It's Opening Night! The 2016 Season at the Ritz Theatre in Haddon Township kicked off with 9 to 5: The Musical based on the 1980 film of the same name starring LGBT ally Dolly Parton and her music. Yes, it's been 36 years since the movie came out and the story line is still as appropriate and funny as ever.
No, it isn't a revival of an old Broadway hit. Neither is it a hot property from London's West End being transferred to The States. "Honeymoon in Vegas" is that rarest of rare things, an original musical written by Americans starring American actors, and it's headed for Broadway after its short run at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn. These days, that's a novelty.
If Tennessee Williams had written his character, Big Daddy, as a Sicilian, and placed the action of that play during his funeral, you only begin to get the story line of "My Big, Gay, Italian Funeral" playing at the Saint Luke's Theatre at 308 West 46th Street in New York City. Like an episode of "The Bob Newhart Show" gone haywire because of its move to Sicily, or a Sicilian "You Can't Take it with You," we are bombarded by outrageous characters acting out, acting up, and freaking out before our eyes, only to be out done by the next arriving ethnic cliché.