PHOTO CALL: Paper Mill's Honeymoon In Vegas, Composed by Jason Robert Brown, Meets the Press
By Joseph Marzullo
The cast and creative team of the Paper Mill Playhouse upcoming production of the world-premiere, Broadway-bound musical Honeymoon in Vegas, which is based on the Castle Rock Entertainment motion picture of the same title and will launch the New Jersey venue's 75th anniversary season, met the press on Aug 20.
Featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman — the director and screenwriter of the original film — the musical will be directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Denis Jones.
Previews will begin at Paper Mill Sept. 26 with an official opening Oct. 6. Performances will continue through Oct. 27.
The cast will be led by Tony Danza as Tommy Korman, a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love; Tony nominee Rob McClure as Jack Singer; and Brynn O'Malley as Betsy Nolan. The three artists will be joined by the newly announced Tony nominee Nancy Opel as Bea Singer, Matthew Saldivar as Johnny Sandwich, David Josefsberg as Tony Rocky/Roy Bacon and Catherine Ricafort as Mahi.
The ensemble will comprise Matt Allen, Stanley Bahorek, Tracee Beazer, Grady McLeod Bowman, Barry Busby, Daniel J. Edwards, Paige Faure, Leslie Donna Flesner, Gaelen Gilliland, Sarah Marie Jenkins, Max Kumangai, Raymond Lee, George Merrick, Mara Newbery and Katie Webber.
Honeymoon in Vegas, according to press notes, "is an insanely funny musical that tells the tale of Jack Singer (McClure), a guy with an extraordinary fear of marriage, who finally overcomes his phobia and goes to Las Vegas to wed his longtime girlfriend, Betsy (O’Malley). Enter Tommy Korman (Danza), a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. Tommy spots Betsy, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, and the game is afoot."
The production will also feature music direction by Thomas Murray, orchestrations by Don Sebesky, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Brian Hemesath, lighting design by Paul Miller, sound design by Randy Hansen and hair and wig design by Bettie O. Rogers.
Tickets are on sale now and range from $27-$98. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.
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