Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will be the guest conductor when London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s plays a concert staging of his musical Honeymoon in Vegas next month.
A patron of the LMTO, Brown will be the 30-strong orchestra’s first guest conductor when Honeymoon in Vegas receives its UK premiere at the London Palladium on 12 March.
With a book by Andrew Bergman, the writer and director of the original 1992 film which starred Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, the musical version of Honeymoon in Vegas had its world premiere in New Jersey in 2013 ahead of a Broadway run in 2015.
Brown, whose other hits include Parade and The Last Five Years, will bring his big band-flavoured score with the help of a host of West End stars and the orchestra which was founded by LMTO musical director Freddie Tapner and is produced and managed by United Theatrical.
Honeymoon in Vegas will follow on from the LMTO’s concert versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair and performances of Alan Menken’s musical A Christmas Carol.
LMTO has also announced its return to Cadogan Hall on 21 July with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide when Tapner will once again take up the baton.
First performed as an operetta on Broadway in 1956, Bernstein’s musical Candide is based on the satirical novella by Voltaire. Additional lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Bernstein himself. Orchestrations are by Bernstein who also provides narration for the concert version with John Wells.