Cross one show off the long list of Broadway productions opening this spring: Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” has scuttled its upcoming run after a major investor fell out.
Producers Aldo Scrofani (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) and Heather Provost (“Reasons to Be Pretty”) said they aimed to get the show on the boards next season.
Production of the play, which LaBute also would have directed, was to star Dane Cook, Julia Stiles, Josh Hamilton and Heather Jane Rolff. Show had been skedded to open April 12 ahead of an April 26 opening at the Belasco Theater.
It’s not the first time a LaBute show has experienced a commercial struggle on the Main Stem. The new hurdle for “Pig” comes in the wake of the short-lived run of the scribe’s “Reasons to Be Pretty,” a 2009 transfer to the Main Stem of a well-received Off Broadway staging.
The dropout of an investor can prove a tough obstacle to overcome. A Whoopi Goldberg-produced revival of “For Colored Girls …,” for instance, never materialized after an investor dropped out and a 2008 run was aborted.
“Fat Pig” had its Gotham bow in an Off Broadway staging in 2004. Latest from the scribe, “In a Forest Dark and Deep,” opened earlier this week in the West End in a LaBute-helmed world preem starring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams.