‘Vacation’ Franchise Headed to Broadway


The Griswolds have tackled Walley World, Vegas, Europe and most challenging of all: having family over during the holidays. Their next adventure… Broadway?

Broadway producer Ken Davenport and Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records founder Kurt Deutsch have secured musical rights to the Vacation film franchise.

The Vacation franchise began in 1983 with National Lampoon’s Vacation, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

The production is currently titled Broadway Vacation and will follow the Griswolds as they touch down for the first time in the heart of New York City’s theater district.

“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,” Deutsch said in a statement. “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.”

“Both Kurt and I came of age on the Vacation films series and can’t wait to bring the Griswolds to Broadway,” Davenport said in a press release. “If audiences thought their cinematic misadventures were funny, wait till Clark and his family get to Times Square.”

There’s no further word on when the musical will open or who will be in the cast.

sources: Playbill, THR

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