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Weinstein and Broadway press agent Rick Miramontez have parted ways on the musical following a heated meeting Tuesday, the New York Times reports.
Weinstein told the Times that he addressed concerns with how Miramontez’s team was spreading the word about the show, which stars Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer and begins previews March 15. The musical is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp-starring film and had a run in Cambridge, Mass., last summer.
“We had no long lead stories lined up for GQ, Vanity Fair, New York magazine, and I went around the room with Rick and his team and asked, ‘Who is the editor of GQ?’ and other rudimentary questions that they had no answers to,” Weinstein told the Times. “Our only long lead story planned was in Vogue, and I arranged that.”
Weinstein later praised Miramontez as “the finest on Broadway,” adding: “If I knew a little more about Broadway none of this would have happened — ultimately, I have to take responsibility of this.” He said he may decide to handle publicity in-house.
In an email to the Times, Miramontez wrote: “If I were a headline writer, I’d go with this: BROADWAY TO HARVEY WEINSTEIN: DROP DEAD.” He claimed to have passed the GQ quiz “with flying colors” and said the men’s magazine was willing to do a piece on the musical but wouldn’t put in on the cover, which Weinstein insisted upon.
“It would come as no surprise to anyone who has ever worked for him that Harvey’s hunger for publicity doesn’t always align with the realities of the real world,” Miramontez said.
In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, the two parties said they both want what’s best for the production. “There are no hard feelings on either side of the recent theatrics, and we all move forward with one mutual desire — for Finding Neverland to open on Broadway triumphantly,” Miramontez and Weinstein Live Entertainment said. “In the interim, we’ll continue to work together on The Last Five Years and other projects.”
Jan. 24 at 5:20 p.m. Updated with a statement from Miramontez and Weinstein Live Entertainment.
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