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Hackford exits 'Louis & Keely'

August 27, 2009|David Ng

The runaway success of "Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara," which recently extended its run at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood for the fifth time, has had theater people talking that the show about Louis Prima and Keely Smith might transfer to other cities, perhaps even New York.

Now it appears that at least some of those rumors are true. The team behind the hit musical biography is preparing for a short national tour next year and then "ideally moving to Broadway in late 2010," according to a statement from Sarabeth Schedeen, one of the producers.

The production team did not specify cities or specific dates for the tour, nor did it disclose any information about the planned Broadway run. What they did confirm is that there will be one crucial team member who won't be joining the tour: movie director Taylor Hackford, who staged the show's current production at the Geffen.

A spokeswoman at the Geffen said that the show's stars -- Jake Broder and Vanessa Claire Smith -- were rewriting portions of the script without Hackford and that the new version will be staged by another director, who is yet to be named.

-- David Ng

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