BWW Interviews: Getting to Know Mariah MacFarlane of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

Kristen Montag, Broadway World Minneapolis 10/9/14

Saint Paul’s Ordway Center for Performing Arts welcomes Nice Work If You Can Get It, a show that feels familiar, yet you can be sure you have not seen it before… unless you happened to make the run on Broadway last year starring Matthew Broderick (which yours truly did happen to see in April 2013!). It’s an old fashioned musical comedy built around hit songs you are more than familiar with: classic Gershwin hits, including “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” Set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, this Tony® Award-winning musical comedy is bursting with charm and great music. The first national tour is lead by Mariah MacFarlane, who plays Billie Bendix. BWW Minneapolis had a chance to get to know a little about this young actress.

BWW: You recently started this first national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT – How has the experience been so far? How are audiences responding to the show?

MM: The experience has been amazing. This show appeals to so many people and I never get tired of hearing roaring laughter every night. People have told me how they showed up to the performance tired and left with all this energy that put them in a great mood. The cast is so talented and I really love getting to do this as my job every day.

Audiences nationwide will be more familiar with the Gershwin tunes than the story of NICE WORK. Can you tell our readers, in a nutshell, what the show is about?

MM: The show is a modern take on an old style of musical. There are a group of bootleggers (it’s set in the Prohibition era) trying to hide their gin until they can sell it and they stumble upon a wealthy playboy, Jimmy, whose empty Long Island mansion provides an ideal hiding spot. Of course, it doesn’t stay abandoned for long because Jimmy and his new fiancé and other characters show up and chaos ensues. The show showcases two total opposite people falling in love against all odds and being so genuine in their comedic selves that you can’t help but laugh at their attempts to love and get away with all their crazy schemes.

Read the entire Q&A with Mariah MacFarlane here.

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