Call Waiting: Jenna Elfman Broadway Debut in Nine Put On Hold

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Jenna Elfman, who was set to make her Broadway debut in Nine Oct. 7 replacing Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski, will not assume the role as of yet.
Jenna Elfman.
Jenna Elfman. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The revival's director David Leveaux postponed the actress' start, as stated in a release, "Leveaux felt it appropriate that since Ms. Elfman joined the production later than the other incoming actors, she be allowed the same amount of rehearsal time."

Understudy Sara Gettelfinger will make the daring aerial entrance in the "A Call From the Vatican" number as Carla in the interim. A new start date for Elfman will be announced shortly.

John Stamos (replacing Antonio Banderas), Eartha Kitt (assuming Chita Rivera's role) and Marni Nixon (taking over for Mary Beth Peil) will join current stars Mary Stuart Masterson and Rebecca Luker in the Tony Award-winning revival, Oct. 7.

Elfman, known to television audiences as the wild wife on "Dharma and Greg," was the first actress mentioned for the title role in the Broadway-bound revival of Sweet Charity to be produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Clear Channel Entertainment. Marisa Tomei was later announced for the show's workshop, but, in an ironic twist, was replaced by Krakowski.

Elfman, also a classically trained ballerina, has appeared in such films as "Grosse Pointe Blank," "Can't Hardly Wait," "Edtv," "Keeping the Faith" and "Town and Country." She will be seen next in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," set for a Nov. 14 release.

The new David Leveaux staging of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Nine began at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 21 and opened April 10 with Banderas opposite a cast of women including Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti and Mary Stuart Masterson. The show, originally scheduled through June 29, will end its limited run Jan. 4, 2004.

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49 St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

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