A planned tour of new musical My Best Friend’s Wedding has been announced.
Based on the movie of the same name, the new musical was due to hold its world premiere at Manchester Palace Theatre in September 2021 having been postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic.
However producers have now announced that the tour will no longer be going ahead.
They said: “The UK tour of My Best Friend’s Wedding which was scheduled to open at the Palace Theatre, Manchester on 20th September, 2021 is, unfortunately, not going ahead.
“The recent delay to the lifting of Covid restrictions, the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant and the possibility that come 19 July, theatres will still be required to operate social distancing, have together led the producers to conclude that they have no option but to cancel the tour.
“Successfully launching a new musical on tour is never easy, but this continuing uncertainty and its hugely damaging effect on consumer confidence has made a difficult task into an impossible one.”
They added: “The producers have full confidence in the show itself, and hope to find a way of re-visiting it at a time and in circumstances that will afford it the best possible chance of enjoying the success it deserves.”
Rachel Kavanaugh was to direct the production which has a book by Ronald Bass and Jonathan Harvey and score featuring the music and lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
It tells the story of lifelong friends Julianne Potter and Michael O’Neal. When Michael reveals he’s marrying another woman, Julianne realizes her love for Michael and sets a plan to sabotage his wedding.
Alexandra Burke was originally set to lead the cast.