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Southampton Cultural Center Bringing Neil Simonís "Promises, Promises" To The Hamptons

Olivia Braat

Julie Crowley, Christina Stankewicz, Darren Ottati, Josephine Marshall, and Brianna Kinnier. (Courtesy Photo)

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center is ready to raise the curtain on their hilarious adaption of Neil Simon, Burt Bachrach and Hal David's Promises, Promises.

"Burt Bacharach's only Broadway score is a testament to and reminder of his talents as a composer," shared director Michael Disher. "Infectious, rhythmic and toe-tapping, Promises, Promises delivers smart music and lyrics, with some well-known standards in the mix, and a clever book by the master of comedy, Neil Simon."

Brianna Kinnier, Christina Stankewicz, Edna Winston, Shannon DuPuis, Josephine Marshall, and Julie Crowley. (Courtesy Photo)

The play follows New Yorker Chuck Baxter as he attempts to advance his career, which happens to be messily intertwined with his love-life - a precarious situation that can end in utter disaster.

Promises, Promises is based on the 1961 Academy Winning Best Picture, The Apartment. The musical earned Tony Awards in 1968 for Jerry Orbach and Marian Mercer and features a number of Bachrach and David's catchiest songs, like I Say A Little Prayer, I'll Never Fall in Love Again, A House is Not a Home, Promises, Promises, She Likes Basketball and Turkey Lurkey Time.

Richard Adler, Lon Shomer, Darren Ottati, and Dane DuPuis. (Courtesy Photo)

Center Stage's cast is comprised of Darren Ottati as Chuck Baxter and Shannon DuPuis as Fran Kubelik. Richard Alder, Toni-Jo Birk, Julie Crowley, Bethany Dellapolla, Dane DuPuis, Sheila Engh, Brianna Kinnier, Geoffrey Milton, Tom Rosante, Jack Seabury, Lon Shomer, Christina Stankewicz, Josephine Wallace, and Edna WInston are also featured.

"It's a fun musical with guaranteed songs you can SING upon leaving the theater," added Disher.

Presented in a concert format, Michael Disher will direct the production with Amanda Jones as musical director.

Promises, Promises will premiere on Thursday, March 9th, and can be seen through Sunday, March 26th. Shows will take place on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Darren Ottati and Edna Winston. (Courtesy Photo)

Tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for students. Southampton Cultural Center will also offer a $62 Dinner/Theatre Package at Plaza Café and Little Red (a 3-course dinner before the show, tax, gratuity and admission to show), a $42 Brunch/Theatre Package on Sundays at Fellingham's (brunch and a mimosa, tax, gratuity and admission to show), and a $190 Overnight Theatre Package at the Southampton Inn (two theater tickets and overnight room) or a $270 Overnight Theatre Package that includes dinner for two at Little Red, too.

Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton. For more information, call 631-287-4377 or visit www.scc-arts.org.

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