As soon as the overture began, I knew I was going to love Honeymoon In Vegas. Rather than the below-the-stage variety we’re so used to in Broadway productions, the orchestra actually slid out onto the stage–the musicians playing so lively and spirited, it was a mere introduction to what awaited. This show will have you saying that what happens in Vegas should certainly NOT stay in Vegas, it should come straight to Broadway!
Seriously, I think this one has staying power on the Great White Way, a hard thing to say about many shows these days.
The story goes like so: Jack is a Brooklynite with an extreme fear of marriage, thanks to the dying
wish curse of his mother that he should never get married, because what woman could possibly be as wonderful as she? When he finally gets up the nerve after 5 years to ask his girlfriend Betsy to marry him, they waste no time, jumping on the first plane out to the marriage capital of the world, you guessed it, Vegas!
Ahh, but never did the course of love run smoothly. Before the elopement, Jack ends up loosing a hefty hand at poker, and in turn commits his future bride to spend the weekend with smooth-talking gambler Tommy (played perfectly by Tony Danza of “Who’s the Boss?” fame), who falls head-over-heels for Betsy at first sight. From here, Jack must go to extreme heights to win back the love of his life.
Now, the story line had me scratching my head a bit…if my future hubby pimped me out for a $58,000 gambling debt, I can guarantee you the musical wouldn’t have ended the way it did! And yet…the show was positively brilliant, filled to the brim with deliciously memorable show tunes (I went right home and replayed every last one on my computer!), dazzling Vegas-inspired but Broadway-approved dance numbers, and the energy buzzing from the actors left me giddy even at 11pm on a Wednesday night as we got home from the theater. Which you know is saying a lot, as a night owl I’m not!
Honeymoon In Vegas is a dazzling ray of sunshine in an otherwise dismal NYC winter. Seriously, I think this one has staying power on the Great White Way, a hard thing to say about many shows these days. So do yourself a favor and scoop up a ticket sooner rather than later–you’ll be pleased you did once the Tony’s broadcast the show’s fabulousness, I promise.
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