It’s tempting to think of film-to-stage adaptations, such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sister Act” or “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” as recent phenomena. Broadway history, though, offers plenty of examples that far predate the current Disney-driven movie musical craze. Take “Promises, Promises,” the Broadway show based on the 1960 film “The Apartment,” which brought together a team of creative heavyweights including Buffalo’s Michael Bennett and opened to ecstatic crowds in 1968.
The Lancaster Opera House will open its production of the show, a longtime favorite of the venue’s artistic director David Bondrow, on Friday. The story centers around a young business exec (John Kaczorowski) who opens his apartment to his philandering bosses so that they can conduct their extramarital affairs with impunity and he can get ahead in business. With such an obvious setup, things are bound to go hilariously awry, and that’s just what happens in the show, which features music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David.
“Promises, Promises” runs through Nov. 24. Tickets are $24 to $26, with more info at 683-1776 or www.lancopera.org.
– Colin Dabkowski