NEW YORK — The end came before the beginning for “The Jazz Singer.” The tuner, a new $8 million musical, was forced to pull the plug Friday after a roller coaster of financing woes, said co-producer Marvin Krauss.
Co-producer Hy Juter confirmed June 18 that “there were major problems with a major investor,” but the replacement financing was imminent. In the end, the $3 million of financing that evaporated could not be replaced, with a subsequent deal for replacement financing falling through Friday. The tuner had attached Gabrielle Barre to helm, with “The Life’s” Sam Harris cast as Al Jolson and TV and film actress Jean Louisa Kelly (“The Day Lincoln Was Shot”) cast as Ruby Keeler, Jolson’s third wife. The book had been written by Sherman Yellen, with music and lyrics by Will Holt.
There are no plans to resuscitate the tuner, Krauss confirmed.