After its out-of-town tryout in Seattle, the musical — "inspired by Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and transplanted to the Wild West shortly after the Civil War" — was scheduled to begin previews at Broadway's Belasco Theatre Nov. 1 and officially open Dec. 3. That run has been canceled, according to an announcement, which also states, "Upcoming plans for the production will be announced when they are available."
The New York run would have marked the Broadway debut of screen actor Randy Quaid in the role of Colonel John Falstaff. The Seattle cast also includes Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Dee Hoty (Will Rogers Follies) and Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot) as well as Clarke Thorell (Hairspray), Ramona Keller (Smokey Joe's Café), Drew McVety (Spamalot), Dan Sharkey (The Music Man), Kara Lindsay, Nick Sullivan (Footloose) and Brandon Williams (Off-Broadway run of Lone Star Love).
The ensemble comprises Stacey Harris, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Ryan Murray, Monica Patton, Miguel A. Romero, Chad Seib, Jeremy Benton, Anne Horak, Kristie Dale Sanders and Tony Lawson.
Red Clay Ramblers Chris Frank and Jack Herrick lead an onstage band, which also includes Sam Bardfeld, Gary Bristol, Shannon Ford and Emily Mikesell.
Randy Skinner (42nd Street) directs and choreographs the musical conceived by John L. Haber with a book by Haber and Robert Horn and a score by Red Clay Rambler Jack Herrick. John Rando (Urinetown) serves as creative supervisor for the production. The design team for Lone Star Love includes Derek McLane (set), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Ken Billington and Paul Miller (lighting), Tom Morse (sound) with Tom Watson (hair/wig). Herrick also serves as musical director with Ken Lundie as associate musical director.
The musical was previously presented by Amas Musical Theatre in a limited Off-Broadway run at the John Houseman Theatre with Michael Bogdanov directing and Skinner choreographing. Jay O. Sanders, who can be seen in the Broadway revival of Pygmalion, starred in the Falstaff role.
Lone Star Love was to be produced on Broadway by Avenue A Productions, Roger Berlind, Robert Boyett Theatricals, Edmund and Eleanor Burke, Rusty and Susan Carter, Jon and Jeanne Cutler, Daisy Theatricals, and Michael Speyer/Bernard Abrams.
Tickets to Lone Star Love, at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA, are available by calling (206) 625-1900, (toll free) at (888) 5TH 4TIX or online at 5thavenue.org.