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A 1968 musical comedy adaptation of the Billy Wilder film The Apartment, with a book by Neil Simon and songs by the pop composer team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The musical follows the exploits of Chuck Baxter, a hapless schmuck who is busy trying to work his way up in the world of business by allowing his superiors the use of his apartment for their romantic trysts, all while trying to win the heart of Fran Kubelik, the waitress he's long admired from a distance.

The show was notable for being the Bacharach-David team's only foray into musical theater—Bacharach by his own admission was something of a control freak regarding the show, and seemed to feel that without him personally conducting the orchestra every night, there was no guarantee the music would sound the way he intended. Regardless of how he felt about theater, the show was well-received and spawned a few hit songs (the title number, as well as "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"). Notable among the original cast members is a 33-year old Jerry Orbach as Chuck, in a role that won him a Tony.


A 2010 revival with Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth received mixed reviews but was still commercially successful. Despite that, it closed in January 2011 due to Hayes and Chenoweth deciding to not re-up their contracts and the producers deciding to not recast the leads.

Not to be confused with Promises! Promises! a 1963 Sex Comedy film starring Jayne Mansfield.

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