Jim Belushi, Peter Scolari, Rachel York Take Part in Reading of New "The Honeymooners" Musical

News   Jim Belushi, Peter Scolari, Rachel York Take Part in Reading of New "The Honeymooners" Musical
 
Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, currently represented on Broadway with Catch Me If You Can, directs an industry reading of a new musical based on the famed TV series "The Honeymooners" June 24, according to the New York Post.

Rachel York
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The cast features Jim Belushi as bus driver Ralph, the role made famous by the late Jackie Gleason; Peter Scolari as sewer worker Norton; Rachel York as Ralph's wife, Alice; and Helene Yorke as  Norton's wife, Trixie. John Treacy Egan portrays the real Gleason.

The new musical was penned by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss with a score by Stephen Weiner and Peter Mills (Iron Curtain).

The musical, according to the New York daily, "opens on the streets of New York a few weeks before Christmas in 1950.... [Ralph is] angry because he's got no money for the holiday. ... Then he sees an ad for a jingle-writing contest. The winners get $500. And so he and Norton rent a piano -- much to Alice's dismay -- and crank out a song for a cheese company. They win the contest and end up at a fancy Madison Avenue ad agency....with Machiavellian ad execs scheming to undermine Norton and Ralph."

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