The Mark Taper Forum's revamp of Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together, starring favorite TV funny-woman, Carol Burnett, has changed its dates to accommodate a recent cast change. The CA show was supposed to begin previews Oct. 4 but will instead start Oct. 8, according to a Taper spokesperson (reached Oct. 2). The show will now open Oct. 25 (instead of Oct. 22) and run to Dec. 6 (instead of Nov. 29).
Burnett headlines the all-star cast of the Sondheim revue, other cast members include Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love ), John Barrowman, Bronson Pinchot (Zoya's Apartment, "TV's "Perfect Strangers" )and the recently added John McCook (who replaced Michael Nouri). A pianist, conductor, as well as actor, McCook previously appeared with Burnett in Carol Burnett, From the Top at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera.
The score of Putting It Together originally consisted of songs from Sondheim's stage musicals and the "Dick Tracy" movie score, but the new version will include previously unheard material, said a Taper company spokesperson.
A Variety report (July 31) that Cameron Mackintosh is already planning a Broadway transfer of the show in 1999 was called "not only premature, but just not true" by New York press agents at the Publicity Office.
"Mackintosh retains rights to the material, and he is somewhat involved in the L.A. production," said spokesperson Bob Fennell, "but what happens beyond that, no one knows." Eric D. Schaeffer, who has directed several Sondheim musicals at the Signature Theatre in VA, will direct, with musical staging by Bob Avian, who choreographed the MTC production.
For tickets for the Taper's revamp of Sondheim's Putting It Together, Oct. 8-Nov. 29, or for more information call (213) 628 2772.