Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Cancels iSondheim Revue; Brel Will Play Instead

By Andrew Gans
and Adam Hetrick
26 Feb 2009

The Alliance Theatre's world premiere of iSondheim: aMusical Revue, which was scheduled to begin performances April 15 at the Atlanta venue, has been canceled.



In its place the regional theatre will present another revue, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

The production, according to the Alliance website, was canceled because of "difficulties encountered by the commercial producers attached to the project, the Frankel/Viertel/Baruch/Routh group, in raising the necessary funds for the multi-media musical revue of Sondheim's life and career."

A representative of the group said in a statement, "The show's extensive technical requirements for film and multi-media projection required raising, what proved to be, an extraordinarily large amount of additional money; millions, actually, which was simply unavailable for a non-commercial production in the current economic climate. We regret the situation as the Alliance Theatre was ready, willing and able to fulfill their commitments for financing and infrastructure to stage this production. We intend to produce the show at another date."

Alliance Theatre artistic director Susan V. Booth added, "This came as heartbreaking news to us. We were very much looking forward to working with James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim on such an exceptional theatrical project, but we recognize the extraordinary challenges our partners were facing in their efforts to capitalize this production."

James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion) had created iSondheim, an innovative multimedia revue that would incorporate original and archival commentary from Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Sondheim. The new work promised to take audience members "to the very heart of Sondheim's life and work."

Patrons who have purchased subscriptions or single tickets to iSondheim should contact the box office at (404) 733-5000 for ticketing information.

For more information visit www.alliancetheatre.org.