The first Broadway production of Neil LaBute‘s savage comedy “Fat Pig” has been delayed to next season due to financial difficulties. On Thursday, producers Aldo Scrofani and Heather Provost confirmed, “the current financial situation did not leave adequate time to maintain the integrity of the show and its marketing campaign. This play deserves to be seen on Broadway and we remain very much committed to that goal.”
The piece follows the plight of a fellow who takes up with an overweight woman much to the dismay of his best pal and an ex-girlfriend. Previews were to begin April 12 with opening night scheduled for April 26, two days before the end of Tony Awards eligibility.
Stage vet Josh Hamilton was to be the kind-hearted chap first played by Jeremy Piven in an acclaimed off-Broadway staging seven years ago. Comedian turned actor Dane Cook was set to make his rilato debut in the role of his less-than-understanding friend while “Dexter” star Julia Stiles had signed on as his one-time love.
LaBute, who was to direct, contended for the Best Play prize at the Tonys two years ago with “reasons to be pretty,” which he described as the final chapter in a trilogy about the politics of personal appearance that included “Fat Pig” and “The Shape of Things.” He lost to Yasmina Reza (“Art”) who won her second Tony for “God of Carnage.”