Goodman cancels ‘Boys’ premiere

Theater was to debut musical in June

The Goodman Theater has cancelled its planned premiere of the musical “The Boys Are Coming Home.”

Tuner, a version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” set post-WWII, was workshopped in 2006 at Northwestern U.’s American Musical Theater Project, where it was directed by Gary Griffin (“The Color Purple”). The score, from Leslie Arden (“The House of Martin Guerre”), received enthusiastic reviews from local press.

Goodman production, slated to open in June, was set to feature a new book by Rebecca Gilman (“Spinning Into Butter”). David Petrarca (“Fuddy Meers”) was tapped to direct, but pulled out due to scheduling conflicts. Goodman a.d. Robert Falls stepped into helm, but has now announced that the project will not go forward due to “irreconcilable artistic points of view among the key collaborators.”

A revival of the Fats Waller musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” originally planned for the theater’s second space, will move onto the Mainstage as a replacement.

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