"It has not been canceled, but it has been postponed from our original timetable," producer Charles Cohen told the trade mag of its reported Jan. 18 first preview . "We have not actually made a formal announcement of the engagement."
This news comes following reports that the show had canceled its New York plans following lackluster reviews. The staging has already canceled its Tuesday and Wednesday performances to allow for more rehearsal time to implement changes in the show.
BCBGMaxAzria Entertainment (founded by fashion designer Max Azria and Charles Cohen) and 7Art present the show, which began previews at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood Sept. 21 and opened Sept. 27 to lackluster critical response.
Val Kilmer, known for his roles in the films "The Doors" and "Top Gun," plays Moses opposite Kevin Earley (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Ramses, Lauren Kennedy (Side Show) as Nefertari and Ipale as Seti. The principal cast will also include Adam Lambert as Josue, Alisan Porter as Miriam, Nita Whitaker as Ziporrah, Luba Mason as Bithia, Michele Pereira as Yokebed and Nicholas Rodriguez as Aaron. The Ten Commandments features music by film composer Patrick Leonard and lyrics by Maribeth Derry. Pascal Obispo penned the original score.
Robert Iscove (Peter Pan with Sandy Duncan) directs the grand-scale musical with the original Paris staging's director, French film auteur Elie Chouraqui ("Harrison's Flowers") — who founded 7Art. The design feature sets by Giantito Burchiellaro and costumes by Azria.
For tickets to The Ten Commandments: The Spectacle Musical at the Kodak, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., call (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-7878. For more information, visit the website at www.the10com.com.