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‘Unchain’ delays Broadway opening

While 'Scottsboro' secure most of its cast

Ray Charles tuner “Unchain My Heart” has pushed its Broadway opening back from the fall to the spring, while the Rialto staging of “The Scottsboro Boys” — the former star of which, Brandon Victor Dixon, will topline “Unchain” — has confirmed the majority of its Main Stem cast, including Dixon’s replacement.

“Unchain” producer Stuart Benjamin attributed the move to general production logistics. The sked shift frees up the Barrymore Theater, where “Unchain” was previously set to open Nov. 7; show will now open in spring 2011 at a Shubert house to be determined.

Cast, led by Dixon and Nikki Renee Daniels, is expected to remain attached despite the delay.

Meanwhile, the role Dixon played in the Off Broadway incarnation of Kander and Ebb tuner “Scottsboro” will now be filled by Joshua Henry, currently on the boards in “American Idiot.”

Several thesps, including Colman Domingo and Sharon Washington, will reprise the roles they played Off Broadway, first at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, where the Kander and Ebb musical will have a run that begins later this month, and then on the Main Stem.

A couple of parts, including a central “interlocutor” character, have yet to be cast for Broadway. John Cullum played the Interlocutor in the Off Broadway incarnation and David Anthony Brinkley will take on the role in Minneapolis.

“Scottsboro” begins previews Oct. 7 ahead of an Oct. 31 opening at the Lyceum Theater. New spring opening date for “Unchain” remains up in the air.

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