Livent has sued the producers of the tour of the musical Annie for the advertising costs connected to the canceled Toronto stop of that show, said Variety. Annie was to have been the season opener at Livent's Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, but the tour's producers indefinitely postponed the engagement in mid-August.
The suit, which was filed Sept. 10, claims that Livent spent more that $150,000 on ads for Annie and now wants to be reimbursed to the tune of up to $200,000, according to Variety.
A call to the Livent's Toronto office was not returned. Molly Haden, a spokesperson for the Annie tour, told Playbill On-Line (Sept. 10) the producers of the musical had no comment on the suit. She said a scheduling conflict caused the cancellation of the Toronto dates but was uncertain as to the details surrounding the matter. Haden said (Sept. 9) the Toronto stop would be rescheduled and added that the tour was going forward, and no other road dates had been canceled.
Eleanor Goldhar, spokesman for the Ford Centre, said no other show would replace the postponed Annie booking, which was to play Sept. 9-20. All tickets to the musical's Toronto engagement have been refunded.
As in its 1997 Broadway incarnation, the touring show stars Conrad John Schuck as Daddy Warbucks and Brittny Kissinger as the title orphan. Sally Struthers ("All in the Family") is the evil Miss Hannigan, a role played by Nell Carter on Broadway. Martin Charnin directs.