Time And Again, a new musical that was scheduled for Broadway this year -- but was slowed down by mixed reviews of its preview production at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre -- will not be coming to the Great White Way this season.
Press representative John Wimbs said that once the producers realized the show would need more work after its West Coast premiere, other commitments by the producers and cast-members made a fall `96, and then a spring `96, opening impossible.
The good news is that the project is "very definitely still happening." The producers (Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel, Thomas Viertel, Jujamcyn Theatres, Charles Kelman Productions, Margo Lion, Elizabeth Williams, Simone Genatt and Marc Routh) are planning another workshop and are now looking towards a fall `97 Broadway opening.
Reached by phone, Baruch told Playbill On-Line that the show is in "a period of not trying to pin things down; we don't want the pressure of setting dates and then disappointing people when we can't stick to them." Baruch did confirm that the Old Globe cast members -- including Rebecca Luker -- have gone their separate ways due to scheduling conflicts and that the show has no current currently attached.
The producers are, indeed, busy with other projects, including Broadway's revival of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Baruch was calling from Cleveland, where the national touring cast of Smokey Joe had appeared the night before at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame to commemorate -- with a performance of "Stand By Me" -- the opening of the Lieber and Stoller wing. Jack Viertel wrote the book for Time And Again; Walter Edgar Kennon penned the music and lyrics. The show was supposed to be Luker's triumphant return to Broadway after Show Boat. The show is based on a time-travel novel by Jack Finney.
-- By David Lefkowitz