Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ironic: Catching Neil Simon Theatre 'Cause It Could

Ironic: Catching Neil Simon Theatre 'Cause It Could


Hopes for bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies to Broadway this theatrical season appear deader than a doornail with yesterday's confirmation that the musical version of Catch Me If You Can is bumping the beleagured tuner from its previously announced berth at the Neil Simon Theatre.

As if it weren't bad enough that Love Never Dies director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell already jumped ship for what they certainly must hope is smoother sailing with their other more promising project -- you guessed it -- Catch Me If You Can -- the irony of the Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman/Terrence McNally musical capturing Love Never Dies' place at the Simon Theatre must add insult to injury for Sir ALW. One can only imagine the intrigue that's taken place behind the scenes. (UPDATE: Producers for Love Never Dies announced on October 1, 2010, that the show would not be mounted on Broadway during the 2010-11 Theatrical Season.)

For composers Shaiman and Witttman, this will mark a homecoming of sorts as their only other full-fledged Broadway musical -- the Tony Award-winning Hairspray -- occupied the Neil Simon for six and a half enormously successful years. If Catch Me If You Can catches on with critics and audiences, it'll become the first regular show to have succeeded since their earlier work closed at the beginning of last year.

While casting has yet to be announced, such acclaimed Broadway draws as Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat and Kerry Butler starred in the out-of-town tryout in Seattle last summer. I know I'm not alone in hoping each of these talented actors can be caught yet again to reprise their roles on the Main Stem.

Previews for Catch Me If You Can are scheduled to begin March 7, 2010, and open April 10.

As for Andrew Lloyd Webber? Well, perhaps he'll think twice about never saying never when naming a musical.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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