Wanted to post some potentially happy news on a day when cancellations notices are rolling in (WHY dont people see plays anymore? And if you dont catch Indecent before it closes you are doing a huge disservice to yourself)
A “Jitney” producer, Eric Falkenstein, is hoping to bring back the production for a commercial Broadway run this season. The show would have a relatively low capitalization and several other producers are interested according to Falkenstein. Santiago-Hudson would be back to stage it, though its unclear if the whole cast could return (several have already booked other theatre gigs and some appear on television series).
As of now, there is no theater booked and nothing official. But its nice to know that while some outstanding work from this season’s stellar lineup is leaving us, one of the best might get a second life.
Would you see the Tony winner if it books a new Broadway home?
I would see it in a second if I could. I won’t be back to NY until November, but if they come in for a fall run, it would go on my schedule along with The Band’s Visit.
A commercial run of Jitney sounds like a risky financial proposition to me, but artistically it’s great news. And there are those Broadway producers who don’t really expect to make money on things like this (and God bless ’em!)
I would definitely go if they could bring back most of the cast. I didn’t have any desire to go when it first came out, but I’ve regretted not going since it closed.
Given this season’s under-performance of most non-musicals, it seems financially risky, but the capitalization is listed at under 4 million. Since the sets/costumes are already made and in storage, and none of the actors are “star” names pulling in a Nathan Lane sized salary, it would be possible to keep it relatively inexpensive & have a financial success there. I think it would need to come in sooner as opposed to later to take advantage of the Tony win.
Andre Holland and Brandon J Dirden are both in TV series, so the would be the most likely cast members not to return, depending on shooting schedules