Nice Work If You Can Get It: Teen Edition

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  5w, 5m

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Joe DiPietro

Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse

Specially designed for high school performers and family audiences, this full-length screwball comedy is a surefire crowd-pleaser featuring classic Gershwin tunes.

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Teen Edition

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5w, 5m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • Winner! Two 2012 Tony Awards
    Nominee: Ten 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical
    Winner! Three 2012 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Book of a Musical


A hilarious new screwball comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It pokes fun at the Prohibition era in a clash of elegant socialites and boorish bootleggers, all set to the glorious songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Highlights from the score include “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Sweet and Low Down,” “Delishious” and the title song.
Nice Work If You Can Get It premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on 24 April 2012. Directed by Kathleen Marshall, the production starred Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara.

Act I

In a speakeasy in 1920s New York City, wealthy JIMMY is having a high-society, high-energy bachelor party, complete with CHORUS GIRLS  (“Sweet and Lowdown”). Outside the speakeasy, BILLIE, a bootlegger, makes  a sale to the SPEAKEASY MANAGER. Jimmy leaves the speakeasy and tells Billie about his upcoming wedding, vast wealth, and desire to take over the family business, yet admits he longs for true love above all else (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”). Billie thinks love is “for suckers,” but Jimmy’s passion makes her reconsider (“Nice Work If You Can Get It” Reprise). CHIEF BERRY and his police officers interrupt her musings when they raid the speakeasy. SENATOR EVERGREEN and his sister DUCHESS ESTONIA DULWORTH are among  the officers. The Duchess is a staunch prohibitionist (“Demon Rum”).

Billie escapes the scene with a valuable asset: Jimmy’s wallet. The next day, along with her cohorts, COOKIE and DUKE, she makes her way to Jimmy’s empty beach house, and the smugglers use the beach house’s cellar as a spot to hide their cases of booze. However, when Jimmy and his new wife, EILEEN, walk through the door, Cookie must improvise and pretends to be the couple’s butler. Upon seeing Billie again, Jimmy vaguely remembers her from the night before. When she tells him she’s never been kissed, he kisses her “for educational purposes only.” Sparks fly, but Billie is left alone (“Someone to Watch Over Me”). Eileen, meanwhile, pampers herself in the bathroom for several hours, soaking in a tub and vainly singing her own praises (“Delishious”).

Chief Berry shows up inquiring about bootleggers on the property, and Cookie, still disguised as a butler, gets nervous. He and Billie plot to keep Jimmy away from the cellar by distracting him with his greatest weakness: “dames.” Several Chorus Girls from the speakeasy arrive, asking Jimmy to go for a swim (“I’ve Got to Be There”). The Chorus Girls hide when Eileen finally emerges from the bathroom, but when Jimmy receives a telegram stating his previous wife refused to sign the annulment papers, the Chorus Girls reveal themselves, and Eileen storms out (“I’ve Got to Be There” Reprise). That evening, Billie climbs through a window into Jimmy’s room in an attempt to woo him, but Chief Berry spots her. He reveals to Jimmy that Billie is a bootlegger, but Jimmy improvises and says she is his new wife. He urges her to play along (“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”). Convinced, Chief Berry leaves, wishing them well. Jimmy admits he is in love with Billie.

The next day, Cookie sets Duke up with JEANNIE, one of the Chorus Girls from the speakeasy, and leads her to believe that Duke is an important person in the English peerage, the “Duke of England.” Jeannie is instantly interested in Duke (“Do It Again”). Meanwhile, Jimmy’s previous wife has signed the annulment papers, and Billie admits the full truth of her bootlegging life to Jimmy. She expects him to be angry, but he says he wants to spend his life with her (“‘S Wonderful”). However, Eileen returns with her aunt, the Duchess, and her father, the Senator, threatening to arrest Jimmy. Billie rushes off and returns in a maid costume, claiming that Jimmy is no longer married and that she is the Cockney wife of the butler, Cookie. The lie works… until Jimmy’s marriage to Eileen is back on, and Eileen intends to get the good china from the cellar. Jimmy and Cookie distract the group with a little song and dance (“Fascinating Rhythm”).

Act II

Jimmy reveals his predicament to Billie: he has to marry Eileen or he will be arrested and disinherited. Billie is clearly upset, but Cookie encourages her to keep it together and help with the wedding so they can sneak away with the booze. The Duchess approaches Cookie with a list of tasks (“By Strauss”/”Sweet And Lowdown” Reprise).

The wedding luncheon begins, and after a speech from the Senator, Billie indulges in “a special Cockney tribute” to Jimmy, which involves angrily singing to him and pouring soup in his lap (“Hangin’ Around With You – Part 1”). While Cookie spikes the Duchess’s drink, Billie returns for another soup attack against Jimmy (“Hangin’ Around With You – Part 2”). However, when Billie tries for a third soup attack, she accidentally pours it on Eileen (“Hangin’ Around With You – Part 3”). Eileen fires Billie, but Jimmy defends the “maid,” making Eileen suspicious. As the situation escalates, the Duchess interrupts, confessing that she is looking for love (“Looking for a Boy”).

After arguing with Jimmy about his upcoming nuptials, Billie is left alone to sulk. Jeannie sympathizes, but Billie accidentally reveals that Duke is not the Duke of England. Jeannie is angry with Duke, but by way of apology, he sings to her (“Blah, Blah, Blah”). As Cookie helps Jimmy prepare for the wedding, Billie returns Jimmy’s wallet and says goodbye (“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” Reprise). Billie and Jimmy both lament their predicament, but Cookie has a plan (“Will You Remember Me?”). The Chorus Girls and the VICE SQUAD have just finished preparing the living room for the wedding as Jimmy enters (“We’ve Got To Be There” Reprise). Eileen follows, reading her wedding vows (“I’ve Got A Crush On You”).

Cookie and Duke, impersonating undercover prohibition agents, interrupt the wedding, claiming that Jimmy is the notorious bootlegger, Brownbeard. Chief Berry quickly dispels this theory, revealing the bootleggers’ true identities and arresting them. Jeannie stops the officers, confessing her love for Duke (“Blah, Blah, Blah” Reprise). However, when they continue to haul the men away, the Duchess confesses her love for Cookie, who reluctantly reciprocates (“Looking for a Boy” Reprise). The officers are not swayed until Jimmy’s mother, MILLICENT, enters the room with a shocking confession: the Senator is Jimmy’s father. This means Jimmy and Eileen are related, which instantly halts the wedding. The Senator is thrilled to have a new son and calls off the arrests. Jimmy rushes away to win Billie back, and Chief Berry admits that he thinks Eileen is “delishious” (“Delishious” Reprise).

Jimmy reaches the boathouse just as Billie is preparing to row away. Millicent and the Senator follow, and Millicent has yet another shocking confession: she is Brownbeard! She approves of her son’s desire to marry Billie, and she wants Billie to take over the family business. The Senator offers his Senate seat to Jimmy. Billie and Jimmy share a kiss, happy to be together again (“Someone to Watch Over Me” Reprise). The cast takes to the stage in “roaring-twenties style” (Finale: “Nice Work If You Can Get It”).

(5 female, 5 male)

Billie Bendix
Jeannie Muldoon
Estonia Dulworth, Duchess of Woodford

Jimmy Winter
Chief Berry
Senator Reverend Judge Evergreen (Max)

Supporting Roles

Speakeasy Manager


Chorus Girls
Young Men
Speakeasy Denizens
Vice Squad
Bubble Girls

  • Time Period 1920s
  • Setting The Winter family's ritzy Long Island Beach house, 1927.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)


“A bubbly crowdpleaser... a good new old-fashioned musical!” – Variety

“Delishious... a farcical romantic comedy that has more twists than a pretzel and keeps the laughs building to the final curtain.” – The Huffington Post

“[A] frothy Jazz Age cocktail, brewed around a string of evergreen Gershwin tunes.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Nonstop giddy fun thanks to its dynamic cast, Joe DiPietro's wickedly funny dialogue, and a treasure trove of timeless Gershwin favorites and rarities.” – amNY

A lovely, witty diversion...an old-fashioned romp.” – Vulture

“Effervescent...screwball musical comedy meets the sublime songs of George and Ira Gershwin.” – The Sun-Sentinel

Nice Work provides a welcome break from the troubles of the world, allowing you to get lost in some glorious songs performed by actors who clearly love what they’re doing.” – Herald-Tribune


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Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. “Sweet And Lowdown” – Jeannie, Jimmy, Speakeasy Manager, Chorus Girls & Young Men
3. Outside the Speakeasy – Orchestra
4. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Jimmy
5. “Nice Work If You Can Get It (Reprise)” – Billie
6. Raidin’ The Joint – Orchestra
7. Chief Berry Enters – Orchestra
8. “Demon Rum” – Duchess, Senator, Chief & Vice Squad
9. Jimmy’s Beach House – Orchestra
10. Eileen Enters – Orchestra
11. Eileen Exits – Orchestra
12. Jimmy and Billie Kiss – Orchestra
13. “Someone To Watch Over Me” – Billie
14. Ritzy Bathroom – Orchestra
15. “Delishious” – Eileen & Bubble Girls
16. Ritzy Living Room – Orchestra
17. Chorus Girls Enter – Orchestra
18. “I’ve Got To Be There” – Flo, Dottie, Rosie, Midge, Jeannie, Jimmy & Chorus Girls
19. Chorus Girls Scatter – Orchestra
20. “I’ve Got To Be There (Reprise)” – Jeannie, Jimmy & Chorus Girls
21. Ritzy Bedroom – Orchestra
22. “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” – Jimmy, Billie & Chief
23. Duke Staggers In – Orchestra
24. “Do It Again” – Jeannie & Duke
25. Billie Floats In – Orchestra
26. “‘S Wonderful” – Jimmy & Billie
27. Duchess Entrance – Orchestra
28. Evergreen Enters – Orchestra
29. The Vice Squad And Billie Enter – Orchestra
30. Chorus Girls Enter – Orchestra
31. “Fascinating Rhythm” – Jimmy, Cookie, Chorus Girls & Vice Squad

Act II

32. Entr’acte – Orchestra
33. Lady Be Good – Orchestra
34. Eileen’s Wedding Dance – Orchestra
35. “By Strauss”/”Sweet And Lowdown (Reprise)” – Duchess & Cookie
36. Ritzy Dining Room – Orchestra
37. “Hangin’ Around With You (Part 1)” – Billie
38. “Hangin’ Around With You (Part 2)” – Billie
39. “Hangin’ Around With You (Part 3)” – Billie
40. “Looking For A Boy” – Duchess & Cookie
41. “Blah, Blah, Blah” – Duke, Vice Squad & Chorus Girls
42. Jimmy Prepares For The Wedding – Orchestra
43. “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off (Reprise)” – Billie & Jimmy
44. “Will You Remember Me?” – Billie & Jimmy
45. “We’ve Got To Be There (Reprise)” – Chorus Girls & Vice Squad
46. “I’ve Got A Crush On You” – Eileen & Chorus
47. Jimmy To The Gallows – Orchestra
48. “Blah, Blah, Blah (Reprise)” – Jeannie, Duke, Chorus Girls & Vice Squad
49. A Glass Of Lemonade – Orchestra
50. “Looking For A Boy (Reprise)” – Cookie & Duchess
51. Millicent Enters – Orchestra
52. To The Cellar! – Orchestra
53. “Delishious (Reprise)” – Eileen & Chief
54. The Boathouse – Orchestra
55. “Someone To Watch Over Me (Reprise)” – Jimmy, Billie & Company
56. Bows: “Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Company
57. Exit Music – Orchestra

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Chorus Size Medium

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30 Libretto-Vocal Books: Includes all the basics for acting and understanding direction, including a background on the story and a easily-digestible breakdown of the story. 

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