Time And Again, a new musical that was bound for Broadway but slowed down by mixed reviews of its preview production at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre never made it to Broadway in 1996-97 and is unlikely to arrive in the 1997-98 season. Press representative John Wimbs told Playbill On-Line (June 6) that the project was not completely dead, but that the show was still being reworked, and that the Richard Frankel producing office had no further news on the show's status. Little has happened, therefore, since Oct. 1996 -- when the project first hit its Broadway snag. At the time, the producers (Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel, Thomas Viertel, Jujamcyn Theatres, Charles Kelman Productions, Margo Lion, Elizabeth Williams, Simone Genatt and Marc Routh) were planning another workshop and looking towards a fall `97 Broadway opening.
Reached by phone at the time, Baruch told Playbill On-Line that the show is in "a period of not trying to pin things down; we don't want the pressure of setting dates and then disappointing people when we can't stick to them." Baruch did confirm that the Old Globe cast members -- including Rebecca Luker -- have gone their separate ways due to scheduling conflicts and that the show has no current currently attached.
The producers are, indeed, busy with other projects, including Broadway's revival of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Jack Viertel wrote the book for Time And Again; Walter Edgar Kennon penned the music and lyrics. The show is based on a time-travel novel by Jack Finney.
-- By David Lefkowitz