‘Seussical’ surgery

Producers order fix-it job after mixed reviews

Who said play doctors were extinct?

Rob Marshall is currently performing surgery on “Seussical,” which opened to decidedly mixed reviews in Boston earlier this month. The musical’s producers recently pushed back the first New York preview performance three days to Oct. 18. Opening date remains Nov. 9 at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

Frank Galati and Kathleen Marshall are still on board as director and choreographer, respectively. The two Marshalls are brother and sister.

Rob Marshall choreographed and co-directed, with Sam Mendes, the current Broadway revival of “Cabaret.” Nearly three weeks ago, he won an Emmy for his direction of ABC/Disney’s “Annie.” The director-choreographer also helmed the network’s “Cinderella,” with Whitney Houston. Other Broadway credits include “Little Me,” which he directed and choreographed, and “Damn Yankees,” which he choreographed.

From ‘Skull’ to ‘Assassins’

Elsewhere on the Gotham stage, Martin McDonagh’s “The Skull of Connemara” comes to the Roundabout’s Gramercy Theater in February. It completes McDonagh’s Leenane trilogy, which includes “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” and “The Lonesome West.”

Roundabout’s June slot at the Gramercy Theater remains open. Stephen Sondheim fans had hoped for “Assassins,” which is skedded for after Labor Day at a Roundabout theater. Sondheim and John Weidman are not radically reworking the piece, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 1991. “Stephen added a song for the London premiere,” said Weidman, the book writer. “And I’ve reordered the sequence of events in one scene. That’s about it.” Joe Mantello directs.

For his first season with the Encores! series, artistic director Jack Viertel is looking at “Connecticut Yankee,” “Bloomer Girl” and “Hair,” which also gets a gala presentation at L.A.’s Reprise! in the spring.

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