Hurricane Frances Has East Coast of Florida Scrambling, and Theatres Shutting Down

News   Hurricane Frances Has East Coast of Florida Scrambling, and Theatres Shutting Down Hurricane Frances, a menacing storm heading toward Palm Beach, Florida, for landfall sometime Sept. 3, has forced businesses to close and residents to flee — and at least one show has shut down early.

The cast of Heaven Help Us! The Swingin' New Rat Pack Musical "will be hopping planes almost a week early and heading to Denver," according to Denver Center Attractions, which was scheduled to host the show following its run at Florida Stage in Palm Beach. The world premiere stagings of the fanciful new musical closed Sept. 1 — four days and six performances earlier than planned.

The move to close the Florida run was made late in the day Sept. 1 "as weather watchers predicted that Frances' arrival was certain for Florida's east coast within days."

Following Wednesday night's closing performance, props, set pieces and costumes were loaded onto a truck which left for Denver the morning of Sept. 2. The majority of The Buell Theatre set for the show is being built locally in Denver — land-locked, a mile high and far away from the hurricane and all things tropical. (Indeed, a dusting of snow is not uncommon for Denver in October.)

Actors and other company are expected to be arriving in Denver shortly. All but one in the cast continues to Denver. The run in Denver plays Sept. 14-Oct. 3.

Ticket holders to other shows in cities on the East Coast of Florida Sept. 2-4 should contact point of purchase to check the status of the performance schedule. *

Heaven Help Us! "is a singin', swingin', homage to the days of highballs and high rollers," billed as "heaven on earth in Vegas as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. get sent back to the land of the living with one chance to correct a 30-year-old white lie."

For information about the Denver run, call (303) 893 4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.