Tony Danza Is a Broadway Hoofer in ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’

Tony Danza shows off some mean tap skills in “Honeymoon in Vegas,” the Broadway musical that opened Jan. 15. What, you’re surprised Danza can tap? Don’t be. He’s been tapping since “Taxi.”

“I’m not bad for a white guy!” the actor cracked at the opening night party, held at the appropriately Vegas-y Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

Danza explained that one episode of “Taxi,” studded with fantasy sequences, required him (along with the rest of the cast) to come out in top hat and tails and dance. “We pretended to tap,” he recalled. “I was like, Okay, I gotta learn to do this for real!”

Danza puts his skills to use — and even some of the steps he learned from that first teacher — in “Honeymoon,” the first musical comedy from composer Jason Robert Brown, known for far more serious fare like “Parade,” “The Bridges of Madison County” and “The Last Years.”

“Comedy is really hard,” Brown said. “‘Honeymoon’ is the hardest thing I ever wrote. You can’t coast in comedy. You’ve got to get in a joke, and then another, or nobody knows it’s a comedy.”

Danza’s relishing playing that comedy. “I’m on Broadway in a show that people seem to really like,” he marveled. “It’s an amazing turn of events!”


Popular on Variety

More Legit

  • The Inheritance review

    'The Inheritance' Announces Broadway Cast

    After an Olivier-winning run in London, “The Inheritance” is gearing up for its Broadway debut. The two-part epic has set the cast for its transfer from the West End to the Great White Way. John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Andrew Burnap and Kyle Soller are among the cast members reprising their roles [...]

  • Patrick Page, Amber Grey, Eva Noblezada,

    'Hadestown' Announces 2020 National Tour

    ‘Hadestown’, the eight-time Tony award winning Broadway musical, is set for a national tour in 2020. The show will stop in more than 30 cities including Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and more. The musical is a stage adaptation of the Greek myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife [...]

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    Listen: Why Jake Gyllenhaal Is His 'Best Self' in the Theater

    Looking for the best possible version of Jake Gyllenhaal? You’ll find it onstage, according to the actor himself. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I am my best self when I’m working in the theater,” Gyllenhaal said on the latest episode Stagecraft, Variety’s theater podcast, on which he appeared with Carrie Cracknell, the director of [...]

  • Photo: Jeremy Daniel

    'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical' Gets Broadway Run

    “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” is Broadway bound. The musical adaptation of the franchise about a teenager who discovers he’s the son of Poseidon hits the Great White Way on Sept. 20 ahead of an Oct. 16 opening night. It comes on the heels of an extensive, nationwide tour that took the show [...]

  • Tom Sturridge Jake Gyllenhaal

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Celebrate 'Sea Wall/A Life' With Star-Studded Opening Night

    A star-studded audience looked on as Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge returned to the stage for their double monologue performance in “Sea Wall/A Life.” Theater-goers and celebs including Anne Hathaway, Tom Hiddleston and John Mulaney gathered in Manhattan’s Hudson Theatre for opening night, celebrating a show tackling grief, birth and death through the eyes of [...]

  • Bat Out of Hell review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Bat Out of Hell'

    No one has ever accused Jim Steinman of subtlety. The composer behind Meat Loaf’s 1977 “Bat Out of Hell” (more than 43 million albums sold worldwide) and 1993’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” (five and six times platinum in the UK and US) has forever trafficked in a boldly theatrical brand of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content