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Nederlander Theatre
Under the Direction of
James M. Nederlander and James L. Nederlander

Dena Hammerstein, Roy Gabay, Rich Entertainment Group
et al. and
Paper Mill Playhouse

Honeymoon in Vegas
(Honeymoon in Vegas Website)

Book by Andrew Bergman
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Based on the Castle Rock Entertainment Motion Picture

At the
Nederlander Theatre
208 West 41st Street
New York, NY

Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley
Tony Danza

David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel, Matthew Saldivar

And an ensemble of singers/actors/dancers

Directed by Gary Griffin
Choreography by Denis Jones
Music Director: Tom Murray
Orchestrations by Don Sebesky, Larry Blank
Jason Robert Brown, Charlie Rosen
Music Coordinator: Michael Keller

Scenic & Projection Design: Anna Louizos
Costume Design: Brian Hemesath
Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Sound Design: Scott Lehrer & Drew Levy
Hair & Wig Design: Charles G. LaPointe
Props: Kathy Fabian/Propstar
Casting: Telsey + Company/Justin Huff, CSA
Flight Effects: Flying by Foy
Production Stage Manager: Matthew DiCarlo
General Manager: Rob Gabay Productions
Company Manager: Chris Aniello
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Production Management: Aurora Productions
Assoc. Producer: Davis Goldyn

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
February 28, 2015 Matinee

(See January 21, 2015 Review of Honeymoon in Vegas)

About one month ago, after seeing the new Andrew Bergman/Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas, starring Rob McClure, Tony Danza, and Brynn O’Malley, I planned to revisit the show, for its swinging onstage band, it’s melodic and adorable new tunes, and its array of multiple sets, that open and close, moment by moment, revealing a Brooklyn subway entrance, a Brooklyn park bench, a Tiffany’s diamond ring department, a shiny, Las Vegas gambling resort, a plush Hawaiian riverfront mansion, a “garden of disappointed mothers”, a Hawaiian airport, and a host of surprise special effects, including some aerial scenes that wow the audience. On this repeat viewing, I noticed Tom Murray’s orchestra’s changes of costume that match the venues, the hidden, front stage chute, designed for multiple entrances and exits, such as Bea Singer’s arrivals and departures (Jack Singer’s [Mr. McClure] mother, Nancy Opel), the backdrop effects, like a moving, windy sky, and Anna Louizos’ amazing Hawaiian, garden-mother costumes, with sprouting hats and totem-faced torsos.

I also focused on the incredible vocal performances of Tony Danza (Sinatra-esque), Rob McClure (with spirited passion), and Brynn O’Malley (as Betsy, with a wide range), as well as the extraordinary personalities and dance prowess of the ensemble, in hotel, airport, showgirl, and flying Elvis costumes and wigs. Thanks to Gary Griffin’s taut directing, the razzle-dazzle momentum never takes a pause, unless it’s scripted for poignancy, and witty sequences, like a wedding proposal on Jack’s (McClure) bad knee, are replete with one-liners. Denis Jones’ choreography includes wide splits and chorus kicks. I’m still in awe of Tony Danza’s tap dance; he seemed just thrilled to be dancing solo, in front of the curtains. In fact, in spite of all the detailed scenery and active ensemble, the leads had solo stage time that brought the audience close. Jason Robert Brown’s music and lyrics are aimed for wide appeal, even for children, as the raunchiest jokes are double-entendres or understated, and Andrew Bergman’s story is a timeless romance, guy gets girl, overbearing mother gives in, girl is sidetracked, and, in this family fare, everyone stays true, except the campy crooks. This is all old-fashioned fun, and it’s still so wonderful to hear packed audiences roaring with laughter. In this ice, cold winter, Honeymoon in Vegas warms everyone up.

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