Perhaps America’s most beloved — and hilarious — holiday movie is about to hit a favorite outdoor theater for a live-action adaptation. Theater Under the Stars has announced the launch of The Griswolds Broadway Vacation, The Musicalwhich will run from October 25 to November 6 before heading to Broadway later.
Based on characters from Warner Bros. Vacation franchise – think of Griswold’s crazed father Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold), dreamy (and eye-rolling) mother Beverly D’Angelo and those hapless Griswold kids – the musical promises the beautifully hideous family station wagon (the Truckster ) and memorable moments from the movies.
TUTS joins Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater (September 10-October 1) as a test stage market for the musical before it hits New York stages.
“I couldn’t think of a better place for the Griswolds to begin their journey on Broadway than Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, and drawing inspiration from this adventurous team, continuing the developmental journey at Houston’s Theater Under the Stars,” said show producer Ken Davenport in a statement. “Can’t wait to throw our bags in the family truck and drive away!”
TUTS Artistic Director Dan Knechtges added, “We’re thrilled to be part of the team bringing this new musical to life and sharing it with our audience before sending it to Broadway!”
Let’s hope for a live rendition of “Holiday Road,” down to applause-worthy dog barking. Stay up to date on the musical here.