By Andrew Gans
27 Oct 2013
|Photo by T. Charles Erickson|
Featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman — the director and screenwriter of the original film — the musical is directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Denis Jones.
Honeymoon received strong reviews following its Oct. 6 opening, including a rave from the New York Times. Read The Verdict here. The New York Post recently reported that producer Roy Gabay hopes to bring the production to Broadway.
The cast is led by Tony Danza as Tommy Korman, a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love; Tony nominee Rob McClure as Jack Singer; and Brynn O'Malley as Betsy Nolan. The three artists are joined by Tony nominee Nancy Opel as Bea Singer, Matthew Saldivar as Johnny Sandwich, David Josefsberg as Tony Rocky/Roy Bacon and Catherine Ricafort as Mahi.
Honeymoon in Vegas, according to press notes, "is an insanely funny musical that tells the tale of Jack Singer (McClure), a guy with an extraordinary fear of marriage, who finally overcomes his phobia and goes to Las Vegas to wed his longtime girlfriend, Betsy (O’Malley). Enter Tommy Korman (Danza), a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. Tommy spots Betsy, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, and the game is afoot."
The production also features music direction by Thomas Murray, orchestrations by Don Sebesky, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Brian Hemesath, lighting design by Paul Miller, sound design by Randy Hansen and hair and wig design by Bettie O. Rogers.
It's a busy season for composer Brown, whose other new musical, The Bridges of Madison County, will arrive on Broadway in 2014. His two-person musical, The Last Five Years, recently enjoyed a revival presented by Second Stage Theatre.
Tickets range from $27-$98 and may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at papermill.org.
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