Nederlander Theatre, (1/15/2015 - 4/05/2015)

First Preview: Nov 18, 2014
Opening Date: Jan 15, 2015
Closing Date: Apr 05, 2015
Total Previews: 66
Total Performances: 93

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: New York, Las Vegas and Hawaii.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Dena Hammerstein, Roy Gabay, Rich Entertainment Group, Dan Farah, Metro Card, King's Leaves, Dan Frishwasser, Leslie Greif/Thom Beers, Susan Dietz & Lenny Beer, Howard Hoffman/Anna Czekaj, Important Musicals, Sharon Karmazin, L.G. Scott and Martin Markinson; Produced in association with Ken Greiner/Ruth Hendel, Krauss Freitag/Boyle Koenigsberg, Rick Steiner/Bell-Staton Group, Pam Pariseau and Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director; Todd Schmidt, Managing Director); Associate produced by David Goldyn

World premiere originally produced on October 6, 2013 by Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director; Todd Schmidt, Managing Director)

Book by Andrew Bergman; Music by Jason Robert Brown; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown; Based on the Motion Picture by Castle Rock Entertainment; Music orchestrated by Don Sebesky, Larry Blank, Jason Robert Brown and Charlie Rosen; Musical Director: Tom Murray; Vocal arrangements by Jason Robert Brown; Dance arrangements by Jason Robert Brown; Additional Orchestrations: James Sampliner

Directed by Gary Griffin; Choreographed by Denis Jones; Associate Director: Jen Bender; Associate Choreographer: Kim Craven

Scenic Design by Anna Louizos; Projection Design by Anna Louizos; Costume Design by Brian Hemesath; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy; Wig & Hair Designs: Charles G. LaPointe; Associate Scenic Design: Jeremy W. Foil; Associate Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara; Associate Sound Design: Will Pickens; Associate Wig/Hair Designer: Liz Printz

General Manager: Roy Gabay Productions; Company Manager: Chris Aniello; Associate Co. Mgr: Mandy Tate

Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: Matthew DiCarlo; Stage Manager: Rachel Bauder

Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Tom Murray; Associate Musical Coord: Michael Aarons; Associate Conductor: James Sampliner; Concert Master: Todd Reynolds; Violin: Katherine Livolsi-Landau; Violin/Viola: Monica Davis; Reeds: Giuseppe Fusco, Marc Phaneuf and Jay Brandford; Trumpet: Anthony Kadleck and Jami Dauber; Trombone: Clint Sharman; French Horn: Shelagh Abate; Guitar/Ukulele: Gary Sieger; Bass: Bob Renino; Piano: James Sampliner; Drums: Jamie Eblen; Music Preparation: Donald Oliver, Paul Holderbaum and Chelsea Music

Props: Kathy Fabian and Propstar

Flight Effects: Flying by Foy; Casting: Telsey + Company and Justin Huff, C.S.A.; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Interactive Marketing: Situation Interactive; Dance Captain: Barry Busby; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Tony DanzaTommy Korman
Rob McClureJack Singer
Brynn O'MalleyBetsy Nolan
David JosefsbergBuddy Rocky
Roy Bacon
Nancy OpelBea Singer
Matthew SaldivarJohnny Sandwich
Matt AllenHotel Manager
Flying Elvis
Tracee BeazerTicket Agent
Grady McLeod BowmanFlying Elvis
Leslie Donna FlesnerBuddy's Showgirl
Gaelen GillilandJoanne Klein
Ticket Agent
Voiceover Announcement
Albert GuerzonFlying Elvis
Raymond J. LeeChan Elvis Park
Flying Elvis
George MerrickDougie Cataracts
Ticket Agent
Voiceover Announcement
Zachary PrinceAlex
Catherine RicafortMahi
Erica SweanyBuddy's Showgirl
Cary TedderFlying Elvis
Katie WebberCranberry Waitress
Sapphire de la Tour
Flying Elvis

Swings: Barry Busby, Jessica Naimy, Jonalyn Saxer and Brendon Stimson

Understudies: Matt Allen (Buddy Rocky, Johnny Sandwich, Roy Bacon), Gaelen Gilliland (Bea Singer), Sean Allan Krill (Tommy Korman), George Merrick (Buddy Rocky, Roy Bacon, Tommy Korman), Jessica Naimy (Betsy Nolan), Zachary Prince (Jack Singer), Jonalyn Saxer (Betsy Nolan), Cary Tedder (Jack Singer) and Katie Webber (Bea Singer)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2015 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Nancy Opel

 2015 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Don Sebesky

 2015 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Larry Blank

 2015 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Jason Robert Brown

 2015 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Charlie Rosen

 2015 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

 2015 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy

 2015 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Jason Robert Brown


ACT 1 Sung By
I Love BetsyJack Singer and Ensemble
Never Get MarriedBea Singer and Ensemble
Anywhere But HereBetsy Nolan
When You Say VegasBuddy Rocky, Tommy Korman, Johnny Sandwich and Ensemble
Out of the SunTommy Korman
Forever Starts TonightTommy Korman and Jack Singer
Betsy's Getting MarriedBetsy Nolan, Jack Singer, Tommy Korman and Ensemble
Come to an AgreementTommy Korman
Do SomethingBuddy Rocky, Jack Singer and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Hawaii/Waiting for YouRaymond, Betsy Nolan, Jack Singer and Ensemble
Every Day Is Happy in HawaiiJack Singer, Teihutu and Mahi
Friki-FrikiMahi and Jack Singer
You Made the Wait WorthwhileTommy Korman, Betsy Nolan and Ensemble
A Little LuckTommy Korman and Johnny Sandwich
Isn't That Enough?Jack Singer
Airport SongTicket Agents and Ensemble
Higher LoveRoy Bacon and Ensemble
I've Been ThinkingBetsy Nolan
Honeymoon in Vegas (Finale)Jack Singer, Betsy Nolan and Ensemble


AP: "'Honeymoon in Vegas' a winning combo of fun, songs"

What's a girl to do when, just hours before her long-awaited marriage, some other guy tries to strong arm her into wedlock!

Such is the slim dilemma driving the sassy, flashy new musical comedy, "Honeymoon in Vegas."

High-powered energy comes from the winning combination of the book by Andrew Bergman ("Blazing Saddles" and "Fletch"), and music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown ("The Bridges of Madison County"). Directed with a firm hand by Gary Griffin, a glitzy, warmhearted production opened Thursday night on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre.

Bergman and Brown 's buoyantly cheesy production, adapted from a 1992 movie starring James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, combines retro musical flavors with contemporary rhymes. The bright score pays homage, with big-band and Rat-Pack flair, to a variety of pre-nuptial and Las Vegas clichés.

From the first notes of the accomplished overture, led by Tom Murray, the show feels confident and fun. Rob McClure ("Chaplin"), and Brynn O'Malley ("Annie" and "Wicked") play Jack and Betsy, star-crossed Brooklyn lovers under a no-marriage curse from Jack's deceased mother. Bravely deciding to get hitched anyhow, they rush to Las Vegas. There they encounter Tommy, (the irrepressible Tony Danza), a politely menacing gangster who plots to take Betsy for himself because she looks exactly like his dead wife.

Danza, best known for TV shows "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss," was previously on Broadway as Max Bialystock in "The Producers." In "Vegas," he exudes charisma and athletic charm as a suave wiseguy. He easily compensates for his gravelly singing voice with seemingly limitless energy, and his onstage enjoyment is infectious, whether he's blending with the skilled ensemble or smartly executing a smooth, solo tap dance.

McClure is a treat as clueless, nebbishy Jack, creating an appealing chemistry with O'Malley's lovely, clear-eyed Betsy. Their solos and duets are charming, as McClure sings "I Love Betsy" and later, O'Malley plaintively sings "Waiting for You." Another standout number has McClure and Danza singing "A Little Luck," with each character holding an opposing view of what that actually means.

The young lovers are divided by increasingly outlandish circumstances, which include Nancy Opel riotously popping up everywhere as the nagging ghost of Bea, Jack's disapproving mother. Tommy also spirits Betsy off to Hawaii, leading Jack to experience the horrors of relentlessly cheerful but unhelpful airport and resort staff.

It's Vegas, baby, so statuesque, sequined showgirls in flamingo pink repeatedly strut their stuff, and giant playing cards swoop around the stage during a poker game. Matthew Saldivar is great fun as Tommy's not-so-bright sidekick, Johnny Sandwich, and David Josefberg lends brio to two different showbiz huckster archetypes.

A big scene in a cargo plane showcases Denis Jones' whimsical choreography and the audacious scenic design of Anna Louizos. A troupe of glittery Flying Elvises jauntily line-dances across the stage while singing "Higher Love," a rollicking homage to The King, and they try to inspire Jack to jump out of the plane with their catchy refrain, "Jump, jump. Jumpety-jump!"

Subtlety is in short supply, obviously, and some of the comedy is deliberately tasteless, but it's all in fun. Tommy's wife Donna died of skin cancer, so one of Danza's biggest numbers, "Out of the Sun," is a comical lament about letting her overtan, "roasting like a chicken in her chair." Catherine Ricafort, adorably playing a deceitful Hawaiian tour guide, tries to seduce Jack by rolling all over him while singing a cringingly funny song, "Friki-Friki."

With its exuberant spirit and Brown's classy score, "Honeymoon in Vegas" is truly a winning musical.


New York Daily News: "'Honeymoon in Vegas,' theater review"

There’s plenty to like about the new Broadway arrival “Honeymoon in Vegas.” That goes double for the terrific score, which gives stars Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O’Malley shots to shine.

If only the overall production were sexier, funnier and more surprising. As is, the show, directed by Gary Griffin (“The Color Purple”) is cute and old-fashioned, a good time. That’s something, but even with a scene featuring Elvis skydivers, it doesn’t really get airborne. In that sense, this “Honeymoon” is the very same show it was in the fall of 2013 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

Jason Robert Brown (a Tony winner last year for “The Bridges of Madison County”) deserves huzzahs for making the kicky musical cocktail of catchy melodies and clever lyrics that drive this show. The songs smartly change tempo and tone, shifting from classic showtunes to jazzy stylings to island breeziness as the action moves from New York to Nevada to Hawaii.

The leapfrogging storyline comes courtesy of Andrew Bergman, who adapts his screenplay for the 1992 movie featuring Nicolas Cage, James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker. Jack Singer (McClure) loves his longtime girlfriend, Betsy (O’Malley). But he’s a Nathan Detroit type — a guy who can’t commit to his doll. Worse, he’s cursed by a mommy complex (Nancy Opel plays the mother).

But Jack is forced to man up and take a leap when richer and sharper high-roller Tommy Korman (Danza) puts the make on Betsy. After all, she’s a lookalike for his late wife, whose death by overexposure to the sun provides the show some grift for a streak of dark humor. It could’ve used even more of the same.

Griffin’s production speeds along efficiently. Some smart touches include showgirls with oversized playing cards during a pivotal poker match. But the director trips up occasionally on nonessential material. A labored scene about the absurdities of airline travel could have easily been jettisoned.

The three leads lend charm and appeal. O’Malley is plucky and makes her “Anywhere But Here,” a musical ultimatum, stand out. And she should deliver another demand: Get me a new wig or else.

McClure (“Chaplin”) gets the show off on a winning note with the tuneful “I Love Betsy,” and goes full-throttle from then on out. Danza is a charmer with his Sinatra-like singing and tap-happy moments. He’ll never convince as a bad guy, but Danza’s the boss of good fun.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Nederlander Theatre

(1/15/2015 - 4/5/2015)
Press Representative: Ryan Ratelle.

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