The company of When Pigs Fly performs for the press.
The company of When Pigs Fly performs for the press.
(© David Gordon)

The off-Broadway revival of Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop's When Pigs Fly has been canceled due to a "shortfall in the show's investment," producers have announced. The musical was to have run at Stage 42, with previews beginning on October 11 (a delay from the original start date of October 6).

Featuring a book and lyrics by Waldrop and music by Dick Gallagher, When Pigs Fly is described as follows: "In a hastily booked theater under renovation, Howard struggles to put on a lavish musical revue over numerous obstacles, including the near-mutiny of his cast, and the nagging memory of his high school guidance counselor, who told him he'd succeed 'when pigs fly.' Just when it seems all is lost, Howard realizes the problem isn't that he's gone too far — it's that he hasn't gone far enough."

With Waldrop directing, the production was set to feature Jordan Ahnquist (Shear Madness), Taylor Crousore (Forbidden Broadway), Jacob Hoffman (I'll Be Damned), Brian Charles Rooney (Bedbugs!!!) and Frank Viveros (25th anniversary The Phantom of the Opera national tour). Cameron Mitchell Bell and Paul Sabala completed the cast.

The production was to have featured choreography by Tony Award nominee Denis Jones (Holiday Inn) with costumes by legendary nine-time Emmy Award winner Bob Mackie (The Carol Burnett Show). The design team included Adam Koch (scenic design), Julie Duro (lighting design), and Ian Wehrle (sound design).