Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, based on the film of the same name and featuring direction and choreography by Wayne Cilento, was to have played the Pasadena theatre Oct. 8-Nov. 14. With a book by Tina Andrews and a score by Andrews and Stanley Bennett Clay, the musical was expected to reach Broadway sometime after the Pasadena engagement. In a statement Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps said, "We are disappointed that the previously announced Why Do Fools Fall in Love? will not close out the season. The Playhouse and several Broadway producers were planning on a combined effort to mount this large-scale pre-Broadway tryout, and some of the producers’ financial backing fell through. During this period, I had the great good fortune to see the Rubicon’s wonderful production of Side by Side by Sondheim, and I am thrilled that we now have the opportunity to present this terrific production to our audiences. Sondheim’s beautiful work is a great way to celebrate what has been a tremendous season here at the Playhouse."
In the place of Fools will be the aforementioned Side by Side by Sondheim, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with additional music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne. The revue played Broadway's Music Box Theatre April 1977-Feb. 1978 before transferring to the Morosco Theatre, where it played through March 1978. The original Broadway cast included David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Julie N. McKenzie and Ned Sherrin.
Nick DeGruccio will direct the upcoming mounting — a co-production with the Rubicon Theatre — which will play the Playhouse Oct. 8-Nov. 20. Opening night is scheduled for Oct. 12. Tickets are available by calling (626) 356 PLAY.