During Pre-Broadway Changes, Charlie Brown Loses Backer

News   During Pre-Broadway Changes, Charlie Brown Loses Backer
 
Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) has dropped out of funding the Broadway-bound revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The move leaves Fox Theatricals, Gene Perrson and Arthur Whitelaw to finance the estimated $3 million cost of the show -- with Variety reporting CAMI's initial share at $1.5 million.

Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) has dropped out of funding the Broadway-bound revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The move leaves Fox Theatricals, Gene Perrson and Arthur Whitelaw to finance the estimated $3 million cost of the show -- with Variety reporting CAMI's initial share at $1.5 million. The financial problems seemed to have occurred during the show's pre Broadway tour, specifically during the mid-December dates in Detroit while the show was going through numerous changes including the addition of two new songs (by outside composer Andrew Lippa) .

The show is currently on the last leg of its tour, at St. Louis' Fox Theatre through Jan. 3, before making its Broadway bow. The tour was originally slated for a Boston try-out after the Fox, but canceled those dates in mid December due to director Michael Mayer's commitment to his other upcoming Broadway revival, Lion in Winter at the Roundabout.

Because of the cancellation of the Boston dates, the show's Broadway opening was moved up to Feb. 4 (a week earlier than expected), with previews still slated to begin Jan. 23, 1999.

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