‘Honeymooners’ Musical to Premiere Next Year

HONEYMOONERS

Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton will belt out the big notes when “The Honeymooners,” the new musical based on the hit 1950s TV series, premieres at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., next fall with a commercial producer already attached.

The musical was originally slated to bow at San Diego’s Old Globe last year but was cancelled at the last minute due to what the theater called a “conflict with artist schedules.” Actor Michael McGrath and director Jerry Mitchell had been attached to that production.

The new incarnation of the tuner, which runs Sept. 18-Nov. 29, 2015, will be helmed by Tony winner John Rando, currently represented on Broadway with the well-received revival of “On the Town.” “Honeymooners” has a book co-written by Dusty Kay, a supervising producer of “Entourage,” and TV writer-producer Bill Nuss, with music by Stephen Weiner and lyrics by Peter Mills, who previously collaborated on Off Broadway comedy “Iron Curtain.”

At Goodspeed, “Honeymooners” is presented in association with Jeffrey Finn Prods. (“Seminar,” “Scandalous”) and under a license from CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Created by series star Jackie Gleason, “The Honeymooners” began as a sketch on Gleason’s “Cavalcade of Stars” in 1951 and became a series in 1955. In the 1960s Gleason revived the characters for segments in his variety series, adding musical numbers.

Goodspeed is currently producing the premiere of “Holiday Inn” in association with Universal Stage Prods. Also on the theater’s lineup for 2015 is Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls” (April 10-June 20) helmed by Don Stephenson, the son-in-law of the composer’s daughter Emily Loesser. Broadway actor Stephenson recently directed the Lincoln Center concert of “Titanic.”

On tap for summer is Jerry Herman’s “La Cage Aux Folles,” running June 26-Sept. 6 and helmed by Rob Ruggiero, whose Goodspeed credits include “Carousel,” “”Camelot,” “Show Boat” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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  1. John Ganci says:

    My name is John Ganci and I have been playing Ralph Kramden in my own musical dinner theatre version of THE HONEYMOONERS for over 15 years- with a copyright for material with the Library of Congress. There is NO ONE short of Jackie Gleason,himself who should be playing this role but me.
    Please look at my Youtubes under my name John Ganci to see appearances on The NBC TODAY show as well as the WB11 Morning News as Ralph Kramden, celebrity weather man. I am also a professional singer, who not only sings in my show, but has written musical parody numbers that appear in my show.
    I was approached by an infomercial agency to portray Ralph Kramden as their representative on a series of infomercials. I went to CBS for permission and was denied because I was told ( this is back in 2011) that a broadway show was in the works. They also said they would forward my information onto the “producers” for consideration for the role of Ralph in the production. I am sure it was never done.Now,3 years later this is happening.
    I would like some help here from Variety.

  2. Justin Smallbridge says:

    Ralph’s last name is Kramden. With a K. Thank you.

    • Vic T says:

      John , I’ve also injected a little Ralph into most of my performances . You and your buddy Leccesse are top notch, I tip my racoon cap to you. Woo woo .

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