'Honeymoon in Vegas' to Hit Broadway

10:00 AM PST 06/18/2014 by David Rooney

Tony Danza heads the cast of Andrew Bergman's and Jason Robert Brown's musical, based on the 1992 screen comedy about a gambler who gets in the way of a young couple's wedding plans.

NEW YORK – Following its well-received tryout last year at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, Honeymoon in Vegas has booked a Broadway opening for this winter.

Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley will star in the roles played by James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, respectively, in Andrew Bergman's 1992 screen comedy.

Directed by Gary Griffin and choreographed by Denis Jones, the show begins previews Nov. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with official opening set for Jan. 15.

Veteran screenwriter Andrew Bergman adapted the book, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, a two-time Tony winner this year for his original score and orchestrations on The Bridges of Madison County. Brown previously won the original score Tony in 1999 for Parade.

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McClure plays regular guy Jack Singer, who finally overcomes his fear of marriage and pops the question to his sweetheart, Betsy, to be played by O'Malley. But when they head to Las Vegas to tie the knot, slick gambler Tommy Korman (Danza) causes complications by falling for the bride.

Reviewing the Paper Mill presentation in The New York Times, Ben Brantley called it "a swinging hymn to laid-back outrageousness," applauding "the cooler-than-cool spirit of Frank Sinatra" in Danza's star turn.

Known for the long-running TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss, Danza was last seen on Broadway in The Producers in 2006. McClure received a Tony nomination in 2013 for the bio-musical Chaplin, while O'Malley last appeared in the 2012 revival of Annie.

Lead producers on Honeymoon in Vegas are Dena HammersteinRoy Gabay, Rich Entertainment Group and Dan Farah. Additional casting is to be announced. The show picks up the vacancy created at the Brooks Atkinson by After Midnight, which ends its critically lauded but commercially disappointing run there June 29.

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