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Official Statement From Wildhorn Representative On 'Frank Wildhorn & Friends' Cancellation

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BroadwayWorld.com received word late yesterday evening that 'Frank Wildhorn & Friends', which was scheduled to play a very special series of performances at Las Vegas' Judy Bayley Theater to benefit The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV, had been cancelled.

The benefit performances were to take place on Friday, September 4th at 8pm, Saturday, September 5th at 8pm and Sunday, September 6th at 7pm.

The evening was to feature Wildhorn himself at the piano plus a 32 piece orchestra.

A representative for Frank Wildhorn, Michael Staringer of Diabelli Management, issued the following statement in regards to the above matter:

"Dear friends,

Unfortunately "Wildhorn&Friends" had to be cancelled because the producers defaulted on their obligations to Frank, the performers and all others involved after repeatedly giving assurances that they would and could fulfill their obligations."

Acclaimed composer Frank Wildhorn was set to present a starry evening of his thrilling songs performed by the very best theatrical talent in the world. Linda Eder, Lea Salonga, Rob Evan and Douglas Sills were contracted to guest star in the event with musical direction by Koen Schoots. 'Frank Wildhorn & Friends' is directed by Jeff Calhoun.

In 1999 Frank Wildhorn (composer, Bonnie & Clyde) became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Civil War, which altogether garnered eight Tony nominations. Wildhorn also wrote additional songs for Broadway's Victor/Victoria and was a producer and co-creator of Harlem Song at the legendary Apollo Theater. Most recently in the United States, Wildhorn's For the Glory: The Civil War Musical opened at the Majestic Theater in Gettysgurg, PA. He has enjoyed International success with Never Say Goodbye (written with Shuichiro Koike) performed by Takarazuka Revue in Takarazuka, Japan; Rudolf - The Last Kiss (written with Jack Murphy & Nan Knighton) opening in Budapest, Hungary and in Vienna, Austria and multiple productions of Jekyll & Hyde: In Concert.

Wildhorn is currently getting ready to debut three new musicals, WONDERLAND, Bonnie & Clyde and Havana.

Frank Wildhorn & Friends is described in press notes as, "an intimate concert that highlights selected songs from his many works. Presenting as Frank Wildhorn puts it "some of the finest voices in the industry", Wildhorn once again returns to the stage to play the piano as his talented friends take the spotlight."


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