MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST & VELOCITY OF AUTUMN Postpone Spring 2013 Openings
According to the New York Times, Larry Kaye, the lead producer of both Miss Firecracker Contest and Velocity of Autumn has revealed that the Spring 2013 Broadway openings of both have been postponed. The Firecracker postponement had to do with, acccording to Kaye, a scheduling conflict that 'stood in the way of getting our particular dream cast.' In the case of Velocity of Autumn, the show couldn't find 'a suitable theater this season that would be a great fit for this two-person, very intimate play.'
Kaye still hopes to bring both shows to Broadway, though no definite plans have yet been made.
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Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley's 100-proof comedy The Miss Firecracker Contest, starring film and television actress Amber Tamblyn and directed by Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, would have marked Tamblyn's Broadway debut and Ivey's Broadway debut as director. THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST is the inspiring story of Carnelle Scott (Tamblyn), a Southern orphan living in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Carnelle is furiously rehearsing her patriotic tap dance for The Miss Firecracker Contest-hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation as the town's "Miss Hot Tamale" and allow her to leave Brookhaven in a "crimson blaze of glory."
Molly Smithwas to direct Eric Coble's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, featuring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella. The Velocity of Autumn had its world premiere at Boise Contemporary Theater in April 2011. Reviewers called it a "funny and touching new play...that takes you someplace real within yourself...and it leads to a sweet and satisfying resolution." The production next had its regional premiere at the Beck Center for the Arts in 2012.