It was the first show of the 1997-98 Broadway season, and it has lasted far longer than many productions that came after it, but Luis Bravo's Latin music/dance revue Forever Tango will dance away Aug. 1, closing after 4 previews and 453 regular performances.
In happier news, Forever Tango is currently in the midst of a 15 city tour spanning North America, with 12 U.S. dates, two stops in Canada and one in Mexico. The Far East is also mentioned as a pending venue for the tour. The itinerary is subject to change and includes the following performance venues:
July 28-August 2: Auditorium Theatre; Denver
August 4-9: TBA; Portland, OR
August 11-16: TBA; San Jose, CA
September 8-13: TBA, Seattle
One fly in the ointment, though: in Los Angeles, a complaint was recently filed by a New York entertainment lawyer, alleging copyright infringement for the use of three songs in the Forever Tango revue.
Wallace Collins, representing Italian music publisher PaganMusic, filed the complaint against Luis Bravo, Jujamcyn Theaters and the other producers of the hit Broadway play about the evolution of the tango. The complaint was filed in New York Federal Court, and alleges copyright infringement for the songs "Libertango," "Adios Nonino" and "Finale." A temporary restraining order was requested, as well as an injunction against any more performances. Collins reportedly is seeking more than $1 million for his client from the New York production as well as touring productions in the United States.
For tickets and information on Forever Tango at the Marquis Theatre in NY, call (212) 307-4100. Despite the intense demand for Marquis-size Broadway theatres this summer, no production has yet booked the space, according to a spokesperson for the League of American Theatres and Producers.