FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Boiler Room Theatre will stage Neil Simon’s Promises, Promises featuring “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and other great music from the Burt Bacharach catalog Friday through July 20. The fun unfolds at the theater’s namesake venue in Building Six of the historic Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Rd.).
Based on the Oscar-Winning film The Apartment, this smart and sexy musical transports its audience to Manhattan at the height of the swinging ‘60s. Chuck Baxter (Patrick Kramer) is a charming young junior executive at Consolidated Insurance Company. In an effort to aid his climb up the company ladder, he lends his apartment to executives for their extramarital assignations in exchange for promises of promotions. Things get complicated, however, when Baxter falls for Fran Kubelik (Megan Murphy Chambers), a waitress at the company cafeteria and the mistress of one of his executives.
Jamey Green, BRT Artistic Director, is such a fan of the show that he knew he had to direct it himself. “It is rarely performed, though I can’t imagine whym” he says. “Neil Simon’s book is one of the best ones in all of musical theatre – it manages to be funny and silly while at the same time dealing with more serious themes.”
Light as a summertime cocktail, the score by the Academy Award-winning team of Burt Bacharach and Hal Leonard, includes such songs as the swinging title tune. “The music is very representative of the popular music of the day” adds Green. “It’s pure Bacharach – very catchy melodies and rhythms – and Billy Ditty’s fabulous choreography incorporates pretty much every dance style of the time,” Green adds.
In addition to Kramer and Chambers, the cast includes David Arnold, Phil Perry, Laura Crockarell, Brian Hill, Tyler Evick, Scott Frazier- Maskiell, Lane Wright, Cat Arnold, Christina Candilora, Rosemary Fosse, Christen Heilman Runyon, Tyler Adams, Zach Shockley, Morganne Best and Emily Whitlow. Benjamin T. Van Diepen joins the production team as Musical Director while Katie Delaney provides a kaleidoscope of colorful costumes.
Performances will be held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening during the run at 8 p.m. There will also be a discount Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on July 14 and a “Thrifty Thursday” show at 8 p.m. on July 18. Regular ticket prices are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors (age 60 and up) and students (age 13 through college with valid ID), and $21 for children ages 3 through 12. Matinee prices are $2 less respectively. Thrifty Thursday prices are $17 each. All Tuesday shows are two-for-one ($27 for two tickets; no other discounts apply). Tickets may be purchased by calling the Boiler Room Theatre at (615) 794-7744 or ordered online at www.boilerroomtheatre.com.
Following Promises, Promises the 2013 Boiler Room Theatre eason will continue with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Producers and Scrooge, the Musical. Season tickets may be purchased by contacting the BRT Box Office.
*Photo of Patrick Kramer and Megan Murphy Chambers by Rick Malkin courtesy BRT.