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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Return to Broadway Postponed

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Theo Wargo

Fans of Jake Gyllenhaal are going to have to wait a little bit longer for the 35-year-old actor to return to Broadway.

A scheduling conflict for Gyllenhaal has caused the revival of Lanford Wilson's acclaimed 1987 play "Burn This" to back out of its planned run this spring. It is now aiming for a premiere sometime during the 2017-18 season, the show's producers said in an email to NBC 4 New York.

Tony winner Michael Mayer ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") was set to direct the play. Performances were slated to begin in February ahead of a March 6 opening.

The revival was also to re-open the Hudson Theatre on West 44th Street. The playhouse originally opened in 1903 and is currently going through an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation funded by the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Producers told NBC 4 New York they'll be looking for a new home outside of the Hudson Theatre for the show when it returns.

"Burn This" originally premiered on Broadway in 1987 in a production starring John Malkovich and Joan Allen. The play takes place in the wake of the death of a young gay couple, focusing on four friends left behind, picking up the pieces of their lives.

Gyllenhaal -- who who made his Broadway debut in 2015's "Constellations" -- isn't running away from the New York stage entirely, though.

Why, from Oct. 24 - Oct. 26, he'll lead a benefit concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Sunday in the Park with George," alongside Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford. The musical will take place at New York City Center.

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