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By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 2:57pm PDT
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'Honeymoon In Vegas' Date With Broadway

Deadline's Jeremy Gerard gives his take on the latest Hollywood pic to make the move to Broadway - the 1993 James Caan starrer 'Honeymoon In Vegas'.

Related: Tony Danza’s ‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Sets Broadway Dates, Another Shot For Jason Robert Brown

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Tony Danza’s ‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Sets Broadway Dates, Another Shot For Jason Robert Brown

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Tony Danza Joins Honeymoon in Vegas on BroadwayAs we let you know earlier, Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman’s fizzy musical adaptation of Bergman’s 1992 comedy Honeymoon In Vegas is slated to fill the Broadway vacancy left by the shuttering After Midnight. The new show, starring Tony Danza in the film role created by James Caan, has now set its dates: It will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on November 18, with an official opening date of January 15 (though it’s questionable whether New York’s daily critics will wait nearly two months to review a show they already praised to the skies in its first outing last year at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse). Read More »

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‘After Midnight’ Flops On Broadway, Making Room For ‘Honeymoon In Vegas’

By | Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 1:33pm PDT

Tony Danza Joins Honeymoon in Vegas on BroadwayBring on the parachuting Elvis imitators: Honeymoon in Vegas, the Jason Robert Brown musical starring Tony Danza that should have come to Broadway this season, will open this fall at the Nederander Organization-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre,  a source familiar with the negotiation confirmed Saturday.

A shortage of theaters prevented the show from coming in last fall after a critically acclaimed an SRO tryout during the summer at the Paper Mill Playhouse, a New Jersey nonprofit across the Hudson from Manhattan. The musical is an adaptation of the 1992 comedy starring Nicolas Cage and James Caan. Director and screenplay author Andrew Bergman also penned the script for the show. Read More »

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Broadway B.O. Looks Up For The Season, But Is The `Honeymoon’ Over?

GerardColumn_badgeThe Broadway season will end next week with some good news: The total box office will be up about 11% and $100 million over last season, closing at around $1.27 billion. Attendance will be up, but not as much — about 5%, to 12.2 million customers. Those numbers won’t mask some of the phenomenal losses, led, of course, by the January closing of Spider-Man "Big Fish" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain CallTurn Off The Dark, to the tune of  $70 million or $80 million or $85 million, depending on who you believe and the current status of various lawsuits. But there were smaller, sadder flops, notably the Susan Stroman-led Big Fish, which left most critics (not me) cold and, despite a gorgeous production and a terrific lead performance by Norbert Leo Butz, closed at a total loss.

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And of course there was the closing this past Sunday of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s adaptation of The Bridges Of Madison County, at a loss of $8 million. The question is, will the failure of Bridges affect the future of Brown’s other new show, Honeymoon In Vegas, co-written with that 1992 movie’s screenwriter Andrew Bergman.

Honeymoon — complete with a phalanx of Elvis impersonators, a charming performance by Tony Danza in the key of Sinatra and a career-restoring lead performance by Rob McClure — tried out last fall at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. Unlike the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which asked most critics not to come, the Paper Mill wanted the reviews. After all, the critics had shlepped out to Millburn, NJ for the tryout of Disney’s Newsies, turning what was supposed to be the dry run for a tour into a Broadway-bound hit.

stevejasonkelliI reviewed both Bridges and Vegas. The producers of Bridges might have been better served by more, not fewer, reviews; though I admired Brown’s score, the book was in trouble and the show was only sporadically involving, problems it never overcame. Like most of my colleagues, I thought Honeymoon In Vegas had hit written all over it: “Honeymoon in Vegas doesn’t always know whether it’s comedy or parody,” I concluded in my review, “But Gary Griffin’s fleet staging, Denis Jones’s stylish dances and a fabulous big band conducted by Tom Murray come alive in Anna Louizos’s typically cheeky settings and Brian Hemesath’s spot-on costumes. Honeymoon is a winner.”

And yet Bridges came in, while Honeymoon cooled its heels. Lead producer Roy Gabay said at the time that there was no theater available, though I now hear the real issue is that the theater owners weren’t convinced — reviews to the contrary notwithstanding — it would be a hit. Read More »

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