Long John Silver's Broadway Bow Delayed; Treasure Island on Hold

News   Long John Silver's Broadway Bow Delayed; Treasure Island on Hold
 
The action-packed stage version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island that was aiming for Broadway's Belasco Theatre this summer has been postponed.
Treasure Island director B.H. Barry
Treasure Island director B.H. Barry

An August start was planned, but no dates were officially announced. A spokesman told Playbill.com June 12 that the goal is still a Broadway berth in the 2007-08 season. B.H. Barry was to direct his and Vernon Morris' Treasure Island, based on the classic 1883 coming-of-age adventure novel about buccaneers (including Long John Silver) and buried treasure.

Director Barry's fight direction/fight staging credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sly Fox and Kiss Me, Kate.

The 14-actor show's capitalization is at $3.5 million. Jonathan D. Moll is lead producer.

Casting has been ongoing. Casting calls prompted 2,500 submissions and 500 auditions so far.

Barry's Island has been seen in developmental regional productions in the past dozen years.

The Broadway production will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner Tony Straiges (Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods), costume design by 2007 Tony winner Catherine Zuber (The Coast of Utopia), lighting design by Stewart Wagner and special effects by Greg Meeh.

Another version of Treasure Island — penned by Jules Eckert Goodman — was previously seen on Broadway at the Punch and Judy Theatre in 1915. Charles Hopkins and Edward Emery directed.

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