Prince of Broadway has cancelled its pre-Broadway engagement in Toronto, Dancap Productions announced today.
The musical revue, a celebration of the legendary career of Broadway producer and director Harold “Hal” Prince, will now open directly in New York in November 2012.
“Over the past year, the scale of the show has grown so considerably that the costs of a pre-Broadway try-out no longer make financial sense,” Aubrey Dan, president of Dancap Productions, said in a statement.
“While we are of course disappointed that the production won't premiere in Toronto, the financial implications coupled with the creative team and acting company schedules necessitated this revised plan to open directly on Broadway.”
Prince, who will co-direct the autobiographical Prince of Broadway with Tony winner Susan Stroman, was at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in October to help launch the Dancap 2012 season.
But, even at the time, the production's Toronto tryout seemed far from certain. Dancap did not announce exact dates or offer Prince of Broadway as part of its subscription series, due to the possibility of a postponement. “Building a new show, things can happen,” Dan told The Globe and Mail at the time.
In a statement today, Prince, who had previously launched productions in Toronto with Garth Drabinsky's now-defunct Livent company, expressed hope that Prince of Broadway would eventually tour to Toronto after its New York engagement.
“I'll miss opening in Toronto because that city has been very good to me on many occasions. But hopefully, Torontonians will visit us in New York and, if things turn out as well as we wish, we'll visit them subsequently.”