The New York Post reported today that Damn Yankees producer Mitchell Maxwell canceled the world tour of the show, which was supposed to transfer to a larger venue in London with a recast British company, and continue in Berlin and Paris with star Jerry Lewis and the touring American cast.
The reported suspension is due to Lewis' alleged salary of $100,000 a week, a far greater amount than for most big name Broadway stars, which was eating up most of the tour's profits.
Furthermore, the Post reported that the producer and star did not get along.
This is the second time in over a year that Maxwell has been involved with financial scandal related to the tour. In August of 1996, entertainment conglomerate Polygram filed a $5 million lawsuit against Maxwell, claiming he improperly used money from the 1994 Broadway production to finance the following American national tour, starring Lewis.
Maxwell was not available for comment, but the Post reported that his mother, Phyllis Maxwell, head of Maxwell Entertainment, said, "Damn Yankees has been postponed for a while, but it will be there. He will bring it back [to New York] but they have other obligations overseas first." -- By Blair Glaser