Friday, July 09, 2010

Unchain My Heart Gets Unchained From Fall Schedule

Unchain My Heart Gets Unchained From Fall Schedule

Has Unchain My Heart, a new musical about the legendary Ray Charles, been told, "Hit the Road, Jack?"

The previously "confirmed" tuner is now officially off Broadway's fall schedule and without a home due to "logistical" reasons. Given the lackluster box office Ethel Barrymore Theatre's current occupant has had (as well as its own previously announced August 21 closing date), a new extension certainly doesn't seem in the cards. You have to wonder what's on their minds right now as it certainly isn't Georgia.

Unchain My Heart had been to begin scheduled previews at the Broadway's Barrymore on October 8. But as with so many other shows, this one is now singing the "Driftin' Blues" on a "Lonely Avenue" as it postpones its turn until Spring 2011 at a "Shubert theatre to be announced."

According to Playbill, the principals in the Unchain My Heart cast are "expected to stay" with Unchain My Heart. Helmed by Sheldon Epps, the musical with book by Suzan-Lori Parks is to feature Brandon Victor Dixon portraying Charles singing his classic tunes.

As previously noted here, there are no guarantees any "confirmed" show will ultimately open, yet at least when it has a venue and firm dates, it seems like a sure bet. But with this news, we must now place Unchain My Heart into the "definitely maybe" category instead.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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