Ride of Fame placed Tony Danza’s mug and an ad for his current Broadway musical, “Honeymoon in Vegas,” on a doubledecker bus in New York City, and Tony was on hand to dedicate the bus on December 1, 2014.
Tony said that appearing on Broadway and receiving the Ride of Fame honor are dreams come true for a guy from Brooklyn who was a garbage man’s son. When they unveiled his picture on the bus, he covered his face and laughed. Then, he had a great time talking with fans and posing for photos.
The event concluded with a ride from Pier 78 to Bryant Park, as Tony had his photo taken with fans and waved to people on the street who caught sight of him on the upper deck of the bus.
In “Honeymoon in Vegas,” a new musical with a score by Jason Robert Brown, Tony plays the role played by James Caan in the film, which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicholas Cage. In the laugh-out-loud funny Broadway version, those roles are played by Brynn O’Malley (who was most recently in “Annie” on Broadway) and Rob McClure (who most recently played the title role of Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin” on Broadway).
In the story, a man who is squeamish about getting married (because his deceased mother said she would curse him if he ever got married) finally agrees to take his fiance to Vegas for their nuptials. The woman looks so much like Tony’s character’s late wife that he sets his sights on her in less than scrupulous ways … and, as they say, hilarity ensues, complete with a group of skydiving Elvis impersonators.
The show is currently in previews at the Nederlander Theatre and will officially open on January 15, 2015. The soundtrack is already available.
Tony is also in a new film called “Aftermath,” which is currently playing in New York and set to open in Los Angeles on December 5. It’s most notable for being the late Chris Penn’s last performance and also stars Anthony Michael Hall.
Past Ride of Fame honorees have included Liza Minnelli, Cyndi Lauper, Patrick Stewart, Marc Anthony, Bernadette Peters, Reggie Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Richard Dreyfuss.
Below is a clip from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance by Tony and the cast of “Honeymoon in Vegas.”