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Promises, Promises

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David

It's 1968 in New York City, and Chuck Baxter is finding it difficult to climb the corporate ladder--that is, until he agrees to lend his apartment to his co-workers for their extramarital affairs. As he finds himself in the middle of a scheme he never intended to start, Chuck struggles to find love and connection in a world that grows more impersonal and transactional each day.

Based on the classic film The Apartment from Billy Wilder, Promises Promises sets this heartfelt romantic comedy to the lively music of Burt Bacharach.

This production is made possible by our generous season sponsors, Michael and Mona Heath.

Winner of 1 Jeff Award!

Performer in a Principal Role - Rory Schrobilgen

Also nominated for...

Choreography - Lauryn Schmelzer
Music Direction - Aaron Kaplan
Performer in a Principal Role - Brandy Miller


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Praise for "Promises, Promises"

"A fun, retro night out with Burt Bacharach... I can already guarantee laughs and retro tunes and seasonal bubbles aplenty."

3 stars

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"If you are looking to enjoy a night out where you can laugh your troubles away and just feel good, this is one for you to put on your calendar."

4 stars

Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

"An absolute gem [...] Go and see it—it just may be the best present you receive this holiday season."

4 stars

Doug Mose, Third Coast Review

"Blank Theatre Company’s small but spirited revival of Promises, Promises lands just in time for cynics and romantics alike to enjoy this holiday season."

Reader Recommended

Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader


December 1 - 30, 2023

Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Run time: 2hr 30min with one 15-minute intermission

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Production Team

Chuck Baxter: Rory Schrobilgen 

Fran Kubelik: Brandy Miller

J.D. Sheldrake: Craig Zeller

Marge MacDougall: Allison Rose Macknick

Dr.Dreyfuss: Kingsley Day

Miss Polanski: Isabela Barry

Mr. Eichelberger: Andres J. DeLeon

Mr. Vanderhof: Reginald Hemphill

Mr. Kirkeby: Eddie Ledford

Mr. Dobitch: Ed Rutherford

Miss Olson: Stephanie Stockstill

Miss Della Hoya: Dayle Theisen

Miss Wong: Flower Wang

Understudies: Michael Davis Arnold, Ben Ballmer, Caitlyn Cerza, Isabel Koleno, Aurora Penepacker, Nathan Dale Short

Director: Danny Kapinos

Musical Director: Aaron Kaplan

Choreographer: Lauryn Schmelzer

Lighting Design: Emma Luke

Scenic Design: Spencer Donovan

Costume Design: Cindy Moon

Fight Choreographer: Tony Pellegrino

Stage Manager: Tricia Carver-Horner

Assistant Choreographer: Sara Dolins

Associate MD/Rehearsal Pianist: Kevin Zhou


Health & Safety

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