Former Grease! star Adrian Zmed has replaced Jeff Conaway — of "Taxi" fame — in the two-person play Same Time, Next Year, which will begin a limited tour in the fall.
Conaway, who was to star opposite Mackenzie Phillips in the two-person comedy, withdrew from the production after breaking his arm. Zmed, star of the TV series "T.J. Hooker" and the hit film "Bachelor Party," will assume the role of George opposite Phillips' Doris, when the Bernard Slade two-hander plays the Shubert Theatre in New Haven from Sept. 17-22.
The duo then head to the Opera House in Lexington, KY for performances on Sept. 24 and 25. The complete tour itinerary as off press time follows:
Sept. 17-22 at the Shubert Performing Arts Center (New Haven, CT)
Sept. 24 and 25 at the Opera House in Lexington (Lexington, KY)
Sept. 27-Oct. 6 at the Playhouse Theatre (Wilmington, DE)
Oct. 8 and 9 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts (Portsmouth, OH)
Oct. 11 and 12 at the Macomb Center for the Perf. Arts (Clinton Township, MI)
Oct. 15 and 16 at the Sundome Performing Arts Center (Sun City West, AZ)
Oct. 19 at the Koger Center for the Arts (Columbia, SC)
Oct. 20 at the Grand Opera House (Macon, GA)
Oct. 21 at the Dixon Center for the Performing Arts (Andalusia, AL)
Oct. 22 at the Okaloosa-Walton Arts Center (Niceville, FL)
Oct. 24 at the Princess Theatre (Decatur, AL)
Oct. 27 at the Cumberland County Civic Center (Fayetteville, NC)
Oct. 29 at the Curfman Hall (Covington, VA)
Oct. 30 at the Maryland Theatre (Hagerstown, MD)
Oct. 31 at the State Theatre (Easton, PA)
Nov. 1 at the Union County Arts Center (Rahway, NJ)
Nov. 2 at the Garde Arts Center (New London, CT)
Nov. 3 at the Theatre at Queensborough Community College (Bayside, NY)
Nov. 5 at the George Hall Auditorium (Ogdensburg, NY)
Nov. 6 at the Capitol Centre (North Bay, Ontario)
Nov. 7 at the Centre in the Square (Kitchener, Ontario)
Nov. 8 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (Dearborn, MI)
Nov. 10 at the Irving L. Young Auditorium (Whitewater, WI)
Nov. 12-24 at the Victoria Theatre (Dayton, OH)
Both stars may tour the play again next season, a spokesman for the show said.
Zmed, who appeared with Phillips in the national tour of Grease!, has also starred in productions of Chicago, Falsettos and Blood Brothers. Phillips, best known for her work on TV's "One Day at a Time," has appeared in the films "American Graffiti," "Love Child," "When" and the Disney television show "So Weird." Directed by Curt Wollan, Same Time, Next Year concerns a couple — married to others — who rendezvous once a year over a period that spans 1951-1975. Each scene takes place exactly five years later.
Same Time, Next Year opened at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March 1975. Directed by Gene Saks, the production featured Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin. The show transferred to the Ambassador Theatre in May 1978 and played through September of that year. Burstyn repeated her role in the 1978 film, which co-starred "MASH" actor Alan Alda.
—By Andrew Gans