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Boston loses 2 plays, extends ‘Producers’

'Harvey' to NY; 'Plough' faced logistical problems

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Boston’s 2003-04 theater season has lost two of its previously announced attractions, the Broadway-bound revival of “Harvey” and the visiting Abbey Theater, Dublin, production of “The Plough and the Stars.”

On the plus side, the Boston run of “The Producers” for Broadway in Boston/Clear Channel Entertainment has already been extended and now will run June 17-Sept. 13 at the Colonial Theater.

The Mary Chase comedy “Harvey” was to have played Boston’s Shubert Theater Sept. 9-21 as part of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts’ season at the Wang and Shubert, following the revival’s initial July 8-Aug. 31 run at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, Calif. But Wang president Josiah Spaulding Jr. said the producers must take the show directly to New York from Laguna in order to secure the Broadway theater they want. Producer Don Gregory is not yet ready to announce which Broadway theater “Harvey” will play in or its New York dates.

Durning, Van Pattens in cast

Dick Cavett, who was tentatively announced as a “Harvey” cast member, is no longer in the cast. But Charles Durning remains as announced and has been joined by siblings Joyce and Dick Van Patten. Charles Nelson Reilly remains as director.

The Sean O’Casey classic “The Plough and the Stars” was to have played Boston’s Wilbur Theater next spring as part of Broadway in Boston/Clear Channel Entertainment’s season at its several Beantown theaters. But “due to logistical, physical and scheduling questions that could not be resolved,” it has been canceled. Broadway in Boston will continue to work with the Abbey Theater and hopes to bring another Abbey production to Boston at a later date.

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