Jane Eyre's long, tortured road to Broadway just got a little longer. A spokesperson for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre (TRT), which was to present the U.S. return of the musical in September 1998, told Playbill On-Line (July 1) the production has been postponed. The Paul Gordon musical, based on Charlotte Bronte's novel of the same name, may be rescheduled for the spring, though TRT general manager Jennifer Orth said nothing was definite at this point.
"There has been some adjustment in the producing end of the project in New York," said Orth, explaining the reasons behind the delay. "The production team is in flux."
Jane Eyre had been announced to run at TNT Sept. 16-Oct. 3. John Caird, who piloted the production when it played the Wichita (KS) Center for the Performing Arts in December 1995 and the Royal Alexandra in Toronto in late 1996, will co-direct with Scott Schwartz. Orth said (Jun. 5) the Tennessee production was intended for Broadway but that no specific time had been set.
Marla Schaffel and Mary Stout, who previously played the title role and Mrs. Fairfax, respectively, had been named to repeat their roles at TNT. However, when asked if the postponement would effect their casting, Orth said that, technically, there was no definite casting in place.
John Napier (Sunset Boulevard) designed the Toronto set; Adreane Neofitou (Miss Saigon) was the costume designer; Chris Parry (Tommy) manned the lighting design; and Tom Clark (Seven Guitars) was sound designer. The choreography was by Kelly Robinson.