This just in from The Stage
The musical opened in
Manchester on May 9 and 10. It was due to continue to Dublin, Belfast
and Newcastle later this month.
In an email seen by The Stage that was sent to cast and crew
involved in the production, the show’s co-producer John Ward, from
Reckless Entertainment, said he was postponing the dates planned for
later this month because he and his production team, which includes Coronation Street Executive Producer Kieran Roberts, “are far from happy with the show artistically
and we are not prepared to take it out again in its present form”. He added: “We will be re-working the show for dates later in the year.”
Ward stressed the show has not been cancelled but admitted that it has “been a very rocky ride”.
He added: “But the upside is that we had a terrific reaction from
the fans on both Wednesday and Thursday night and an improved show
certainly has the potential to go on and be a long running hit. We had
some mixed reviews but also some raves. But it needs to be changed.”
He said he and the show’s composer, Trisha Ward, would be “doing
everything in our power to make this a smoother ride from now on”. In his email, Ward moved to allay fears about payment of those
involved. He said that he will be in touch with those involved "individually shortly regarding matters financial. People will be paid but we do need a bit more patience and that may not be what you want to hear,” he said.
Crikey. It did get awful reviews, mind.
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