August Wilson’s new play “Gem of the Ocean,” which was scheduled to begin previews Thursday, has delayed its start until Nov. 16 while the producers scramble to find replacement funds.
The arrival on Broadway of the latest work by Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson has been in doubt since last week, when a major investor pulled out of the $2 million project.
The role of Ben Mordecai, the long-time producer of Wilson’s plays on Broadway, has been marginalized in the project. Jujamcyn and Araca Group remain on board as producers and are searching for investors who can fill the $1 million hole in the play’s capitalization.
A source close to the show confirmed earlier reports that producers reached out to Sean Combs, who co-starred with “Gem” cast member Phylicia Rashad in “A Raisin in the Sun,” helmed by “Gem” director Kenny Leon.
Though tickets are on sale for preview perfs beginning Nov. 16, a new opening night date has not yet been announced. Set has not been loaded in to the Walter Kerr Theater, and the marquee is not up.
Play ended its pre-Broadway run Saturday at Boston’s Huntington Theater Company.