CHICAGO — Out on the legit road sans her Captain, Toni Tennille has hit a speed bump on her quest to make it to Broadway.
The Chicago stop on the Tennille-topped “Victor/Victoria” tour was abruptly canceled Monday due to poor ticket sales. Chi-based presenter Jam Theatricals will be taking a financial bath.
Instead of opening as planned at the Chicago Theatre on Oct. 6, the Ken Gentry-produced tour will now skip a week and move directly from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Pittsburgh.
A spokesperson for the tour insists that the Chi snub is an aberration, resulting from this market being previously saturated by eight pre-Broadway weeks of the original production starring Julie Andrews.
“The show was overbooked the first time around,” says the spokesperson. “And we fell short of box-office expectations again.”
Paychecks all around
Despite the week of darkness, actors and crew will not be laid off and can expect full paychecks. The show has previously made decent grosses in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Portland, Ore. There are more than 40 cities on the future slate.
Tennille, who has been working tirelessly to promote the show, has been getting decent reviews so far for her work as the androgynous lead in this new version of the Blake Edwards tuner. But even if Chi had more than its fill of the musical the first time around, the unexpected cancellation of such a major market is bound to cast doubts on the box-office power of this MOR veteran’s first-time headlining of touring legit.