'Nick & Nora' delayed till March for lack of funds

October 03, 1990|By J. Wynn Rousuck

"Nick & Nora," the pre-Broadway musical based on Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man," has postponed its Baltimore tryout until late February or March because funding for the production -- projected at $6 million -- is not yet complete.

According to Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the Mechanic Theatre, the show's producers are close to raising the needed funds, "but because they didn't get into the shop to build the set last week, there's no time to get it completed in time for the originally announced December opening."

To allow for the delay, the run of "M. Butterfly" has been shifted to Dec. 4-30. Specific dates for "Nick & Nora" have yet to be announced.

One of the most anticipated new American musicals of the Broadway season, "Nick & Nora" has music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and a book and direction by Arthur Laurents. Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason will play the title roles.

Attempts to reach co-producers James Pentecost and Charles Suisman yesterday were unsuccessful.

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