With a score from legends George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony Award-winning author and playwright Joe DiPietro, the slapstick prohibition musical Nice Work If You Can Get It follows in the footsteps of Anything Goes, deftly weaving classic Broadway gems (in this case, "Sweet and Lowdown," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off") into an appropriately frisky and fun-loving narrative concerning a bootlegger dame (Kelli O'Hara) and a wealthy, weary, clueless cad (Matthew Broderick), the latter of whom rolls into town on the eve of his wedding day. Needless to say, hijinks ensue, most of which just serve as window dressing for what is essentially a straight-up musical revue of the Roaring Twenties with some peppy, genre-specific dialogue. Of the two leads, O'Hara sounds the most at ease with this repurposed world, although her effortless soprano can occasionally come off as a bit too mannered for the more whimsical selections from the Gershwin songbook, while Broderick, who established himself as a dependable yet just south of magnificent lead in The Producers, just sounds bored.
AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger
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