The course of “Lone Star Love” never did run smooth.
Shakespeare-in-Texas tuner “Love” is Broadway-bound no more, canceling its fall engagement at the Rialto’s Belasco Theater. Show finishes out its current Seattle tryout Sept. 30.
Producers of “Lone Star Love,” including Edmund and Eleanor Burke, Roger Berlind (“Curtains”) and Robert Boyett Theatricals, offered no official reason for the cancellation, although the production had already been dogged by reports of friction between producers and star Randy Quaid and his manager-wife.
Seattle reviews were mixed at best. All of them questioned whether Broadway-sized ambitions were appropriate for the bluegrass-tinged tuner, which critics felt would likely play better if it focused on its downhome charms in a more intimate venue.
An adaptation of the Bard’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” that updates the setting to post-Civil War Texas, “Lone Star Love” started out as a play in the 1970s, was turned into a musical in 1988 at Houston’s Alley Theater, and was retooled for an Off Broadway run in 2004. John L. Haber conceived and co-wrote the book (with Robert Horn), while Jack Herrick (of the band Red Clay Ramblers, who appear in the show) provides the score.
Seattle production stars Quaid, Robert Cuccioli, Lauren Kennedy and Dee Hoty, among others. Randy Skinner directs and choreographs.
With a reported capitalization of $6.5 million, some of which can be returned to investors with the sudden elimination of most Gotham costs, “Love” was to have opened at the Belasco Dec. 3.
The dropout leaves just two new musicals, both behemoths, on the fall slate of the Rialto: “Young Frankenstein” (opening Nov. 8) and “The Little Mermaid” (opening Dec. 6).