After a near collapse of the finish of their '09-'10 season, Roundabout Theatre has stumbled into another programming embarrassment right out of the gate this year. (I guess big cheese Todd Haimes didn't heed my advice from before.)
This is already old news from late August, but I'm still stunned that not only did they inexplicably decide to open the season with an ill-advised revival of Bob Fosse's 1978 omnibus revue, Dancin'...but that they couldn't even see it through to opening! As Riedel reported:
The nonprofit company announced plans to revive Bob Fosse's 1978 revue "Dancin' "... in September with enhancement money from commercial producers. But that money hasn't come through, and sources say the Roundabout's reluctant to pick up the tab by itself. This is the second time the Roundabout's scrapped the show, and some people wonder if it's ever going to come together.
"Dancin' " was a big hit in its day -- it ran 1,774 performances -- and was nominated for the Tony for Best Musical. Fosse won the Tony for his choreography. "The truth is, it's just not very good," says a top Broadway director, who points out that the best numbers -- "Sing, Sing, Sing," "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" and "Crunchy Granola Suite" -- were used to better effect in the 1999 Tony-winning revue "Fosse."