Andrew Lloyd Webber has found new investors to replace those who abandoned the Goodspeed Musicals production of his musical comedy, By Jeeves, and the tuner will begin Broadway previews Oct. 16, as originally planned, the producers announced Sept. 20.
The show was announced as "indefinitely postponed" Sept. 18 due to the loss of two investors. The deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center resulted in great loss of life and subsequently kept tourists and theatregoers away, prompting the announcement of the closing of a handful of Broadway shows by Sept. 23.
With the assistance of Lloyd Webber, the superstar composer of Cats and Evita, By Jeeves — with music by Lloyd Webber and book, lyrics and direction by Alan Ayckbourn — will open as planned Oct. 28 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
"This is not my production," Lloyd Webber said in a statement, underlining he doesn't have his own dough in it, "but when I heard about this, the first thing I thought was whether there was anything we could do. Broadway is very important to me and there is no better time to be supportive of Goodspeed and Broadway than right now."
Roundabout Theatre Company announced the postponement of the fall Broadway staging of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins following the attack, citing content issues that would be inappropriate in light of the tragedy.