Broadway-aimed tuner “Angels” has scuttled its out-of-town tryout in Shreveport, La., this summer, citing the inability to perfect the show’s technical requirements in time for a run that would have begun in late August.
Producers still hope to bring the musical to the Rialto, although plans are up in the air.
“The entire team remains committed to the production,” said Marcus Cheong, a producer and also the co-writer of the show’s book and lyrics.
Originally capitalized at around $14.5 million, “Angels” made news last month by announcing a run at Shreveport’s Strand Theater that would have made the tuner the first legit production to benefit from Louisiana tax credits similar to those offered producers of films (Daily Variety, July 9).
Under Louisiana Act 482, about 25% of coin spent in the state, plus all trucking costs, would have been eligible for credits. Cheong said it remains unclear how the loss of those credits would affect the production’s books.
Musical, with music by Ken Lai (who co-wrote the book and lyrics with Cheong), centers on an angel whose ambitious nature is exploited by the devil. Robert Cuccioli (“Jekyll & Hyde”) and Jessica Grove were announced to lead a cast directed by Rich Fowler.
Technically ambitious tuner aims to incorporate a significant amount of aerial work and flying effects. Production was originally announced for the 2008-09 Broadway season.