‘Honeymooners’ Musical to Skip Connecticut Tryout

Commercial producers of the brewing musical adaptation of “The Honeymooners” have yanked the show from its scheduled world premiere as part of the 2015-16 season at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Musicals.

Goodspeed and producer Jeffrey Finn presented an industry workshop of the show in New York in November. According to the theater, Goodspeed was subsequently told the show was ready for Broadway.

“We’re not making an official announcement at this time, but we’re very excited about the future prospects following the November workshop,” said a representative for Finn (“Seminar,” upcoming Jim Parsons vehicle “An Act of God”).

In the current economics of the theater industry, nonprofit regional theaters and commercial producers have become habitual bedfellows in the development of new musicals, with the nonprofits securing pre-Broadway musical offerings to attract and sustain subscribers and producers cushioning the costs of a large-scale project with the not-for-profit infrastructure of the partner theater.

The Goodspeed switchup marks the second time “Honeymooners” has dropped out of a nonprofit season, with an earlier 2013 bow at San Diego’s Old Globe scuttled as well, a development officially attributed at the time to conflicts with artists’ schedules. More recently, incoming Broadway musical “Something Rotten!” opted to forego a planned Seattle premiere in favor of jumping straight into the available St. James Theater, where the show opens in April.

Such changes usually leave a nonprofit in the lurch, with a big hole to fill in its schedule. Goodspeed, though, is keeping mum about any disappointment, and has pulled together a new production of Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo’s musical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” running Sept. 18-Nov. 29.

Director John Rando and choreographer Josh Bergasse (both alumni of “On the Town”) are attached to stage “Honeymooners,” which has a book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss and songs by composer Stephen Weiner and lyricist Peter Mills. No casting has been set; the November workshop starred Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria, Megan Hilty and Leslie Kritzer.


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