Jo, Interrupted: Little Women Tour Will Debut Sept. 2 Following Backstage Fire

News   Jo, Interrupted: Little Women Tour Will Debut Sept. 2 Following Backstage Fire An Aug. 18 stage fire at The Civic Theatre in San Diego did more damage to the touring set of Little Women - The Musical than originally thought, prompting a three-day delay of the tour's launch there.

Instead of a first performance of Tuesday Aug. 30, the staging starring Maureen McGovern, recreating her Broadway role of Marmee, will debut Sept. 2 at 7:30 PM at the Civic. Remaining performances are still set for Sept. 3 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM, and Sept. 4 at 1 PM & 6 PM.

Three performances (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) have been cancelled for the San Diego engagement. The tour then goes out into the world for a 31-city journey, boasting a score by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein that has heroine Jo March grabbing at life's "astonishing" possibilities, despite the heartache along the way. Allan Knee penned the libretto and Susan Schulman directs.

"Hundreds of people worked behind the scenes to restore the Civic Theatre and Little Women to 'performance readiness'," said Joe Kobryner, Broadway/San Diego general manager, in a statement. "They worked diligently around-the-clock to try and meet the original Aug. 30 opening, but ran out of time. It was important to the producers of the show, and to us, that our patrons see this beautifully realized national tour production, rather than a compromised version."

All tickets for the performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday may be exchanged for performances on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Visit www.broadwaysd.com for further information.

"I can't express my appreciation enough to all of the people who made a tremendous effort so that our audiences would still have the first opportunity to see this splendidly staged musical version of the Louisa May Alcott classic," Kobryner said. "I hope our patrons affected by this delayed opening will take the opportunity to attend one of the weekend performances, and understand the extraordinary circumstances that have allowed this to happen."

From Left: Maureen McGovern, Renee Brna and Kate Fisher in rehearsal for the national tour of <i>Little Women</i>
From Left: Maureen McGovern, Renee Brna and Kate Fisher in rehearsal for the national tour of Little Women Photo by Aubrey Reuben
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