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'Honeymooners' gets musical treatment

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Honey Mooners
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One of these days, Alice… Pow! Right to the theater!

A musical adaptation of classic sitcom The Honeymooners is coming to San Diego. The Old Globe announced today that this new production will kick off its 2013-2014 season, beginning previews Sept. 8 and running through Oct. 27.

The story will follow Ralph and his friend Ed — a role originated by Art Carney — as they pursue careers on Madison Avenue after winning a jingle contest. If the musical itself finds similar success, a Broadway transfer could be in its future — shows including The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels were first performed at the Old Globe before moving to Manhattan.

Tony Award winner Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It) will star as henpecked bus driver Ralph Kramden, a role made immortal by Jackie Gleason; no additional casting has been announced yet. The production will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde), with music by Stephen Weiner, lyrics by Peter Mills, and a book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss.

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