Broadway Review: ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’

January 16, 2015 2:02 AM

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Broadway Review: ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’

“Honeymoon In Vegas” answers gloomy Gotham’s crying need for some good old lowbrow farce — the kind of show with silly songs, mindless physical comedy and towering showgirls in feather headdresses. Scribe Andrew Bergman has turned his not-quite-cult 1992 movie (with James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker) into a not-quite-knockout Broadway musical. But with catchy tunes and clever lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, sweet comic turns from Rob McClure and Tony Danza, and a bevy of Elvis impersonators, this brassy little show might brighten up this town over the winter.

That eloquent master of face-comedy, McClure (“Chaplin”), is terrific as sad-sack Jack Singer, a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn who’s keen to marry his girlfriend Betsy (Brynn O’Malley) but hasn’t the guts to defy the dying curse (“Never get married!”) of his mother, a tyrannical monster in Nancy Ope...

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