Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning movie The Apartment, PROMISES, PROMISES took us back to mid-Twentieth Century America and the world of the grey flannel suited men and the women they pursued. Chuck Baxter works as an accountant for a New York insurance company. He longs for romance and for a promotion. Since the girls seem to ignore him, he opts for the promotion using his only asset, his apartment, which he lends out to company executives for, shall we say, some afternoon delight.
When his boss, Mr. Sheldrake, promotes Chuck with the agreement he gets exclusive use of the apartment for his affair, Chuck agrees…only to realize that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik, the girl of Chuck’s dreams. The original Broadway 1968 production of PROMISES, PROMISES was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won two. The 2010 Broadway revival was nominated for four Tonys and won one.
Two of Houston’s favorite musical actors heaedd the PROMISES, PROMISES cast. Dylan Godwin took on the role of Chuck and John Gremillion played Mr. Sheldrake. Katie Fridsma made her BCCM debut as Fran Kubelik.
BCCM Artistic Director Paul Hope directed BCCM’s production with co-director Mitchell Greco, musical director Michael Mertz, conductor Dr. Dominique Røyem, and choreographer Melissa Pritchett.
BCCM’s production of PROMISES, PROMISES was at the Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin, for five performances: September 15 – September 18, 2016.
Proceeds from Bayou City Concert Musicals’ production of PROMISES, PROMISES benefited the Tim Harris Memorial Fund and The Actors’ Fund. Both organizations support performers who have suffered catastrophic illness or injury.
The distinctive jazz-influenced style of Burt Bacharach and Hal David is immediately recognizable and was recorded by the biggest music stars of the 1960s and 70s, including Cher, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, B.J. Thomas, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, and of course, Dionne Warwick. Even The Beatles recorded a Bacharach/David song (“Baby, It’s You”).
Bacharach and David began their collaboration in 1957 at the storied Brill Building in New York City. Their first hit, “The Story of My Life,” was recorded by country music star Marty Robbins and soon climbed to #1 on the country charts. Their next effort proved the range of the talented young duo. “Magic Moments” was a big 1957 hit for crooner Perry Como. Once the two forged an exclusive writing partnership in 1963, the hits flowed, among them “Blue on Blue,” “The Look of Love,” “Wishing and Hoping,” “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” “Always Something There To Remind Me,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” and including an incredible 38 hit singles for Dionne Warwick.
Burt Bacharach and Hal David were awarded the 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first and currently the only songwriting team to be so honored.