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Honeymoon In Vegas

 

Honeymoon in Vegas is playing at the Nederlander Theatre located at 208 West 41th St.  It runs two hours thirty minutes with one intermission.  This is an open ended run.

The show is based on the 1992 movie of the same name, starring James Caan, Nicholas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.

It premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn N. J. from September 20,2013 thru October 27, 2013.

Jason Robert wrote the score.  He won two Tony Awards for “The Bridges Over Madison County (2014) and “Parade” (1998) and was nominated for a Tony Award for “Urban Cowboy” (2003).

Anna Louizos is the scenic designer.  She was nominated for three Tony Awards, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (2013),"In the Heights” (2008) and “High Fidelity” (2007).

Brian Hemesath is the costume designer .He is making his Broadway debut as costume designer.  Brian is the costume designer for PBS‘s Sesame Street.  He was nominated for four Emmy’s and won one in 2010-2011.  Brian is one of the costume designers for “Saturday Night live”.

Tony Danza is known for his roles in the television shows “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss”.

Bob McClure was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama League Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and won a Theatre Word and Clive Barnes Award in 2012 for “Chaplin: The Musical.

Nancy Opel was nominated for a Tony Award,  Urinetown” (2002).

Jack Singer (Rob McClure) loves Betsey Nolan (Brynn O’Malley).  They have been together for five years.  He wants to marry her but his mother’s Bea (Nancy Opel) ghost keeps popping up.  She made him promise him not to marry or something would happen.  He decides they should go to Vegas and marry.

When they are in Vegas Tommy Korman (Tony Danza) and his side kick Johnny Sandwich (Matthew Salivar) spot Betsy. Tommy is mesmerized; she looks just like his deceased wife.  They are con artists, cheating people at card games. 

When Betsy looks for a wedding dress Jack goes to a card game that Tommy invited him to. Jack thinks he has a winning hand so he borrows $58,000.00 from Tommy.  Of course he loses and has no way to pay him back.  Tommy tells him the only way he will forget about the debt is to let him spend the weekend with Betsey.  No Hanky Panky.  Thinking they would speed the weekend in Vegas he agrees.  However Tommy tells Betsy he has a place in Hawaii and wants to spend the weekend there.  Jack can’t get a flight to Hawaii.  When he finally arrives Tommy and Betsy are on their way back to Vegas.  Poor Jack can’t find a direct flight to Vegas.  He finds a way back with a group of Elvis impersonators.  When they get to Vegas they sky dive into town including Jack.

What happens in between and at the end of the show you will have to go see it.

The show is good.  The music is so so.  They could have left it out.  The music tells the story but there are no outstanding songs.

The Orchestra is wonderful and in a few scenes they take up the whole stage.  They sound like the big bands from the 1940’s.  The opening number the drummer sounds like Gene Krupa.

Rob McClure stole the show.  He was fantastic, both acting and singing.

David Josefsberg does a great job as an Elvis impersonator and lounge singer.

Despite the songs Honeymoon in Vegas is a nice show to see.

Review by Rozanna Radakovich.

Photos by Annazor.

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