'Clybourne Park' moves ahead without Scott Rudin

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The show will go on for the cast and crew of Broadway’s upcoming Clybourne Park after all, says Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the Walter Kerr Theater where Park is set to open in the spring. The future of the show had been in doubt since Wednesday, when producer Scott Rudin and his partner Stuart Thompson left the show after Rudin fell out with its playwright, Bruce Norris, when the latter dropped out of an acting role in Rudin’s HBO adaptation of The Corrections.

Rumors spread that Jujamcyn was looking for a new team, but Roth did not confirm anything until today, when he released the comforting, but vague statement, “It is a true privilege for all of us at Jujamcyn to bring such a fiercely provocative and wildly funny work to Broadway audiences. Clybourne Park is on. We’ll see you there!”

Clybourne — a race satire set in 1959 and 2009 Chicago — played off-Broadway in 2010, the West End in 2011, and is now enjoying a well-reviewed pre-Broadway run at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. Last year it won a Pulitzer Prize and the Olivier Award for Best Play, and it is widely assumed to become a top contender at the 2012 Tonys.

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