Houston & Seattle Will Wait `Til `98 For Andrews In Vic/Vic

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Julie Andrews will be taking several more weeks to rest up after throat surgery, so once again, the dates for regional performances of Victor/Victoria have been postponed.

Julie Andrews will be taking several more weeks to rest up after throat surgery, so once again, the dates for regional performances of Victor/Victoria have been postponed.

The actress was originally scheduled to start previews in Vic/Vic Aug. 26 at Houston's Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) that was later changed to October dates at Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre and then Nov. 25-Dec. 21 in Houston. As of Sept. 29, the new Vic/Vic dates are:
Feb. 3-March 8, 1998: Seattle
April 1-30, 1998: Houston

Asked about Andrews' current health, Vic/Vic producer Tony Adams told Playbill On-Line (Oct. 6), "She's doing great. This extra time will allow her to fully recuperate. She does vocal therapy three times a week."

Said Kent Kahle, Board chair of TUTS, (Oct. 2) "Victor/Victoria is an important new production...that will mark Julie Andrews' Houston debut... We have waited years for this musical theatre legend to thrill Houston audiences, and another five months will only add to the anticipation."

Both the Seattle and Houston theatre schedules were shuffled to accommodate the last-minute changes. Seattle's season will now be: Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (Nov. 28-Dec. 21); Vic/Vic (Feb. 3-March 8, 1998); Hot Shoe Shuffle (March 31-April 19, 1998) and Easter Parade (dates TBA). TUTS will run Makin' Whoopee! Oct. 30-Nov. 16; then Oliver!, Dec. 4-21; Gigi Jan. 16-Feb. 1, 1998; Hot Shoe Shuffle, March 6-22, 1998; Vic/Vic April 1 30, 1998; and Zorro: The Musical, May 15-31, 1998. Previously, a production spokesperson had told Playbill On-Line (Aug. 11), "Julie had throat surgery and hasn't healed as quickly as she thought," forcing the second postponement of a production originally scheduled for May, 1997.

Andrews' health problems, which caused her to miss many performances during the original 1995-1997 Broadway run, are at the center of a lawsuit brought by the Broadway producers against an insurance company.

--By Laura MacDonald and David Lefkowitz

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