The problem arose as both shows had logged their Broadway opening nights, as standard procedure, with the League of American Theaters and Producers. No two Broadway shows are allowed to share a date.
The Yasmina Reza play, which will reside in the Circle in the Square, is said to have posted first, however without the theatre — a spokesperson cited they were waiting for the Circle's current tenant Metamorphoses to announce its closing.
However, the movie-turned-musical had posted its opening date with the Broadhurst Theatre before plans for Life x 3 were annouced. Production spokesperson Pete Sanders told Playbill On-Line the show had booked March 20 in December 2002, but when the Into The Woods load-out looked to take longer than expected, they immediately rescheduled and announced for March 27 in January. Previews begin for the new tuner with music by Jason Robert Brown Feb. 27.
League spokesperson Patricia Haubner was quoted as saying "We expect a resolution no later than next week."
March 27 is a Thursday. Broadway shows like to open on Thursdays to ensure reviews will appear in the well-read Friday newspapers. Every Thursday from March 27 to the end of the current season—with the exception of April 17—has been spoken for. As the 2002-2003 season winds down and the Tony Award eligibility cut-off date of May 7 nears, producers are cramming their productions into the Broadway schedule. Set to open in the coming months are:
Long Day's Journey Into Night (May 6 at the Plymouth Theatre) One show that has set a date but no theatre is Enchanted April.