Waiting in the Wings: Upcoming Broadway Musicals Await Strike Decision

News   Waiting in the Wings: Upcoming Broadway Musicals Await Strike Decision
The Broadway musicals that are heading to The Great White Way are all currently awaiting the outcome of the musicians' strike, according to spokespersons from each show. All dates, for the time being, still stand.

The only Broadway musical currently in previews, Urban Cowboy, is still scheduled to open March 27. Previews began at the Broadhurst Theatre Feb. 28 for the movie-turned-musical. A spokesperson stated no decision to change the opening has been made.

The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, also have no dates changed. The production, set to start previews March 21 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, is still scheduled to open April 10. Rehearsals for the musical, however, have been put on hold as the actors are striking.

A Year With Frog and Toad, the musical based on late children's author illustrator Arnold Lobel's characters, has not been affected by the strike as the tuner begins rehearsals March 17. The production, which features most of its original cast including stars Mark Linn-Baker and Jay Goede, recently ran at 42nd Street's New Victory Theatre in November, 2002. Opening night is scheduled for April 10 following previews beginning April 2 at Broadway's Cort Theatre.

The much-anticipated revival of Gypsy, featuring Bernadette Peters under the direction of Sam Mendes, is scheduled to open May 1. The musical will begin previews at the Shubert Theatre March 31 as planned.

The Look of Love, a musical celebration of, as its subtitle declares, The Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, had begun rehearsals for its first preview set for April 4. The season's final musical has not rehearsed since the strike began, according to a spokesperson. Another Roundabout Theatre Company production, the work has not, however, changed its scheduled opening of May 4 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson.

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