Broadway production room It has been postponed indefinitely.
He said the production, which was in rehearsals, with Adrian Warren in the lead, would not go forward due to “lack of capitalization” and the withdrawal of a lead producer. The production, which was scheduled to begin performances April 3, 2023 at the James Earl Jones Theatre, has closed as of Thursday.
“In the midst of our rehearsals, one of our lead producers informed us that, for personal reasons, they did not intend to honor their production commitments. Since being notified, the rest of the producing team have exhausted all possible avenues to keep the show on track, producer Hunter Arnold said in the press release. But the tight timeline and economic deficit caused by this series of events cannot be overcome.” . “We are very disappointed that we were not able to open this wonderful production at this time and are especially sad for our incredibly talented cast and creative team who have worked so hard in the rehearsal room.”
A source close to the production confirmed that the closure was due to a producer pulling out and a funding gap, and not due to any funding issues related to the Sunday closure of Signature Bank, which works with several Broadway productions. However, the source said that the seizure of the bank by the supervisory authorities led to some delay in knowing the availability of funds this week.
Production was to be capitalized to as much as $7 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The piece was adapted for the stage by Emma Donoghue, who wrote the original novel and the Academy Award-nominated screenplay. The stage production features songs and music by Scottish songwriters Catherine Joseph and Cora Bisset, who have also been selected as directors. It had its world premiere in 2017 at the Theater Royal Stratford East in London and has had subsequent productions in Ireland, Scotland and Ontario.
Ephraim Sykes (HamiltonAnd Not Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations) is also set to star in the Broadway production, along with Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy), in a team of 10.
We were honored to share a story room Since its world premiere in 2017 in London and subsequent productions in Dublin, Scotland and Ontario. We really believe that today’s disappointing news will not be the end room said producers Sam Ullian and James Youborne.
All tickets purchased will be refunded.
It’s rare, but not without precedent, for a Broadway production to close before it even begins performances. in recent history, Nerds, a musical about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, closed during rehearsals in 2016, after the production also cited the loss of a “major investor”. This later led to a $6 million lawsuit by the investors against the two major producers. The lawsuit was dismissed in October 2020.
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