Incoming tuner “Vanities” has postponed its Broadway run, with producers citing the tough economy as the reason for the delay.
“The production is being rescheduled for later this season out of responsibility to the investors at this complicated economic time, which makes it very hard to support a new musical on Broadway,” lead producer Sue Frost said in a statement.
Postponement is the latest shift in a season rendered increasingly unstable by the faltering economy.
This summer saw five shows yanked from the Rialto sked, with producers of two of them — revivals of “Godspell” and “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” — placing the blame on skittish investors.
And while the weeks after New Year’s traditionally bring the closing of several productions that hold out just long enough to take advantage of holiday biz, January looks particularly chilly. “Hairspray,” “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” “Grease,” “Spring Awakening,” “13” and “Boeing-Boeing” all will shutter next month.
The pushback of “Vanities,” which had a cast of just three, draws attention to the fact that even smaller-scale musicals are experiencing difficulties coming together when investors are increasingly wary and post-holiday ticket sales remain uncertain.
“Vanities” had been set to begin perfs at the Lyceum Theater Feb. 2 ahead of a Feb. 26 opening. That start date would have had the show kicking off during weeks that are usually part of the annual winter slowdown.
If the show does indeed materialize later in the spring — potentially in a different theater — that would put the tuner in a stronger position to take advantage of accelerating springtime sales.
Based on the 1976 play by Jack Heifner, the show follows the friendship of three women from the 1960s to the 1980s. Heifner pens the book for the tuner, which has music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum.
Judith Ivey helms a cast that includes Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles and Anneliese van der Pol.
Show is produced by Junkyard Dog Prods., of which Frost is a partner, and Bartner/Jenkins Entertainment in association with Demos Bizar Entertainment.