'Honeymoon' laffer recast as tuner

Dan Farah of Farah Films has teamed with Hammerstein Prods. and producer Roy Gabay to develop New Line Cinema’s 1992 comedy “Honeymoon in Vegas” as a Broadway musical.

Project was quietly workshopped in Gotham throughout October, culminating in several private presentations for investors. Producers are weighing several offers from various financiers in the Broadway and Hollywood communities with an eye toward premiering next spring.

Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight, Broadway favorite Mary Faber (“American Idiot”) and Tony Danza take over the roles played in the film by Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan.

“Vegas” writer-director Andrew Bergman adapted his original screenplay, while the music and lyrics were written by Jason Robert Brown (“Parade”). The show will be directed by Gary Griffin (“The Color Purple.”)

Story follows an engaged couple who get mixed up with a seasoned gambler (Danza). After the man (Knight) loses a big bet to the gambler, his fiancee (Faber) is forced to spend the weekend with the poker pro. When the man tries to get her back, he discovers that the gambler has fled Vegas with his fiancee in tow.

The rest of the cast includes nominee Nancy Opel (“Urine-town”), Deborah Lew (“South Pacific”), Alvin Ing (“Pacific Overtures”), John Conlee (“The Full Monty”) and Faber’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” co-star Rob Bartlett.

“Vegas” marks Farah’s expansion into the world of staged entertainment, which has proved a successful move for several movie producers including Marc Platt (“Wicked”) and Prospect Pictures (“Rock of Ages”), as well as Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“Book of Mormon”).

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