San Fran tryout received mixed reviews
“The Mambo Kings” will not come to Broadway this summer, producers Daryl and Jordan Roth announced.
The new tuner, based on the 1992 film of the same name, was supposed to begins previews at the Broadway Theater on July 20 after its San Francisco tryout, which opened May 31.
That run received mixed reviews, and several well-known legiters were called in to make improvements. At one point, director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell, book writer David Ives and songwriter Jason Robert Brown were in talks to officially offer help.
“While we had pursued several incredibly talented people to join the team and help us realize the full potential of the show, it became apparent to us all that the production could not successfully go forward on the current schedule,” the producers said in a statement.
The mother-son producing team did not rule out the possibility of revisiting the tuner in the future.
Show’s original creative team consisted of Carlos Franzetti (composer), Arne Glimcher (director, lyricist and co-book writer) and Oscar Hijuelos (co-book writer and author of the original novel).