A production spokesperson confirmed that Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes made the announcement at the ceremony in which Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the key to Studio 54 to the non-profit. Haimes said in the past that the still-running revival of Cabaret would play until fall 2003 and close to make way for the John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim musical.
The Weidman-Sondheim musical was slated to be revived for its Broadway premiere by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2001, but was postponed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Douglas Sills, Neil Patrick Harris, Denis O'Hare, Raul Esparza, John Dossett and Mario Cantone were the among the names set to star in the Roundabout revival. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out), who was to helm that staging, is still on board to direct.
The musical, which debuted at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in 1990, centers on nine presidential assassins and would-be assassins. The original cast featured Jace Alexander as Lee Harvey Oswald, Patrick Cassidy as Balladeer, Victor Garber as John Wilkes Booth, Greg Germann as John Hinckley, Anne Golden as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Lyn Greene as Emma Goldman, Jonathan Hadary as Charles Guiteau, Eddie Korbich as Guiseppe Zangara, Terrence Mann as Leon Czolgosz, Debra Monk as Sara Jane Moore and Lee Wilkof as Samuel Byck. The original Off-Broadway staging lasted 71 performances.