By Lindsay Powers
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Neil LaBute's stage play "Fat Pig" will be delayed a year on Broadway after investors unexpectedly pulled out, the production company announced Thursday.
The comedy, which stars Dane Cook, Josh Hamilton, Julie Stiles and Heather Jane Rolff, was slated to begin previews April 12 at the Belasco Theater. Instead, it will premiere in spring 2012, with LaBute slated to make his Broadway directing debut. Ticket holders will be given refunds or allowed to exchange for a different date.
"The postponement is due to the last-minute fallout of a key investment," the production's press representative, The Hartman Group, said in a statement. "This did not leave the producers enough time to reacquire the necessary capital and begin rehearsals on schedule to open prior to the Tony Awards cutoff date."
Producers Aldo Scrofani and Heather Provost said in a joint statement: "It's our dream to keep this terrific cast and stunning creative team intact as we work to reschedule 'Fat Pig' for next season. The current financial situation did not leave adequate time to maintain the integrity of the show and its marketing campaign. This play deserves to be seen on Broadway and we remain very much committed to that goal.
(Editing by Zorianna Kit)