An Old-Fashioned, Feel-Good Musical: CVRep’s ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ Is Rousing, Toe-Tapping Fun

If you’re looking for a small, cerebral play that leaves you trying to figure out the ending on the way home, there are several excellent theaters in the Coachella Valley offering them up.

But if you’re in the mood for an exhilarating, feel-good musical, the way they used to make ’em, CVRep’s Nice Work If You Can Get It is just the ticket.

The show features memorable songs by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Joe DiPietro, inspired by material from Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. It was initially produced in 2001 at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. After mixed reviews and some re-working, the show opened on Broadway in 2012. It garnered 10 Tony Award nominations and two wins, for Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

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