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As for Mr. Rudin, have you been following the soap operatic news from Broadway this week? Now is when I wish I had serious journalistic access. Basically, Scott Rudin, wealthy, influential producer of film and stage, has pulled out of the upcoming Broadway production of Clybourne Park because of a much-discussed debate/fight/misunderstanding between him and the playwright Bruce Norris. Without Rudin’s money and co-investors, the Pulitzer Prize winning play may not open in April as schedule–and that’s definitely not something to joke about given the quality of the work. Read the New York Times report for an in-depth look at what may or may not have happened.
BREAKING NEWS: At 8:09 this morning, as I was preparing to send this off, Broadway producer Jordan Roth released the following statement:
It is a true privilege for all of us at Jujamcyn to bring such a fiercely provocative and wildly funny work to Broadway audiences. Clybourne Park is on. We’ll see you there!