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Publisher's Summary

Have a Nice Day features a live multi-cast script reading captured over two evenings in October of 2018 at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. 

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter - and possibly his life. 

President David Murray starts the day in crisis. He’s lost control of Congress, has to decide whether to run for a second term, and his wife and teenage daughter are barely talking to him. What’s more, the Angel of Death has sent a rather inept “repo man” who is at the foot of his bed, giving him only one more day to live. 

Cast members include Justin Bartha, Irene Bedard, Annette Bening, Chris Cafero, Dick Cavett, Auli'i Cravalho, Billy Crystal, Rachel Dratch, Darrell Hammond, Christopher Jackson, Robert King, Kevin Kline, and Robin Thede. 

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC

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Annette Bening

About the Performer

Annette Bening is a Tony and Academy Award-nominated actress whose theater credits include: King Lear, Shakespeare in the Park; Ruth Draper Monologues, Geffen Playhouse; The Cherry Orchard, Mark Taper Forum; Talking Heads; Hedda Gabler, Geffen Playhouse; Medea, UCLA; and Coastal Disturbances which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Film credits include: Life Itself; 20th Century Women (Golden Globe nomination); The Kids Are Alright (Golden Globe winner, Academy Award nomination); Being Julia (Golden Globe Winner, Academy Award nomination); American Beauty (Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe nomination); The American President (Golden Globe nomination); The Grifters (Academy Award nomination); and more.

Kevin Kline

About the Performer

Kevin Kline has received numerous awards including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, three Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, and two Obie Awards. Kline’s Broadway career includes Present Laughter, Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry IV, Ivanov, The Pirates of Penzance, On the Twentieth Century, and The Three Sisters. Off-Broadway credits include King Lear, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Seagull, Measure for Measure, Hamlet (which he also directed), Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, and Richard III. Kline’s recent film work includes Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the Tribeca–winning indie Dean. Other film credits include A Fish Called Wanda, Sophie’s Choice, The Big Chill, Silverado, Cry Freedom, Dave, and many more.

About the Performer

Justin Bartha is a versatile stage and screen actor best known by many for starring in two beloved billion-dollar franchises: Todd Phillips’ The Hangover trilogy, as well as the National Treasure movies. Upcoming, Bartha can be seen in Nick Hamm’s Driven opposite Jason Sudeikis and Corey Stoll, Collin Friesen’s Sorry for Your Loss, and Mark Polish’s Headlock. Bartha’s additional film credits include: Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl, Holy Rollers opposite Jesse Eisenberg, Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, The Rebound, and Failure to Launch. On television, Bartha was most recently seen co-starring in the critically acclaimed drama The Good Fight for CBS All Access. He also starred in Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal for NBC. Stage credits include the Tony-nominated revival of Lend Me a Tenor opposite Tony Shalhoub, Jesse Eisenberg’s Asunción, Robert Askins’ Permission, and Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.

About the Performer

Irene Bedard is a Native American actor, director, producer, and advocate. This year she had the honor of becoming a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She can be most recently seen in this season of Westworld. Irene has been a Golden Globe nominee for the TNT production of Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee. She had a major recurring role in Steven Kings’ The Mist for the Paramount Network. She also had a recurring role on Longmire and was prominently featured in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Into the West. Irene was also the speaking voice of Pocahontas in the Disney animated movie.

About the Performer

Chris is thrilled to be sharing the stage with this amazing cast. Chris is an actor, writer, and comedian in New York City. He was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Select credits include: Bull (CBS), The Other Two (Comedy Central), Billions (Showtime), The Night Of (HBO), Law & Order: SVU (NBC) and The Awesome 80's Prom (Off-Broadway). Chris is a founding member, writer, and performer with award-winning sketch troupe Uncle Function, and a house sketch performer at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also performs stand-up throughout the city. Love to the Core4.

About the Performer

Three-time Emmy winner Dick Cavett hosted The Dick Cavett Show on ABC, PBS, USA, and CNBC. His shows were hailed for their wide variety of guests, frequent controversy, and ability to attract “ungettable” guests. His upcoming film is Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes. Television successes include the 2014 PBS special, Dick Cavett’s Watergate, and the 2015 Dick Cavett’s Vietnam. His books, Talk Show and Brief Encounters, are collections of his online opinion column for The New York Times. He has also written for The New Yorker, TV Guide, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere, and received many awards for his work.

About the Performer

An actress and singer, Cravalho was only 14 years old when she was cast as the lead in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ worldwide hit film, Moana. Now 17, Cravalho has traveled the world promoting Moana and flawlessly sang the Oscar-nominated song How Far I’ll Go live on the Academy Awards. She is known for her role as Lilette Suarez in the NBC drama Rise. She sang The Star-Spangled Banner for the annual National Memorial Day Concert on PBS and is a contributing author in America Ferrera’s book American Like Me. Time magazine named her one of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017.

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Midlife crisis in the white house

This is a fun comedy about POTUS having a midlife crisis. His teenage daughter is pulling away, and embarrassed by him. His wife is missing their old life (which causes a silly, funny scene where they try relive a game they played back when they were young, poor newlyweds). He also needs to decide if he wants to run for a second term - after having a rather unsuccessful first term. All this while dealing whit the media and paparazzi.

While it is about the POTUS, it is not caught up much in modern politics. Which party this guy is from was not clear to me. There was no obvious jabs at the current president (I which I guess is good or bad, depending on your view of him). It's a comedy about people, with a political background, not a political comedy.

It is a live recording of a performance, in front of an audience. The quality of the recording reflects that. It is fairly good, but not perfect. As with a live audience you do get a lot of laughter in the recording. The All-Star class is great. Really enjoyable.

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An EVERBODY Listen

This was an amazing story and it should be heard by everyone. A fantastic story to portray a message of such value to mankind. Made me think of what my values and priorities are, for sure, and in such a fun and light hearted way too. Wish I could 'gift' this to every person. Listen! I can't believe you would ever regret hearing it.

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Best audiostory I ever heard

I started listening to this story before going to bed as I always do. I usually listen for 15 minutes before falling asleep. This time I could not stop listening and finished the whole recording. It is 2:55 am now. Even though I have a busy workday tomorrow, I felt that I had to write this review and thank Audible for this gift.

This is an amazing story and performances of the cast were extraordinary. I am recommending this audiostory to my family and my friends.

Again, thank you Audible. 👍

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superb!!

stellar cast! Kevin Kline, Annette Benning and Billy Crystal?? Devine! Delivery was spot on, felt like watching the play. Absolutely amazing!! Story was wonderful! Thank you Audible for an another awesome original!

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WOW

I was excited about the cast when I was reading the radio play description. The story was fun the script writing fluid and delivery/acting fantastic! More I want more!

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Amazing!! Best reading ever!!!

Loved this!! Highly recommend to anyone who wants an up lifting short story. Just wonderful!!

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Absolutely Mawvelous!

!!!!! Completely awesome work. The whole cast was awesome. Definitely a must listen for anyone.

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What a great play!!

This was just simply delightful. I enjoy listening to plays on audible and for the most case, they are well done. This one was exceptional. I highly recommend it. Pure entertainment!!

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SO well done!

Wonderful story, beautifully told. It was easy to picture the players, the sets, and the experiences the characters were having. The solid, funny, clever story told marvelously by fabulous reader/actors. I highly recommend it!

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Heartwarming

I love audio plays and dramatized books. This was absolutely qorth the download. I am so glad I got it for the free November promotion Audible had. I will definitely be listening again and again.

Some of my favorite actors are performing and it was just such a heartwarming story. I teared up several times. It was just such a good listen.

Bravo!

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  • 11-27-20

Really enjoyed this!

I have come back to this story time and time again since first hearing it over the summer...it feels like every time I listen I find there’s something different about the performances or background moments that strikes me-so many funny silly moments mixed with some others filled with pathos and love and laughter-all the bits that make up life! For a TLDR review...a great script, with great performances makes for a great recording!

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Very funny!

Enjoy this...lots of laugh-out-loud moments, really good acting and seamless storyline. I think worth every penny!

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  • 09-17-22

Lovely, sweet and funny.

What it says above. Well worth a listen. Have more Billy Crystal in your life.

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  • 05-19-22

More Drama than Comedy

Thought it would be funnier, Raj! was funnier on the Plus Catalogue & I'd listen to it again... Surprising-ish twist at the end, wouldn't listen a 2nd time,just a couple of chuckles nothing very funny to me,sound effects were okay.I could tell some of the comedy was visual & missing in the audio.

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  • 05-15-22

What a wonderful discovery

I loved everything about this, the atmosphere of an event (by great actors no doubt for great actors and film and theatre people and their families) and the sense of really being at an event. I thought the writing was excellent (Billy Crystal is wasted as an actor….just joking but just imagine that he could have been writing more of these good hearted moral charming funny thought-provoking scripts over the years). We listened driving home from Wells and then we didn’t get out of the car until it ended. Excellent. Thanks Audible.

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  • 05-05-22

Brilliant

Loved this play, excellent acting and storyline. I would highly recommend having a listen!

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 04-28-22

Performances are everything - mostly!

The story wasn't stunning - a little formulaic - but wow - the performances
Billy Crystal - amazing - timing is everything
Kevin Kline - resurrecting Dave - loved his delivery
And everyone else - almost perfect - especially for free
MORE PLEASE

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-22

Not at all what I expected! So much better!

I expected a well performed comedy but this was so much more! It was thought provoking and the cast were amazing, a great listen

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  • DFH
  • 04-06-22

Warning if driving whilst listening …

You may cry at the end, as I did, so you have been warned if you’re driving whilst listening. Superb performances all around and it being recorded front of an audience added to the performance. I’m so glad I downloaded this free from Audible - I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-22

Wonderful

Found this gem by accident. Just wonderful!brilliant story . Love it even more as it’s free

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  • Eachan Harrison
  • 06-30-22

Absolutely loved it!

Do yourself a favour and listen to this one. Great story, well performed and a great theme!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-22

VERY INTERESTING

I really enjoyed this and the messages it sent were very applicable and it was delivered in a wonderful way everyone was great

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  • Rachael Mayo
  • 12-28-21

Have a nice day indeed.

I wasn't sure what to expect but I absolutely LOVED it. 💜 With this cast, I should have known it would be great.

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  • Robbie
  • 11-26-21

Billy delivers

This is laugh out loud material
Thanks to all concerned for some light relief amidst all the gloom

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 10-27-21

Great production of play with a weak ending

It is great to get this play, among several audio books, free to members - and at a shorter length than most books. I have tired of long books sometimes, however wonderful they are, like Middlemarch, but at 35 hours these can be a slog.
'Have a Nice Day' has a splendid cast, and is beautifully realized as a radio play - of an old-fashioned sort. I worked for several years as a radio drama producer in Australia, and plays of this style were seldom heard after about the 1970s. There is now no radio drama broadcast in Australia, sad to say, and there has been very little in the USA for many years. Only in Europe does the art form continue, particularly in Germany and the UK. So it was good to hear a radio play written and produced just in the last couple of years. The story was excellent, but I thought the ending was weak - the no-name man, the Angel of Death, gave an explanation for offering himself in place of David Murray, as the next person to die, but the explanation sounded quite unconvincing to me. In a play in realistic style, he needed to come up with something more compelling than this. So the story limped off the radio 'stage'.

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  • Cecile
  • 10-19-21

pure entertainment

great play, goofy at times, with some cerebral and wise pearls. Great production, feels real.

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  • Lucie Compton
  • 09-26-21

Lovely story

What a really lovely story this is. I really didn’t know how it would end, and I was really delighted with the way it worked out. The performances were spectacular, not surprising given the actors. 10 out of 10.