‘Mambo Kings’ steps to Broadway

'Buffalo,' 'Barefoot' meet with casting, sked probs

“The Mambo Kings” has landed the Broadway Theater, which “Bombay Dreams” will vacate Jan. 1.

The incoming tuner will open Aug. 18 at the 1,752-seat Broadway, with previews beginning July 18. Its pre-Gotham engagement will run May 24-June 19 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater.

A new musical, “Mambo Kings” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” by Oscar Hijuelos, and the Arne Glimcher-helmed film “The Mambo Kings.” The musical has a book by Hijuelos and Glimcher, music by Carlos Franzetti, lyrics by Glimcher and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Glimcher will direct.

Daryl Roth and Jordan Roth are producing.

Two fewer revivals

Revivals of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” and Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” won’t be seen on Broadway this season.

The productions’ respective producers report they plan to open the shows during the 2005-06 season. Casting and director skeds were cited as the reason for the postponements.

Even without “American Buffalo” and “Barefoot in the Park,” play revivals are plentiful on Broadway’s March-May roster. The spring lineup includes “The Glass Menagerie,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Julius Caesar,” “On Golden Pond,” “Steel Magnolias,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

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