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Steve Jobs-Bill Gates Musical ‘Nerds’ Nixes Broadway Run

“Nerds,” the long-aborning and much-delayed musical comedy about the rivalry of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, has hit another roadblock, cancelling a Broadway opening that had been scheduled for April.

The musical has been kicking around since it debuted at the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2005, and went on to play two runs at the Philadelphia Theater Company and then an outing at North Carolina Theater in 2013. Plans to give the show a further life have come and gone over the years, but it seemed as if the latest would materialize at last.

“On behalf of my fellow producers and investors, it is with great disappointment that we will be postponing the Broadway opening of ‘Nerds’ due to the loss of a major investor,” said producer Carl Levin (“Rock of Ages”) in a statement. Levin led a team of producers that included Elizabeth Williams, Greenleaf Productions and Clear Channel Spectacolor.

The show about tech titans Jobs and Gates was written by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (“Robot Chicken”) with music by Hal Goldberg. Casey Hushion, the associate resident director of “Aladdin,” was to direct, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse and additional choreography by Denis Jones. A national touring production of the show is in the works, according to producers.

The Broadway cancellation frees up the Longacre Theater, but this late in the game, it’s unlikely that another project could get moving in time to open there before the late-April cutoff date for Tony eligibility.

“Nerds” was already in rehearsal, with a cast that included Rory O’Malley, Lindsay Mendez and Patti Murin.

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