To back up what Blair said 2 posts above this one, I am posting this article from today's New York Times regarding the new Broadway bound (??) musical entitled "Sleepless in Seattle". Now I see the musical is delayed--to say the least!
After the great success of "Promises, Promises" way back in 1968, the opportunity really presented itself for Burt, Hal and Neil Simon to create another smash Broadway musical. They were in their prime then. Neil Simon was writing one hit play after the other. And I don't have to mention how Burt and Hal were doing. My guess is that Hal and Neil would have loved to do another musical. But they couldn't do it without Burt and it's well known where Burt stood at that time with regards to writing another Broadway show. And with the great producer, David Merrick, nothing could have stopped them. From where I sit, it's a real pity, too.
Now here we are 44 years later, and getting a show on Broadway is nearly impossible. As Blair said, it really is nearly impossible.
from: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/ ... /?ref=arts
‘Sleepless in Seattle’ Musical Delayed
By PATRICK HEALY
The June world premiere of the musical “Sleepless in Seattle,” based on the 1993 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan film romance, will be delayed as the producers replace its director and songwriters with a new team who will rework the entire show, according to two theater executives familiar with the project. The Pasadena Playhouse, where “Sleepless” was set to begin performances on June 12, announced on Friday that the show would be rescheduled for a production slot in the company’s 2012-2013 season.
Sheldon Epps, the artistic director of the Playhouse, said in a statement that “our desire to ‘get it right’ led us to the wise decision to give this project additional time for further creative development.” The commercial producer attached to the musical, David Shor, who had been hoping to bring the show to Broadway in the fall, attributed the delay to the “very intricate” process of creating the musical, which has had private readings recently but had not yet begun rehearsals for the Pasadena run.
“Developing a show based on a movie as iconic as ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ is something we don’t take lightly,” Mr. Shor said in a statement. “I feel that it is essential not to rush this progression so that the show that is ultimately seen on stage is something we all can be proud of.”
Conspicuously absent from Pasadena’s announcement was any mention of several members of the musical’s creative team. The announcement only noted that the show had a book by Jeff Arch, who is Mr. Shor’s business partner and who was one of the writers on the original screenplay. Up to now, the show’s director had been Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), and the music and lyrics were by Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson.
The theater executives familiar with the project – who spoke on condition of anonymity because Pasadena and Mr. Shor had not authorized them to speak – said that only Mr. Arch would remain on the creative team and that new members would be announced in the near future. The executives said that the show would undergo a top-to-bottom overhaul. As for Broadway, there was no word on Friday about a revised date.