Nerds, the new musical which was to bow on Broadway in less than a month’s time, has been postponed.
Playbill.com has confirmed the postponement, which was announced March 8—a few weeks shy of its April 1 start date at the Longacre Theatre. Starring Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Bryan Fenkart (Memphis) as tech giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, respectively, the new musical was to open April 21 as part of the 2015-16 Broadway season.
“On behalf of my fellow producers and investors, it is with great disappointment that we will be postponing the Broadway opening of nerds due to the loss of a major investor,” said producer Carl Levin in a statement. “We are grateful to the one-of-a-kind creative team and cast of this incredibly funny and heartwarming musical that audiences have so enthusiastically adored thus far and we look forward to nerds taking the country by storm.”
A national tour of the production is in the works, but a new Broadway timeline has not been announced.
The cast was to also feature Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones) as Sally, Lindsay Mendez (Dogfight, Wicked) as Myrtle, Benny Elledge (Chicago national tour) as Steve Wozniak, Rob Morrison (Avenue Q) as Paul Allen, and Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde) as Tom Watson; plus Tracee Beazer (Honeymoon in Vegas), Pierce Cassedy (Kinky Boots), Luther Creek (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Joshua Franklin (Ghost the Musical), Katie Lee Hill, Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes) and Bethany Moore (Pippin).
Shortly after the news was announced, the cast took to social media.
Casey Hushion was to make her directorial debut with the show, subtitled A Musical Dot-Comedy, with choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Josh Bergasse.
The musical, which received 2007 Barrymore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Original Music, features book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (co-creators of The Bomb-itty of Errors, Robot Chicken) and music by Hal Goldberg (The Children, Ma Vie En Rosewood).
Here's how it's billed: "Before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were the undisputed titans of technology, they were Nerds. Join America's favorite geeks—from garage inventors to Silicon Valley mega-billionaires—on a hilarious musical journey from the floppy disc era to the iPhone phenomenon." According to production notes, "Fittingly, the production will feature the most progressive technology seen on Broadway, including: on-stage holograms; projection mapping; and an enhanced theatergoing experience through app integrations that allow users to interact with the set and other audience members, choose the show’s ending, and more special features soon to be announced."
Nerds was scheduled to feature scenic design by Lee Savage (Ordinary Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin), costume design by Jennifer Caprio ( The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), lighting design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages , Hand to God) and sound design by Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton , Bright Star). Orchestrations are by Adam Blau (Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street), Matt Doebler is music director, and Nadia DiGiallonardo (Waitress, Pippin) is the music supervisor and arranger. Casting is by Bethany Knox (Hamilton, Something Rotten!), CSA of Telsey + Co.
Nerds was scheduled to be produced on Broadway by Carl Levin, Vicki Halmos, Elizabeth Williams, Greenleaf Productions and Clear Channel Spectacolor.