Never Gonna Dance is the new Broadway musical with music by Jerome Kern and book by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Michael Greif and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. The production stars Noah Racey and Nancy Lemenager.
The show is based on the RKO motion picture Swing Time and a story by Erwin Gelsey. The show begins with John "Lucky" Garnett, a professional dancer, coming to New York in order to prove his worth to his fiancee's father by attempting to earn $25,000 by any means except dancing.
Inspired by the energy and rhythms of the city, he of course can't keep still, and goes on to dance his way through hilarious adventures with his fine new romance, the dance teacher, Penny Carroll.
The songs of Jerome Kern in Never Gonna Dance feature the lyrics of Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Johnny Mercer, Otto Harbach and Jimmy McHugh, and includes such well-known songs as "Pick Yourself Up," "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Waltz in Swingtime," "A Fine Romance," "Bojangles of Harlem," "Never Gonna Dance," "I Won't Dance," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Dearly Beloved" and "Who."