According to a notice from Actor's Equity, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has cancelled both auditons for and its planned production of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's Pal Joey, which was to feature a new book by Terrence McNally. No official reason for the cancellation has been provided by the Kennedy Center today and there's no word yet about a potential replacement for the show.
The Kennedy Center will otherwise continue with its season as planned, which include productions of Billy Elliot, La Cage aux Folles, The Addams Family, and Memphis. The theater season will also include the Sydney Theatre Company production of Uncle Vanya starring Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, a 10th anniversary concert of the Center's Sondheim Celebration, and the Mabou Mines production of Dollhouse. Barbara Cook will return to perform in the fifth season of her Spotlight series.
For more on the Kennedy Center's 2012 season, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org.
Opening its doors on September 8, 1971, the Center presents the greatest performances of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts and arts management education. With its artistic affiliate, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Center's achievements as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists have resulted in more than 300 theatrical productions, and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works.