West End Theatre Guide London
Honeymoon in Vegas is a musical comedy by Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman adapted from Bergman’s 1992 film starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas Cage. It tells the story of Jack Singer and his girlfriend of five years, Betsy Nolan, who have decided to marry in Vegas, despite Jack having promised his dying mother he’d never marry, but chaos ensues when Jack loses $58,000 in a poker game to Tommy Korman, a professional gambler who has decided he wants Betsy for himself because she reminds him of his late-wife.
The musical debuted on Broadway in November 2014 but closed a few months later despite critical acclaim. It made its West End debut in a one-off concert production by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra at the London Palladium with a star-studded cast.
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (founded by Freddie Tapner) had been keen to take on Honeymoon In Vegas ever since its Broadway debut, and welcomed Jason Robert Brown to conduct a full orchestra to his own musical score for a one-night-only extravaganza.
The “love triangle” cast included: Arthur Darvill (Treasure Island, Once, Our Boys) as Jack, who excelled in the role, opening the show with ‘I Love Betsy’; Samantha Barks (The Last Five Years, Oliver!, Les Miserables (film)) as Betsy, whose vocals were outstanding, particularly with ‘Betsy’s Getting Married’; and Maxwell Caulfield (Guys and Dolls, Singin’ In The Rain, Chicago) as Tommy, who gave an excellent performance of ‘Out Of The Sun’.
Rosemary Ashe (Sister Act, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) gave a hilarious performance as Jack’s mother, Bea. Simon Lipkin’s (Guys and Dolls, Miss Atomic Bomb, The Lorax) jazzy showman’s rendition of ‘When You Say Vegas’ was fantastic, and his Elvis-inspired ‘Higher Love’ was one of the highlights of the show. Maisey Bawden (Little Shop of Horrors, 27, Sound of Musical Live (TV)) was hysterical as Mahi, particularly with ‘Friki-Friki’.
Honeymoon In Vegas in concert with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra was a fabulous, special production with an incredibly talented cast and musicians.