Woman in White Cancels Pre-Broadway Tryout; Arrives at Marquis in Fall

News   Woman in White Cancels Pre-Broadway Tryout; Arrives at Marquis in Fall Andrew Lloyd Webber's newest musical, The Woman in White, has canceled its pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago.

Anthony Andrews in the West End production of The Woman in White
Anthony Andrews in the West End production of The Woman in White Photo by Manuel Harlan

The Chicago Tribune reports that the musical — currently playing London's Palace Theatre — has canceled its previously announced engagement at Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre. Woman in White, which features a score by Lloyd Webber and David Zippel, was to have played the Chicago theatre Nov. 15, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006.

A spokesperson for the musical told Playbill.com that Woman in White will now arrive on Broadway in October at the Marquis Theatre, current home of the revival of La Cage aux Folles. The musical's official opening night is scheduled for Nov. 17. Although no casting has been announced, it is likely that Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman will repeat her London role as Marian on Broadway.

The Woman in White features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Charlotte Jones. The remainder of the creative team comprises Trevor Nunn (direction), William Dudley (set and costume design), Paul Pyant (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Wayne McGregor (dance and movement) and Simon Lee (musical supervisor). The creative team will re-create their work on Broadway.

The musical — starring Maria Friedman — began previews at London's newly refurbished Palace Theatre Aug. 28 with an official opening Sept. 15. Woman in White was nominated for five Olivier Awards.

According to production notes, The Woman in White concerns "a dashing young man, employed as the art tutor to two devoted sisters, [who] is stranded at a remote railway cutting. Out of the darkness looms a woman, a mysterious figure dressed in white, desperate to share a chilling secret. He and the sisters soon find themselves trapped in a web of betrayal and greed, the victims of a seemingly flawless crime. Together they will need all their resourcefulness and courage to outwit a hugely charismatic and ingenious villain. As the compelling plot twists and turns, low villainy vies with high romance in a world where nothing is as it first appears and where it is impossible to know who to trust." For more information about The Woman in White visit www.womaninwhitethemusical.com.