Days before the start of previews for Groundhog Day on Broadway, composer Tim Minchin learned that the animated film musical Larrikins, on which he says he lavished four years of effort, has been canceled. So he announced plans to work out his frustration at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below nightclub with an impromptu solo concert, Tim Minchin: Getting Drunk and Playing Ballads, scheduled for March 6 at 9:30.
Here is a message he posted on his personal blog:
I’ve recently been working in 3 different continents, missing my kids a lot, sleeping too little and not playing piano enough.
And then a couple of days ago, the animated film to which I’ve dedicated the last 4 years of my life was shut down by the new studio execs.
The only way I know how to deal with my impotent fury and sadness is to subject members of the public to the spectacle of me getting drunk and playing ballads.
I suspect I won’t be very funny, I won’t be doing any stand-up, and I might act a bit bitter and spoilt. On the upside, the tickets are as cheap as I could make them, and I might be tempted to buy a round.
Come and drink with me, my friends, and we’ll see what happens.
Although the concert is already sold out, Minchin tweeted that more concerts will be scheduled at dates to be announced:
Ah man. Sorry to those who didn't get tickets for 54 below tomorrow night. I promise I'll do more in the next couple of months.— Tim Minchin (@timminchin) March 5, 2017
Minchin directed and wrote songs for the Dreamworks film Larrikins, which was to have featured Australian stars Hugh Jackman, along with Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne, and Ben Mendelsohn. The movie had been scheduled for release in February 2018.
Minchin was not blamed for the cancellation. The Australian news website news.com.au reported that the cancellation was linked with with Comcast Corporation’s acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, and the expense of producing and marketing the film.
Playbill first reported on the project in 2013.