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Topic - Hal Luftig
The Broadway revival of "Evita" _ faced with trying to replace Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris _ will instead close when the Big Three leave early next year.
The New York-bound musical "Kinky Boots" enjoyed a pre-Broadway run at a downtown Chicago theater this fall, but only after the state of Illinois lured producers with something that's scarce these days _ money.
A new musical bringing together Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and rock icon Cyndi Lauper will put its best foot forward in Chicago this fall.
"Our extensive search for a new cast presented the significant challenges of not only replacing a high-caliber trio of stars but also synchronizing the schedules of potential replacements with that of the production," producer Hal Luftig said in a statement. "Despite going down the road with a variety of artists, the planets have simply not aligned for us to engage the right talent at the right time."
"Chicago is a great theater town and being able to have that help and that aid was a big driving force for us to come here," Luftig said.