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'Nick & Nora' cancels again

THE BALTIMORE SUN

For the second time in less than a year, "Nick & Nora" has stood up Baltimore.

The pre-Broadway musical -- booked at the Mechanic Theatre this past season and then re-scheduled to open the 1991-92 season -- will open directly in New York instead, executive producer Elizabeth I. McCann announced yesterday.

She said the decision was based on the combined factors of the time and expense -- about $525,000 -- required to set up the production in Baltimore, take it down and set it up again in New York.

Based on Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man," the musical was delayed and then canceled last season when the producers failed to raise the necessary funds. It was rebooked for the upcoming season after acquiring new producers.

"I'm not happy, but I'm not hysterical," said Hope Quackenbush, the Mechanic's managing director, who learned the news yesterday morning. Explaining that she hopes to replace "Nick & Nora" with another musical, she said, "Upset as I am because we stayed loyal to this project for two years, there are no secrets in this business, and my telephone has been ringing off the hook with offers."

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