Tony Danza will star in the upcoming musical adaptation of “Honeymoon in Vegas.” After a run in Toronto later this year, the musical is expected to make its Broadway debut in the spring 2013.
“Honeymoon in Vegas” is based on the 1992 film of the same name that starred Nicholas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. Danza will play Tommy Korman in the production, a wealthy Vegas resident played by James Caan in the film. In the production, Korman tries to break up the impending marriage between a man who is afraid of commitment and his fiancée, who looks significantly like Korman’s late wife.
Gary Griffin, known for his work with “The Color Purple,” will direct the production, which features music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Andrew Bergman, who directed and wrote the film, wrote the book, and choreography is by Denis Jones.
The Toronto production, which will be held at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, was announced yesterday at the theater with Danza in attendance, who described his character to the audience.
“He’s a wiseguy in Vegas,” Danza said. “When we first meet him, he’s lost his beloved wife. She was an extreme sunbather in Vegas and she died of skin cancer.”
Danza also performed songs from the production at the announcement event, and later told the National Post about his feelings on the new musical.
“I know this sounds [like] hyperbole but I think it’s the best score I’ve heard since “West Side Story,” he told the paper.
No other cast has yet been announced, nor has a Broadway theater that will house the production next year.
The rest of the Mirvish Theatre’s season will feature seven additional shows, including “Flashdance,” “Backbeat,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and the first Canadian version of “The Book of Mormon.” The production of “La Cage Aux Folles” will star George Hamilton.