Danny DeVito Drops Out of Broadway Glengarry

News   Danny DeVito Drops Out of Broadway Glengarry In a not altogether surprising development, Danny DeVito has exited the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. The departure follows the loss of the show's other star, Ben Stiller, last month.

Producers still plan to go ahead with the revival and are currently casting about for new stars, a production spokesman told Playbill On-Line. Depending on how quickly the casting process goes, Glengarry may hold to its announced start-up date of Jan. 7, 2003. However, the mounting may be pushed back to the 2003-04 Broadway season. Film star Ben Stiller was to have played hot shot real estate shark Roma, but dropped out in early August. "My priorities changed after the birth of my daughter," Stiller told gossip maven Liz Smith, "and the reality of being separated from my family for the better part of eight months caused me to rethink my commitment."

DeVito, too, is seemingly a devoted family man. Variety reported that he chose to remain in L.A., where he can be closer to his family. DeVito was to have played the lead role of Shelly Levine. Previews were to have begun Jan. 7, 2003.

DeVito, star of "Taxi" on the small screen and "Romancing the Stone" and "Throw Mamma From the Train" on the large, has never before appeared on Broadway.