Call it the "Never Say Die" syndrome for Broadway's It Ain't Nothing but the Blues -- first, the revue had its production number cut from the Tony Award broadcast on June 6, then co-creator and Tony nominated star Ron Taylor had a stroke on June 11, and is currently being replaced by Ken Page . But after string initial reviews and a post-Tony boost in attendance, the show has announced a move from Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theatre (at Lincoln Center) to The Ambassador, with an Ambassador opening slated for Sept. 8.
A production spokesperson confirmed the move to Playbill On-Line July 2, adding that Taylor is expected back in the show for the fall move, with a return date scheduled for July 27. Ken Page began his stint filling in for Taylor on July 1.
Page, who appeared in Broadway's Cats, Ain't Misbehavin' and The Wiz, will sing Blues to July 25.
Taylor's understudy, C.E. Smith has gone on in his absence. Taylor's songs in the show include "Blues Man," "Let The Good Times Roll," "The Thrill Is Gone" and the physically-taxing show-stopper, "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man."
Page's fellow cast members are "Mississippi" Charles Bevel, Gretha Boston, Carter Clavert, Eloise Laws, Gregory Porter and Dan Wheetman. For tickets to Blues, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Sean McGrath