Review: Honeymoon in Vegas
I would like to begin by noting to my audience that all thoughts and findings, perhaps even suggestions, are purely my own and are not paid for by the production, staff, cast, or the sponsor(s) of show seen and reviewed.
I’m not going to lie… I did not enjoy this show in Act I. It moved very slow and I wasn’t enthralled with the dynamics in the actors relationships or overall concept that drove the plot. I say drive but really it plodded along, dependent on the songs. Let me tell you about those songs though; oh my god, what harmony and melody.
The best part of a musical may, in fact, not be the music, I hold the expectation to be completely enthralled with the acting, dancing, staging, and story. Musicals shouldn’t be supported by their sound; and the definitely shouldn’t be dependent upon singer(s). I don’t know if it was improper casting but I feel some talent was underutilized, other talent was overused, and some were frightened of possibly upstaging their leading peers. This production was a quandary of moments and events that left me with more questions after than I did before the show started.
Now, for those casted of which I am friends with, I want to be especially honest, I wouldn’t say the following if it weren’t true–they know that and I hope you know that as my readers. My one friend is beyond talented–funnier (even moreso than me), intuitive, and ambitious. It hurts me when they are cast in ensemble roles and even more so when I see they aren’t provided an opportunity to act the fullest of their abilities on stage. However, in this production they were afforded several opportunities across the night. Paired with a partner or trio–they shined; for the first time, I saw everything on stage that I saw buried in past productions.
So the casting wasn’t all bad, was it? No. I think it’s hard for any actor to manage singing, dancing, and acting but this show seemed especially difficult to balance for the individuals. The plot was complex and warped in Act I–you really had to pay attention to understand every one’s roles and their place in the ever changing scenes. And like in most musicals, everything was resolved about 5 minutes before the finale.
I want to put a good portion of the blame on the quick pace and changes of the show, I honestly think it would have been a better show if it slowed down to enjoy and revel in its own comedy. I don’t think that this particular production is at fault, I actually believe it’s roots are in the original writers.
When you try to change a movie into a musical, it isn’t always a golden result like Momma Mia! Look out for my next review coming in June, ’til next time.