‘Mambo Kings’ fills its B’way dance card

New musical makes its way to the Shubert next summer

A correction was made to this article on Nov. 19, 2004.

The musical version of “The Mambo Kings” will open on Broadway Aug. 18 at a Shubert theater after a four-week engagement at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater.

Based on Oscar Hijuelos’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” the new musical will start previews in Gotham on July 18. It plays San Francisco May 24-June 19.

In a rare if not unprecedented move, a mother and son, Daryl Roth and Jordan Roth, join forces to bring the tuner to Broadway. By the time the show gets to Gotham, it is doubtful the duo will be producing it without some help.

“We will have other partners above the title,” said Jordan Roth, who put the capitalization at $12 million. His previous Broadway credit is producer of the 2002 revival of “The Rocky Horror Show.” Daryl Roth has been part of the producing team on several Broadway plays, including Pulitzer Prize winners “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” and “Anna in the Tropics.”

Arne Glimcher directed the 1989 film version of “The Mambo Kings,” which starred Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas as Cuban brothers trying to break into the Latin music scene. Glimcher is on board to repeat helmer duties on the tuner and also write the lyrics and co-write the book with Hijuelos.

Music and choreography are by Carlos Franzetti and Sergio Trujillo, respectively. Other creatives on the project are designers Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Ann Roth (costumes) and Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting. Musical direction is by Kevin Stites.

“Mambo Kings” had a workshop this summer. Jordan Roth said there would be no other presentations of the show prior to its San Francisco tryout.

He was also clear that alphabetical order had no role in determining which producer got first billing. “It was clear from the beginning that my mother would be first and we would share a line. We knew that instinctively,” he said.

‘Fool’ for fall 2006

The Roundabout Theater Company has pushed back its winter 2005 production of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” to the autumn. The postponement is due to scheduling conflicts with the director, Ed Harris, and the cast, which has not been announced.

“Twelve Angry Men,” the Roundabout’s current occupant at the American Airlines Theater, has been extended to Feb. 6, which will make it the longest-running show to play the venue under the auspices of the nonprofit org. According to a spokesman, a further extension of the jury-room drama has not been ruled out.

No show has been announced to replace “Fool for Love” on the theater’s sked.

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