During the first 2 years of the last tour, it played at a theater literally 1/2 mile from the door of the theater where my daughter did Annie this past Christmas. I think that was part of the hold up... I just think they were not sure if the tour would be returning there last year. When it was determined the tour would NOT return to the town, they did give the rights.
Not sure why though, as it was always a 2-nighter anyhow the last few years and one of the new cast members LIVED in that town this time around... I bet they would have made a KILLING there this time if they had actually done it.