Producers cite crowded season as reason for shift
Producers of the Broadway revival of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” have scuttled plans to open in the spring.“With the crowded landscape on Broadway this season, we all agreed that the wise choice was to proceed with a new opening date,” said producer Abby Lee in a statement. Lee and her producing team of David B. Brode, Lee Seymour, Alec Seymour and Suzanne and Michael H. Moskow are mostly new to the Main Stem, though exec producer Tom Viertel (“A Little Night Music,” “Gypsy”) is an industry vet. Production of the small-scale 1982 tuner — which revolves around the music made by a quartet of men who work at a gas station and the two women who work at a nearby diner — would have been helmed by John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd”) with a cast that included “American Idol” alum Bo Bice. Opening had been inked in for April 8. No timeline for a reskedded production has yet been set. Nixing of “Pump Boys” leaves Broadway’s Circle in the Square available for a tenant this spring, although it seems doubtful that any waiting show could mobilize in time to get up and running before the Tony deadline in late April.
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