheduled for the upcoming season include High Fidelity (March 3-19), She Loves Me (April 21-May 7), Rumors (June 2-15), The Crucible (July 14-30), Grey Gardens (September 15 - October 1), and Sister Act: The Musical (November 3-19). Upcoming productions for young theatre-goers include Big (January 13-22), and Disney's The Lion King (June 20-22 and July 18-20).
Nice Work If You Can Get It plays evenings at The Barn through November 20th. Get out and enjoy this musical romp through the 1920's - it's fun, and it's a winner!
For more information on this talented theatre troupe, please check out their website at: www.thebarnplayers.org