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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.”
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.”