Though Dionne Warwick's recent solo concert in the Berkshires was titled "I Won't Stop Now," the show did stop and take a breather. Originally planned for Broadway in Jan-Feb 1999, the show will instead arrive September 1999, according to spokesperson Angelo Ellerbee, president of Double Xxposure Publicity (reached Dec. 1).
Oct. 22-25, producer James L. Nederlander presented a try-out of Dionne Sings Dionne: "I Won't Stop Now" at the Berkshire Festival in Stockbridge, MA. Reviewers were strong, Ellerbee told Playbill On-Line, but the show still needed "more time for production. It was going too fast."
Back in May, the NY Daily News had reported that Warwick was seeking backers to produce a musical about her life. "I want to tell my story, my heritage, using the music that has been an integral part of my life," she said.
Warwick's concert features such hits as "Walk On By," "That's What Friends Are For," "Say A Little Prayer" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" Warwick told the News in May that songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David would help out on the show. Christopher Renshaw, who directed High Society and The King and I, directs.
Pop and gospel singer Warwick reached stardom in the 1970s and is recently best known for hosting television infomercials for The Psychic Friends Network. Oddly enough, Warwick's show wasn't the first Bacharach/David revue to hit a delay on the way to Broadway. What The World Needs Now stalled at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre last year, rather than making an intended Broadway transfer to the Roundabout. There was also talk of a commercial run for Encores! acclaimed concert staging of Promises Promises (starring Martin Short), but that didn't happen either. (Short is currently in the Roundabout's Little Me).
Bacharach's latest project was a CD cowritten and performed with Elvis Costello.
-- By David Lefkowitz