Time And Again, the new musical originally scheduled for Broadway in 1996 and then 1997 -- but was slowed down by mixed reviews of its preview production at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre -- is again in rewrites and readings this summer.
Based on the cult time-travel novel by Jack Finney, Time and Again has music and lyrics by Walter Edgar Kennon (Herringbone) and a book by Jack Viertel. Susan Schulman (The Sound of Music, Secret Garden, Violet) is connected with the project as director. The show was supposed to be Rebecca Luker's triumphant return to Broadway after Show Boat.
"We've done rewrites and are having readings based on those rewrites," co-producer Steven Baruch told Playbill On-Line July 30. "We're working around the busy schedules of the creative team and Susan Schulman. By the end of the summer we1ll see what we have and make a decision about whether to go forward" with a workshop.
The show opened in spring 1996 production at Old Globe Theatre, but critical and audience reaction made the producers and writers realized that more work would have to be done.
Former press representative John Wimbs said at the time that other commitments by the producers and cast-members made a fall `96, and then a spring `97, opening impossible. Producers Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel, Thomas Viertel, Jujamcyn Theatres, Charles Kelman Productions, Margo Lion, Elizabeth Williams, Simone Genatt and Marc Routh had hoped another workshop would lead to a fall 1997 opening on Broadway, but expectations have now been scaled back and no Broadway date is being discussed, though Baruch said (July 30) that the project is "very much alive."
Baruch confirmed that the Old Globe cast members -- including Rebecca Luker, now in The Sound of Music -- have gone their separate ways due to scheduling conflicts and that the show has no cast currently attached.