World Premiere of Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust Road Postponed

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The previously announced world premiere of Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust Road that was set to begin performances at London's St. James Theatre Oct. 27 prior to an official opening Oct. 30 has been postponed.

The show was to have been directed by Susan H. Schulman, whose Broadway credits include The Secret Garden, Little Women and revivals of Sweeney Todd and The Sound of Music. In a press statement, lead producer Hoagy B. Carmichael (who is the composer's son) stated, "We are terribly saddened to reveal that due to issues with a potential investor we have had to cancel the run in London. It would have been irresponsible to everyone involved in the production to have moved ahead without this vital piece of financing in place. We are incredibly proud of the creative team and actors we cast and hope they can all continue the journey with us when we expect to remount the show in London in 2016."

Schulman had previously described the piece thus:,"Stardust Road is a musical journey that begins in a young place up a lazy river and grows more sophisticated, more urban and urbane. It's a journey from innocence to experience, from youth to maturity, from farm to the city and it is travelled with Hoagy Carmichael's masterful musical score as our constant guide and companion."

Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. Born in 1899 in Bloomington, Indiana, he died, age 82 in 1981 in Rancho Mirage, CA. He was raised in humble circumstances, supported by an electrician father, and by the income his mother earned from playing the piano at silent movie showings and local dances. Growing up, Carmichael was exposed to music not only through his mother, but by listening to jazz artists in the African-American neighbourhood of Bucktown. In 1936, Carmichael moved to California and had songs featured in several films. In 1952, he won the Best Song Academy Award for "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" from the movie "Here Comes the Groom" starring Bing Crosby. Hoagy also made onscreen appearances in films such as "To Have and Have Not" and "The Best Years of Our Lives."

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