Economic Fears Scuttle Broadway Plan for By Jeeves

News   Economic Fears Scuttle Broadway Plan for By Jeeves Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves, announced for an October 28 opening at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, has been "indefinitely postponed" due to economic fears in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Manhattan, the producer announced Sept. 18.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves, announced for an October 28 opening at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, has been "indefinitely postponed" due to economic fears in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Manhattan, the producer announced Sept. 18. Producer Michael P. Price, executive director of Goodspeed Musicals, said the attack on the World Trade Center caused two primary investors to withdraw from the P.G. Wodehouse-inspired musical comedy by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn. The show is "indefinitely postponed," Price said, although observers say getting the artists and company lined up again anytime soon would be a chore. There have been Broadway hopes for By Jeeves for five years.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attack on New York City, four shows announced they will close by Sept. 23. Box offices were bruised Sept. 11-16, as tourists and local theatregoers stayed away from Broadway and Off-Broadway after two jets were crashed into the World Trade Center, causing the destruction of both towers and resulting in the loss or deaths of more than 5,400 people.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New York and all of the victims and families who have been affected by this tragedy," Price said.