Back in the Saddle: Urban Cowboy Resumes, Nixes March 12 Matinee

News   Back in the Saddle: Urban Cowboy Resumes, Nixes March 12 Matinee The cast of the new Broadway musical Urban Cowboy will be back in the saddle for the March 11 performance. The production will, however, not perform the March 12 matinee as to "catch up on rehearsals and add a new song," according to a production spokesperson.

The opening is still set for March 27 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Also still scheduled to perform their number "Boots Scootin' Boogie" live on NBC's "The Today Show" March 14, the ensemble will be accompanied by live music as they dance it up outside at Rockefeller Plaza. The musical number will air in the last half hour of the broadcast, 8:30-9 AM (ET).

Broadway's newest hunk Matt Cavenaugh and his love interest Jenn Colella — who play the lead roles of Bud and Sissy (John Travolta and Debra Winger in the movie) — will head up the entire company in the tune made famous by country artists Brooks & Dunn.

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Lonny Price (A Class Act) directs Urban Cowboy with choreography by Melinda Roy. Aaron Latham, who co-wrote the original screenplay for the movie that starred John Travolta and Debra Winger, shares credit for the book of Urban Cowboy with the late Phillip Oesterman. Chase Mishkin and Leonard Soloway produce. The new musical features an eclectic collection of old and new music. Popular country music by Shania Twain, Clint Black and Brooks & Dunn will be interpolated among songs from the movie — including the signature "Lookin' For Love" — as well as original works by Jeff Blumenkrantz, Bob Stillman and the production's musical director-conductor Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years.)

The show stars newcomer Cavenaugh as Bud, who gets seduced by the barflies in and around a honky-tonk Texas bar named Gilley's, where a mechanical bull is the center of attention. Colella is Sissy, his love interest. The cast also features Leo Burmester, Marcus Chait, Sally Mayes, Rozz Morehead and Jodi Stevens along with Michael Balderrama, Mark Bove, Gerrard Carter, Nicole Foret, Justin Greer, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Michelle Kittrell, Brian Letendre, Barrett Martin, Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Tera-Lee Pollin, Chad L. Schiro, Kelleia Sheerin and Paula Wise.

Tickets to Urban Cowboy at Broadway's Broadhurst, 234 West 44 St., can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.