In order to allow for a little more teching time, producers of Baz Luhrmann's Broadway re-imagining of La Bohème have moved the first preview from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29, at the Broadway Theatre. The change comes following a first week of the Oct. 1-Nov. 10 tryout in San Francisco that included longer-than expected scene changes. Luhrmann himself made curtain speeches to tell the audience he and his team were still trying to choreograph the scenery. The set issues are expected to be minimal at the Broadway, a spokesman said, because the New York stage is larger than the Curran's.
"Given the challenges of three principal casts performing in rotation," Luhrmann said in a statement, "we have learned in San Francisco that our performers deserve additional stage time and technical rehearsals prior to their first performances. The slight delay in our preview schedule will allow us to do our work."
The Puccini opera, as distilled through the imagination of Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin, still opens on Broadway, as previously announced, Dec. 8.