Off-Broadway Run of Flanagan's Wake Suspended

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The planned Off-Broadway run of Flanagan's Wake, the interactive comedy that has run for 16 years in Chicago, has been canceled.

According to a released statement, "Flanagan's Wake will not open as previously announced. The producers regret that performances at Sweet Caroline's have been suspended due to the loss of a major investor."

The run, which began previews Nov. 14, 2009, was scheduled to open Jan. 11. Performances have been suspended. Amy Binns-Calvey directed the work with musical direction by Bonnie Shadrake.

Flanagan's Wake "invites you to join the villagers of Grapplin, Ireland as they mourn and grieve the passing of one of their own as only the Irish can," according to show notes. "Help celebrate Flanagan’s life and mourn his death with a few pints and plenty of tears - of laughter! Flanagan’s Wake is perfect for groups - so grab your friends, gather ‘round the casket and raise a glass for the man 'Himself' in true Irish fashion."

The work — which has played across the country at venues in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Rochester, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Detroit — was conceived by Jack Bronis and inspired by Joe Liss. Credited as collaborators are Amy Binns-Calvey, Geoff Binns-Calvey, Jimmy Binns, Jack Bronis, Mark Czoske, Phil Lusardi, Pat Musker and Bonnie Shadrake (who created the score).

The New York cast featured James Houton, Mary Theresa Archbold, Pay Shay, Brett Waldon, Michael Kevin Baldwin, Mike Connell and Abigail Gullo. The 90-minute show, featuring scenic design by Joseph Heitman, marked the first production in the new Manhattan venue.

For more on the show, visit The Theatre at Sweet Caroline's is located at 322 West 45th St. (between 8th and 9th Aves).

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