Hugely entertaining and marvelously accented by the timeless tunes of George and Ira Gershwin, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” a 2012 Tony Award nominee for Best Musical presented at the Schuster Center courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series, pleases as a giddy throwback to bygone musical comedy.
In a refreshing turn of events for a national tour, the leading players actually outshine their Broadway counterparts. As wealthy, spoiled playboy Jimmy Winter, created to one-dimensional effect by Matthew Broderick, Alex Enterline truly sparkles with charm, finesse and excellent, lyric-conscious vocals. He is perfectly matched by the outstanding Mariah MacFarlane as bootlegger Billie Bendix, who pines for Jimmy although he’s been married three times and is currently engaged. MacFarlane, a sublime soprano specifically navigating “Someone to Watch Over Me” with lovely tenderness and surprising humor, surpasses Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara in the role due to a more convincing grasp of Billie’s tough, tomboy sensibilities. Enterline and MacFarlane’s beautifully breezy treatment of “’S Wonderful,” which director/choreographer David Eggers winningly recreates from Kathleen Marshall’s original vision, is particularly joyful and smile-inducing as the carefree duo dances merrily throughout Jimmy’s living room.
“Nice Work if You Can Get It” continues through Feb. 15 at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Performances are today and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Act One: 75 minutes; Act Two: 60 minutes. Tickets are $25-$97. For tickets or more information, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.