Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises is a musical based on the 1960 film The Apartment written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. The music is by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and book by Neil Simon. Musical numbers for the original Broadway production were choreographed by Michael Bennett; Robert Moore directed.

The show originally opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on December 1, 1968, running for 1,281 performances. The cast album won the Grammy Award for best cast recording, and two songs from the show, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “Promises, Promises”, became hit singles for Dionne Warwick.

The musical follows a young, ambitious, single accountant for the Consolidated Life Insurance Company named Chuck Baxter. Chuck climbs the ladder by allowing the firm’s executives to use his midtown apartment for extramarital affairs. Trouble occurs when Chuck discovers that the object of his own love, Fran Kubelik, is having rendezvous at his place with Chuck’s manager, J.D Sheldrake.

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