My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?), playwright/performer Rob Madge’s acclaimed West End play, has canceled its imminent Broadway run.
Producers say that the production will open on Broadway next season instead of this (very crowded) spring as previously announced. Theater and dates to be announced at a later date.
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No reason was stated for the postponement. All purchased tickets will be refunded.
The one-person production was intended to begin a 16-week run with previews at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre starting on February 27, and an opening night having been slated for March 12.
No fewer than 18 Broadway productions are now scheduled to open before the current theater season ends with the openings of both Mother Play and The Great Gatsby on April 25. Nearly all of the productions begin performances in the weeks from mid-March to late April.
A hit with critics and audiences when it played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s West End, My Son’s a Queer had been described by producers as a “hilarious, poignant, and infectiously joyous one-person play follows the journey of a family as they explore their son’s love for all things Disney, theatre, and their identity as a Queer human.”
Producing the show was Tom Smedes and Heather Shields. The comedy was to be directed by Luke Sheppard (&Juliet), and feature songs by Pippa Cleary (The Great British Bake Off Musical).
Last month, producers announced that the production would offer a digital lottery program making inexpensive tickets accessible to people who have to travel to New York to attend.
My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) is produced by Tom Smedes, Heather Shields, and Peter Stern, by arrangement with Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills.
The news comes as Broadway, preparing for the extremely jam-packed spring season, is reeling from another, very different last-minute shocker: On Tuesday, the Roundabout Theatre Company announced that Tyne Daly, the star of its much-anticipated revival of John Patrick’s Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable, had suffered a medical emergency and withdrew from the production, already in previews. She was replaced with Amy Ryan, who will co-star with Liev Schreiber in the limited engagement.
The exact nature of Daly’s medical emergency has not been disclosed, but producers said she is expected to make a full recovery.
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