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Tony Danza and Cast Announced for Broadway-Bound Honeymoon In Vegas

Paper Mill Playhouse Produces World-Premiere Musical HONEYMOON IN VEGAS

HMV UpNext 171X230Millburn, NJ- Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to launch its 75th Anniversary Season with the world-premiere, Broadway-bound musical Honeymoon in Vegas, 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 (The Last Five Years, Parade, 13) and book by Andrew Bergman (director and screenwriter of the film). Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct with original choreography by Denis Jones.  Honeymoon in Vegas will star television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza  (Who's the Boss?, Taxi, The Producers, A View From The Bridge, The Iceman Cometh) as Tommy Korman, a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. Leading the company are Tony btn-buynominee Rob McClure (Chaplin) as Jack Singer, Brynn O'Malley (Annie) as Betsy Nolan, Tony nominee Nancy Opel (Memphis, Urinetown) as Bea Singer, Matthew Saldivar (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Johnny Sandwich and David Josefsberg (Wedding Singer) as Tony Rocky/Roy Bacon.  Honeymoon in Vegas will play the Millburn, New Jersey theater from September 26 through October 27.  The official press opening night is Sunday, October 6, 2013, at 7:00pm.  Honeymoon in Vegas is generously supported by a grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Paper Mill Playhouse's 75th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the hit movie, 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 author of the comedy classics The In-Laws and The Freshman and the Tony-winning composer of The Last Five Years team up to create a sidesplitting musical with all the glitz, fun, and brassy glamor of a night out in Las Vegas.

Honeymoon in Vegas will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday (altered first week schedule).  Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm.  Tickets are on sale now and range from $27 to $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 Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. 

"I'm excited to be back on stage in a musical. I love Paper Mill Playhouse—it's a beautiful theater," remarked Tony Danza. "I've been working on this project for a long time and can't wait for people to see this funny story and hear Jason Robert Brown's great score!"Danza Tony Honeymoon in Vegas will star television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza as Tommy Korman.  Perhaps best known for starring on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series, including Taxi (1978–1983) and Who’s the Boss? (1984–1992), Tony Danza has also established himself as a stage and screen star, and he is indisputably one of America’s most iconic performers.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Danza received a wrestling scholarship to the University of Dubuque in Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history education. Discovered at a boxing gymnasium in New York, Danza was ultimately cast in the critically acclaimed ABC series Taxi, earning him a place in television history. He followed Taxi with a starring role in the classic ABC comedy series Who’s the Boss?, which ran for eight seasons.

Eventually Mr. Danza explored his love for the stage, and among his many stage credits are his exciting run on Broadway in Mel Brooks’s hit musical The Producers, playing Max Bialystock (2006–2007), and his reprise of the role in the Las Vegas production at Paris Las Vegas (2007). For his theatrical debut in Wrong Turn at Lungfish (1993), he earned an Outer Critic’s Circle Award nomination. Other stage credits include the critically acclaimed The Iceman Cometh, opposite Kevin Spacey, Arthur Miller’s Tony Award–winning play A View from the Bridge, and I Remember You.

Among Danza’s previous television experience are his role as attorney Joe Celano on the CBS dramatic series Family Law (2000–2002), his Emmy-nominated performance on David E. Kelley’s award-winning series The Practice (1998), and ABC’s The Tony Danza Show, a talk show that was broadcast live in New York from 2004 to 2006. He also starred in and executive-produced the ABC comedy series Hudson Street, NBC’s The Tony Danza Show, and has hosted Saturday Night Live several times.

Amongst Danza’s big-screen credits are his roles in Walt Disney’s Angels in the Outfield, She’s Out of Control, The Hollywood Knights, and A Brooklyn State of Mind.

In 2009-2010, Mr. Danza took on his most challenging role yet—teaching tenth-grade English at Philadelphia’s Northeast High School. His amazing experience working as a real teacher was taped and aired on A&E in the form of the critically acclaimed seven-part documentary series entitled Teach. In September 2012, Crown Publishers (a division of Random House) released Tony’s book, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, a much buzzed about and critically acclaimed reflection of his experience teaching for a year. The book premiered on the New York Times Best Sellers list at number 16. The paperback edition will be available September 2013.

Danza’s next big-screen role will be playing Joseph Gordon Levitt’s father in Levitt’s much buzzed about directorial debut, entitled Don Jon. The film stars Levitt, Danza, Julianne Moore, and Scarlett Johansson.  The film opens on September 27, 2013, as Honeymoon in Vegas begins preview performances.

Honeymoon in Vegas features a cast of Broadway veterans and Paper Mill Playhouse favorites.  Rob McClure (Jack Singer) received 2013 Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle nominations, and won the TheatreWorld and Clive Barnes Awards for his performance as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin The Musical on Broadway.  Prior to that he charmed audience and critics alike with another title role, leading the cast of Where's Charley? at Encores.  A two-time Barrymore Award winner, McClure starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I'm Not Rappaport (direct from Paper Mill Playhouse) alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. McClure won a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award in 2000, participated in Paper Mill’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, appeared in the New Voices concert, served as a teaching artist for Paper Mill’s Arts Education programs, worked in the theater’s box office and appeared on the mainstage in I’m Not Rappaport and Carousel.  Brynn O'Malley (Betsy Nolan) made her Broadway debut as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and Beast and went on to play supporting roles in Wicked, Sunday in the Park with George and Hairspray. Most recently O’Malley appeared on the Broadway stage in the 2013 revival of Annie as Grace Farrell. Her other stage credits include Kate Monster in Las Vegas’ Avenue Q and Alice in Roundabout Theater Company’s Death Takes a Holiday. O’Malley’s television credits include The Big C, Royal Pains, A Gifted Man and Smash.  O’Malley received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis and Gabriella in Boeing-Boeing at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Tony nominated actress Nancy Opel makes her Paper Mill Playhouse debut portraying Bea Singer. Her recent credits include Broadway's Memphis, Paradise Found  (London) and Off Broadway's The Toxic Avenger  (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics and Lucille Lortel nominations). Her Broadway credits include Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown (Tony nomination), Triumph of Love , Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park with George, Evita and others. David Josefsberg returns to Paper Mill to play Tony Rocky/Roy Bacon following his critically acclaimed performance as Max in Lend Me a Tenor last season. On Broadway, Mr. Josefsberg appeared in Les Misérables, Grease and The Wedding Singer. Off Broadway Josefsberg appeared in Altar Boyz, Slut, and Rated P.  Matthew Saldivar will play Johnny Sandwich. Saldivar burst onto the Broadway scene with a lead role in the musical adaptation of the 1998 film The Wedding Singer. His other Broadway credits include Kenickie in Grease, Steve Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire and Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher.

Leading the ensemble is Catherine Ricafort as Mahi, and rounding out the cast are:  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.

Gary Griffin (Director) directed The Color Purple and The Apple Tree on Broadway. Off Broadway credits include: The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall); Lost in the Stars, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Pardon My English, The New Moon (Encores!); and Beautiful Thing (Cherry Lane Theatre). London credits include Pacific Overtures at the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Olivier nomination for Best Director).

Denis Jones (Choreographer) choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie, Damn Yankees, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Full Monty, High School Musical, and Meet Me in St. Louis at Paper Mill Playhouse. On Broadway, Jones choreographed Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Actors Fund), Legally Blonde (Associate Choreographer), A Wonderful Life and On the Twentieth Century.

Thomas Murray (Music Director) served as musical director for the Broadway productions of Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park With George.  Murray musically directed many premieres including: The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown), The Last Five Years (Chicago, New York, London), The Glorious Ones (Ahrens/Flaherty), Loving Repeating (Flaherty) and Saturday Night (US premiere).

Jason Robert Brown (Music and Lyrics) has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances.  Jason is the composer and lyricist of the musical The Last Five Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics. Jason won a 1999 Tony Award for his score to Parade, a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in December 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical. Jason’s first musical, Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, played Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in the fall of 1995, and has since been seen in more than 200 productions around the world. Jason’s musical 13, written with Dan Elish and directed by Todd Graff, premiered to rave reviews on Broadway in the spring of 2008. Jason’s songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been performed and recorded by Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Karen Akers, Renée Fleming, Philip Quast, Jon Hendricks and many others.

Andrew Bergman (Book and Film Screenwriter/Director) wrote the original screenplay, titled Tex X, that served as the basis for Mel Brooks's classic Blazing Saddles, and was among the co-writers who adapted it into its final state. Since then, he has written or co-written the cult classics The In-Laws, Fletch, and Soapdish; written and directed So Fine, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas and It Could Happen to You; written and produced Striptease with Demi Moore; and directed the Jacqueline Susann biopic Isn't She Great. He has written four novels: The Big Kiss-Off of 1944, Hollywood and LeVine, Tender Is LeVine, and Sleepless Nights. He also wrote the Broadway comedy Social Security and Working Title.

Don Sebesky (Orchestrations) has produced an enormous body of work, wide in scope, ranging from jazz (Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Wes Montgomery) to symphonic (Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony) to pop (Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Audra McDonald) to Broadway (Parade, The Will Rogers Follies, revivals of Flower Drum Song and Kiss Me, Kate). As a recording artist, and through his collaborations with other artists, he has received 31 Grammy nominations (three-time winner), three Tony nominations (winner, Kiss Me, Kate), two Drama Desk Awards, three Emmy nominations and four Clio Awards.

The Honeymoon in Vegas design team includes:
Anna Louizos (Scenic Design)  is best known for her Tony Award -nominated sets for the musicals In the Heights and High Fidelity, as well as the London, Broadway, Las Vegas, and touring productions of Avenue Q. Louizos is currently represented on Broadway with Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre. Louizos served as scenic designer for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Brian Hemesath (Costume Design) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse following critically acclaimed designs for Smokey Joe’s Café, Boeing-Boeing and Disney’s High School Musical. Hemesath serves as designer of CTW’s Sesame Street as well as SNL’s digital shorts and Halloween episodes of The Today Show.

Paul Miller (Lighting Design) provided lighting design for the Broadway productions of  Legally Blonde, Freshly Squeezed, Laughing Room Only; Lost in the Stars, Where’s Charley, Of Thee I Sing and Music in the Air (Encores). Television credits include Camelot (Lincoln Center), and the internationally televised New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square.  Miller served as lighting designer for Lost in Yonkers and Nutcracker at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Randy Hansen (Sound Design) serves as Paper Mill Playhouse’s resident sound designer. Over the past twenty-five years, Hansen has designed hundreds of musicals, plays, and live events all over the country.

Bettie O. Rogers (Hair and Wig Design) is an Emmy-nominated designer for her work on Saturday Night Live.  Ms. Rogers has provided hair and wig design for numerous Paper Mill Playhouse productions, most recently, Once On This Island.

The Production Stage Manager is Matthew DiCarlo (Broadway’s Rock of Ages).

Free Audience Enrichment Activities for Honeymoon in Vegas

Wed. October 2, 6:30pm, Art Gallery Director’s Viewpoint - Enjoy coffee on us as Director Gary Griffin discusses Honeymoon in Vegas.

Thurs. September 26, Thurs. October 3, Thurs. October 10, Thurs. October 17, 6:30pm, Mezzanine, Conversation Club - Learn more about the show you are about to see, led by members of Paper Mill’s Artistic and Education Departments.

Sat. October 19, Following Matinee, Orchestra, Q&A with the Cast - Meet the cast and ask actors questions about the show or the role they are portraying.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED to the in-studio Meet and Greet for Paper Mill’s world-premiere, Broadway-bound production of Honeymoon in Vegas 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 (The Last Five Years, Parade, 13) and book by Andrew Bergman (director and screenwriter of the film). Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct with original choreography by Denis Jones (Legally Blonde).  Honeymoon in Vegas will star television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza (Who's the Boss?, Taxi, The Producers, A View From The Bridge, The Iceman Cometh) as Tommy Korman, a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. Leading the company are Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin) as Jack Singer and Brynn O'Malley (Annie) as Betsy Nolan.  Full casting will be announced on Monday.

WHAT:  In-Studio, Meet and Greet with design presentation
WHEN: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 11:00am
WHERE:  Foxwoods Theatre Rehearsal Studio, 214 West 43rd Street, New York City
You must RSVP by noon on Monday (8/19) to attend. 
Hope to see you there!
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