Producers of Seussical, the new Dr. Seuss-inspired musical now in a tryout at Boston's Colonial Theatre, are looking to replace costume designer Catherine Zuber, perhaps with William Ivey Long, according to a production source.
A spokesman for the show confirmed Zuber (Tony Award nominated for Lincoln Center's Twelfth Night) is being replaced, but no one has been named to tackle the task of redesigning the costumes in time for the Oct. 15 first preview on Broadway. Zuber's work will be seen in Boston. The run there continues to Sept. 30.
Meanwhile, a source in the production said the producers are hoping for Long, the Tony Award-winning costume designer of Crazy For You and Nine. Long's work is currently seen on Broadway in The Music Man.
The Aug. 27 first preview of Seussical got a standing ovation and, observers told Playbill On-Line, the applause was so sustained after the group curtain call (the bows will be solidified and choreographed later) that the cast trickled back to the stage for a final makeshift bow.
Official Boston opening is Sept. 6. The show musical draws on characters and stories created by children's lit author Theodor Geisel (whose pen name was Dr. Seuss). Book is by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), who respectively also contribute music and lyrics. The show was conceived by Eric Idle and Ahrens and Flaherty. Frank Galati (Ragtime) directs, Kathleen Marshall (Kiss Me, Kate) choreographs. As is the case with any out of town musical, the creative team is in residence in Boston, making fixes, cuts, additions and refinements.
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