Our Ultimate Top 20 "Turkey Lurkey Time" Countdown from Promises, Promises

Last updated December 1st, 2020 by BroadwayBox Staff
Our Ultimate Top 20 "Turkey Lurkey Time" Countdown from Pro…

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The Turkey Lurkey time is here! It's "Turkey Lurkey Time."

On December 1, 1968, the Neil Simon penned Broadway musical Promises, Promises, based on the film The Apartment celebrated its opening night at the Shubert Theatre. After a number of songs throughout the first act of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David score, audiences found themselves at the Consolidated Life office Christmas party. Miss Polansky from Accounts Receivable, Miss Wong of Mimeograph and Miss Della Hoya of Petty Cash took center stage to dazzle audiences with choreographer Michael Bennett's athletic, enthusiastic, high kicking, head bopping number titled "Turkey Lurkey Time."

The number has been recreated at regional theatre cabarets, films, universities, choirs, benefits and Broadway.

The hilarious Seth Rudetsky deconstructed the musical's Tony Awards performance with particular attention at Donna McKechnie's neck choreo alone! "Wow!"

Donna shared her own insider first hand knowledge of the iconic number and its journey from out of town to Broadway.

In celebration of the musical's Broadway opening night 52 years ago tonight, it seemed more fitting than ever to countdown our top 20 performances of this phenomenal tune.

20. Shawnee State University

Shawnee State University Musical Theatre Department

19. AMDA

Alyssa Arcangeli, Savannah Shearouse, Kayla Castle

18. Chicago Gay Man's Chorus

2013 Chicago Gay Man's Chorus

17. A Paige Turner Christmas

Paige Turner, Sutton Lee Seymour, Nomi Sas, Chelsea Piers, Jackie Cox, Alexis Michelle

16. Daniel Reichard

Daniel Reichard's 2015 Concert Under The Mistletoe, Broadway at Birdland

15. Indianapolis Men's Chorus

Indianapolis Men's Chorus 2013 Concert Be Merry, Be Bright

14. Oklahoma City University Cabaret

Elliott Mattox, Maggie Spicer and Darius Wright

13. Elon University

2015 Grand Night with Madison Johnson, Becky Frohlinger, Jessica Riloff, Nicole Uram and Caity Skalski

12. Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret

Max Clayton, Connor Mcrory and Jonalyn Saxer at the PCLO Resident Company Cabaret

11. A Very Broadway Holiday

Tommy Bracco, Molly Jobe and JP Ferreri

10. University of Michigan Musical Theatre Majors

2007 Performance by the MT Majors choreographed by Dani Spieler

9. Act III Theatre Ensemble

Jordan Aragon, Christopher Albrecht and Hunter Bird at the ensemble's Monday Night Cabaret in 2009

8. Bacharach To The Future

Choreography recreated by Adam Cates for Bacharach To The Future BC/EFA benefit

7. Promises, Promises in Concert

Transport Group's 2018 concert presentation with Lauren Blackman, Julia Harnett and Skye Mattox at Merkin Hall

6. Camp

Alana Allen, Tracee Beazer, DeQuina Moore in the 2003 film Camp

5. Wicked Wonderland Benefit

2018 benefit performance with Lauren Cannon, Autumn Crockett Cooper, Tiffany Mallari, Andy Richardson

4. Broadway Replacement Cast in 1969

Julane Stites and Broadway Cast's 1969 television appearance

3. 2010 Broadway Revival

Megan Sikora, Cameron Adams and Mayumi Miguel

2. American Dance Machine

Jessica Lee Goldyn, Mara Davi and Rosie Fiedelman

1. Original Broadway Cast

Donna McKechnie, Baayork Lee and Julane Stites