Just as in the movie biz, the best laid plans of Broadway producers often go awry.
Two of the Rialto season’s upcoming offerings have officially announced postponements, with revivals of play “For Colored Girls …,” produced by Whoopi Goldberg, and tuner “Brigadoon” delayed indefinitely.
Pair of shows join “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” the high-profile Broadway return of Harry Connick, Jr., in limbo. That musical’s sked is similarly up in the air following the departure of a team of producers and director Kathleen Marshall.
The situation makes it a bad time to be a Boston theatergoer. Both “Brigadoon” and “Nice Work” were skedded to try out at Beantown’s Colonial Theater as part of Broadway Across America’s programming there. Both runs have been scuttled.
Producers Goldberg (appearing on the Rialto in “Xanadu”) and DreamTeam Entertainment Group attribute the delay of Ntozake Shange’s 1976 play “For Colored Girls …” on the loss of one of the production’s important backers. Show was supposed to have begun previews at Circle in the Square Aug. 19 ahead of a Sept. 8 opening.
According to producers, R&B star India.Arie remains attached to topline the project, with Shirley Jo Finney directing and Hinton Battle choreographing.
Meanwhile, producers Ostar Prods. and Liza Lerner blame the “Brigadoon” pushback on theater gridlock, saying an appropriate Rialto venue could not be found.
That’s not surprising, given that the 2008-09 Broadway sked is unusually packed with large-scale potential crowd-pleasers including “Billy Elliot,” “Shrek the Musical,” “9 to 5,” “West Side Story” and “Guys and Dolls” — all hoping to occupy slices of Rialto real estate well into the future.
Rob Ashford, choreographer of “Cry-Baby” and “Curtains,” among others, was to have directed the revival of 1947 tuner “Brigadoon,” which has a revised book by John Guare paired with the original score by Alan Jay Lerner and Fredrick Loewe. Show had originally targeted a spring berth in Gotham.
Production teams for both “Brigadoon” and “For Colored Girls …” aim to announce new skeds at a later date.