Producers were initially looking to bring the critically-acclaimed nine-play cycle to Broadway in time for the 2010 Tony Awards this spring, with the soon-to-be-vacated Neil Simon Theatre as a home.
The Times reports that Signature artistic director James Houghton, Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson (whose theatres co-present the large-scale work) and their fellow producers wanted more time to ensure proper marketing for the Broadway transfer and felt a spring Broadway bow would have been rushed.
A spring extension Off-Broadway is likely, while Orphans' producers are planning to take a few notes from producers experienced in the field, namely those who brought The Coast of Utopia and The Norman Conquests (other three-part works) to American audiences.
Michael Wilson directs the theatrical event inspired by Foote's family that is separated into three evenings, with one-day marathons also on the bill.
The final chapter of Orphans arrives Off-Broadway at the Signature Jan. 7. The first part of The Orphans' Home Cycle premiered Off-Broadway Nov. 5, followed by the second installment on Dec. 3. The piece received its world-premiere engagement at Hartford Stage in September 2009. Part I (The Story of a Childhood) consists of the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts and Lily Dale; Part II (The Story of a Marriage) includes The Widow Claire, Courtship and Valentine's Day; and Part III (The Story of a Family) concludes with 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa.