Friday, April 12, 2024

Broadway: No Room for “Room” As Adrienne Warren-Led Musical Version of Oscar Film Pulled for Lack of Dough


It’s not easy to put on a Broadway show, especially when it’s a new play with tricky marketing.

And so “Room,” the semi-musical play derived from the original novel but more closely associated with the movie that got Brie Larson an Oscar for Best Actress is suddenly not opening this season. (The movie had three other nominations in 2015 including Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay by Emma Donoghue, who wrote this version as well.)

In this version, the role of the young woman who’s been kidnapped and locked in a room by a maniac was to be played by the great Tony Award winner Adrienne Warren, of “Tina: The Musical” fame. Three time Tony nominee and three time Emmy nominee Kate Burton was also featured.

“In the midst of our rehearsals we were informed by one of our Lead Producers that due to personal reasons, they did not intend to fulfill their obligations to the production. Since being notified, the rest of the producing team has exhausted all possible avenues to keep the show on track, but the narrow timeline and economic shortfall created by this series of events has proven to be insurmountable,” said producer Hunter Arnold. “We are incredibly disappointed not to be able to open this remarkable production at this time and are especially heartbroken for our incredibly talented cast and creative team who were hard at work in the rehearsal room.”  
Producers Sam Julyan and James Yeoburn stated, “We have been honored to share the story of ROOM since its world premiere in 2017 in London and its subsequent productions in Dublin, Scotland, and Ontario.  We truly believe that today’s disappointing news will not be the end of ROOM on stage.”

Adrienne Warren is one of Broadway’s brightest new lights. Burton is a veteran actress of the highest regard. They will each bounce back quickly. But what a shame we won’t get to see them in this production — for now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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