Producers Ken Davenport and Kurt Deutsch are eyeing a Broadway musical version of the hit film franchise Vacation. The pair have optioned the musical rights to the franchise’s characters by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures to develop a new musical Broadway Vacation.
“Both Kurt and I came of age on the Vacation films series and can’t wait to bring the Griswolds to Broadway,” said Davenport. If audiences thought their cinematic misadventures were funny, wait till Clark and his family get to Times Square.”
The Griswolds first hit the screen over three decades ago in the classic comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation, starring Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in one of his most memorable screen roles, along with Bevery D’Angelo as his wife Ellen, and their bickering kids, Rusty and Audrey. The film was a major box office success and over the years spawned spinoffs in which the Griswolds went on a European Vacation, a Vegas Vacation and even a Christmas Vacation, becoming part of the cultural fabric. In 2015, New Line Cinema released Vacation, featuring the next generation of Griswolds.
““Millions of tourists come to New York for the first time every year and each one has a singular experience. The Griswolds’ maiden trip to the city will be no exception, though in this case, theirs is guaranteed to be outrageous, unique, hilarious – and well-choreographed,” added Deutsch. “While the characters are familiar, Broadway Vacation will take them on a completely original musical journey – and on a trip to New York that they will never forget.”