“Sideman” will not be sidelined.
Instead, the new Warren Leight-penned play on Broadway at the Roundabout has found a home at the Shubert’s John Golden Theater. Its time at the Roundabout is up Sunday, and the search for another home has been on for weeks. Insiders were speculating that the hit ironically might need to close for the interim.
“Getting the right theater is always a nail-biter, you never want to close, you never want to slow down momentum,” said co-producer Peter Manning.
As it is, “Sideman” will close for three weeks, but will open at the Golden in mid-October, according to Manning.
The play, directed by Michael Mayer, centers on a son’s musings about his father’s lifelong obsession with jazz and the ruinous and poignant effect it had on marriage, children and relationships.
“Sideman” bowed March 3 and ran Off Broadway through April 10 at the CSC Theater. Todd Haimes, the Roundabout’s artistic director, approached its producers about a Broadway transfer in late April, and the play ran at the Roundabout’s Criterion Center Stage Right beginning June 3.
“Sideman” is being produced by Manning, Weissberger Theater Group’s Jay Harris, Ron Kastner, and James Cushing. General management is being handled by Roy Gabay.
Both Leight, and Mayer are repped by the William Morris Agency’s theatrical topman, George Lane.