The Elliott Gould and Mariette Hartley revival of IraLevin's thriller, Deathtrap, currently on tour through April 1997, and perhaps beyond that, will not come to Broadway as originally anticipated.
Production spokesperson Joyce Friedmann, speaking from California where the show opens tonight, Dec. 17, told Playbill On-Line the reason Deathtrap won't be coming to New York is the lack of an available Broadway theatre. "Spaces are really tight, and we just kept getting pushed down the list."
This production of the wry 1978 mystery is directed by John Tillinger, who is artistic associate at Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut.
Upcoming stops on the Deathtrap tour are:
Terrace, Long Beach, CA (Dec. 17-Dec. 22)
Jones Hall, Houston, TX (Dec. 24-Dec. 29)
Victoria, Dayton, OH (Dec. 31-Jan. 5, 1997)
Saenger, New Orleans (Jan. 7-Jan. 12)
Majestic, Dallas (Jan. 14-Jan. 19)
Nashville Performing Arts Center (Jan. 21-Jan. 26)
Devos, Grand Rapids, MI (Jan. 28-Jan. 29)
Hershey, Hershey, PA (Jan. 31-Feb. 2)
Mahaffey, St. Petersburg, FL (Feb. 4-Feb.7)
Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium, Canada (Feb. 18-Feb. 20)
Saskatchewan Centre Of The Arts, Regina, Canada (Feb. 21-Feb. 23)
Paramount, Seattle (Feb. 25-March 9)
Civic Center Theatre, Portland, OR (March 11-March 16)
Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (March 25-March 30)
Proctors, Schenectady, NY (Apr. 1-Apr. 3)
Dupont Playhouse, Wilmington, DE (Apr. 8-Apr. 13).
The original 1978 production of Deathtrap became--after Life with Father, Tobacco Road and Abie's Irish Rose--Broadway's fourth longest-running non-musical.
--By David Lefkowitz