According to an Equity casting notice, the new musical HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, which was initially scheduled to premiere in Toronto last Fall, will open at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse in September. The show will run September 26 through October 27 2013 and is expected to transfer to Broadway in Spring 2014.
A representative for Paper Mill Playhouse released the following statement: "Paper Mill Playhouse can neither confirm or deny that we will be producing Honeymoon in Vegas during our 2013-2014 season," stated Shayne Miller, Director of Press and Public Relations for the Millburn Theater. "We are still in negotiations with the commercial producers on this project."
Based on the Castle Rock Entertainment Motion Picture of the same title, Honeymoon in Vegas features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman (director and screenwriter of the film). Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct.
Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer, a regular guy with an extreme fear of marriage. When his girlfriend Betsy puts the pressure on, Jack finally pops the question and they head to Sin City for a whirlwind wedding weekend. But when Vegas wise guy Tommy Korman catches a glimpse of the stunning bride-to-be, and notices her uncanny resemblance to his late wife, he does everything possible to break up the romance and get his own second chance at love.
Composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown won the Tony Award for the score of Parade. He also wrote the music and lyrics for 13, The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World, and contributed songs to Urban Cowboy the Musical.
Book-writer Andrew Bergman is a prolific screenwriter, film director, novelist and film historian. A principal author of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, Bergman is best known for writing the cult classics The In-Laws, Fletch and Soapdish. Along with Honeymoon in Vegas, he wrote and directed The Freshman and It Could Happen to You. On Broadway he wrote the hit comedy Social Security, directed by Mike Nichols.
Gary Griffin directed The Color Purple (11 Tony Nominations including Best Musical) and The Apple Tree (Tony Nomination for Best Musical Revival) on Broadway. Off Broadway credits include: Saved (Playwrights Horizons), The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Pardon My English, The New Moon (Encores) and Beautiful Thing. In London his credits include Pacific Overtures at the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier Award-Outstanding Musical Production and Olivier Award nomination for Best Director). He has received eight Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing shows in Chicago.
Released in 1992, the movie Honeymoon in Vegas starred James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, and was written and directed by Andrew Bergman.