Producers Cancel a Revival of ‘When Pigs Fly’

Producers Cancel a Revival of ‘When Pigs Fly’


Cast members in the 1996 production of “When Pigs Fly.”

James Estrin/The New York Times

The revival of the 1996 musical revue “When Pigs Fly,” scheduled to open Off Broadway at Stage 42 on Oct. 30, has been canceled because of a “shortfall in the show’s investment,” the producers announced on Monday.

The show, one of several gay-themed productions scheduled for high-profile revivals this season, among them “Torch Song Trilogy” and “The Boys in the Band,” was being retooled by Mark Waldrop, the original co-conceiver, lyricist and director, and was scheduled to feature newly designed costumes by Bob Mackie. (Howard Crabtree, the original costumer and, along with Mr. Waldrop, the show’s co-author, died of AIDS two months before the show’s opening.)

Though it is not entirely uncommon for theatrical productions to falter in their search for financing, it is rare for one to come up short so close to the date of its opening.

In an interview Monday morning, Mr. Waldrop said he had been told by the producers about two weeks ago that there were financing issues and that more money needed to be raised if the show were to open as scheduled. He said that they did several run-throughs of the show for potential investors last week “and everyone said they loved it. But no one got their checkbooks out.”

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