Sometimes a revolutionary musical rears its head in a peculiar form. Whilst Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Neil Simon weren't necessarily advancing either style or content in their 1968 musical Promises, Promises the musical sound was certainly pushing the boundaries of how contemporary music could fit the musical comedy mode. As Hair exploded onto the Broadway stage the previous season... Read more
A new production of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical Promises, Promises at the Southwark Playhouse in January 2017, based on the 1960 film 'The Apartment'.
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Chuck Baxter is junior executive at a New York insurance company, where his mid-town residence makes him popular with the executives bosses – who promise him promotion in order to “entertain” at his apartment. A morally tricky dilemma gets worse for Chuck when he realises his own secret crush, Fran Kubelik, has been invited over to his place for a rendezvous by Chuck’s Manager, JD Sheldrake.