Cross one off the list of 2014-15 Broadway musicals: “The Heart of Robin Hood,” which had announced plans to begin performances at the Marquis Theater in March, will skip its planned New York opening in favor of sticking around for four more weeks in Toronto, where the production recently opened to strong reviews.
In a statement, producers attributed the switchup to the fact that the show would have to vacate the Marquis in late summer to make way for the venue’s next booking, the Emilio and Gloria Estefan musical “On Your Feet!”
“We now feel that ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ would be better served by a venue where we had the potential to play longer than our limited run,” said producer David Mirvish.
It seems likely producers also took note of the pileup of musicals hitting the Main Stem in the late spring, including “Fun Home,” “Finding Neverland,” “Living on Love,” “It Shoulda Been You” and “Doctor Zhivago.” In such a packed lineup, it could have proven a challenge for one more musical to carve out much of a profile either with audiences or with awards voters.
Directed by Gisli Orn Gardarsson, this acrobatics-filled production of playwright David Farr’s “Heart of Robin Hood” bowed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, played American Repertory Theater in 2013 and then went on to a run in Winnipeg late last year. The show, with original music by the band Parsonsfield, opened Jan. 15 in Toronto, where it’s been extended through March 29.
No details about a future Broadway run for “Heart of Robin Hood” have been set.