Roundabout way to B’way for ‘Syracuse’

Co.'s first musical at refurbished venue

Todd Haimes, artistic director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, confirmed that the Rodgers & Hart musical “Boys From Syracuse” would complete the company’s 2001-2002 season at its American Airlines Theatre.

Productions of “Major Barbara” and “The Women” had previously been announced for the company’s Broadway venue. It marks the first time that the Roundabout has staged a musical at the renamed and radically refurbished theater on 42nd Street.

Haimes made the announcement Monday night at a benefit in honor of Stephen Sondheim after a special performance of the composer-lyricist’s “Follies,” which the Roundabout revived this season. The company will give Sondheim’s “Assassins” its Broadway premiere in November at the Booth Theater.

Scott Ellis, Roundabout’s associate artistic director, will helm the revival of “Boys From Syracuse” in spring 2002, Rodgers’ centennial year. Ellis is currently represented on Broadway with “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

First produced on Broadway in 1938, “Boys From Syracuse” ran for 235 performances. It was successfully revived Off Broadway during the 1962-63 season, and was presented at City Centers’ Encores! in May 1997.

The Roundabout production will be its first revival on Broadway. The tuner is based on Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” with a book by George Abbott, the show’s original producer.