Film star Ben Stiller was to have played hot shot real estate shark Roma, but suddenly dropped out of the production in early August. "I've made the difficult decision to withdraw from [the play]," Stiller told gossip maven Liz Smith. "My priorities changed after the birth of my daughter, and the reality of being separated from my family for the better part of eight months caused me to rethink my commitment. We decided this would be the best thing for us."
No replacement for Stiller has been named.
DeVito, who is scheduled to play the downsliding has-been Shelly Levine in Mamet's Pulitzer Prize winner, commented on Stiller's decision. "Glengarry Glen Ross is one of my favorite plays ever. I know it must be tough for Ben. So much has changed for the three of them in a few months. I don't know who will replace him. I'm leaving that to the director and producer."
Stiller, the son of actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, first made his name on television and then as an actor, writer and director in such off beat films as "Reality Bites," "Flirting with Disaster," "Something About Mary" and "Zoolander." DeVito, star of "Taxi" on the small screen and "Romancing the Stone" and "Throw Mamma From the Train" on the large, will play the central role of desperate, aging real estate salesman Shelly "The Machine" Levine. Levine, whose sales have been slack in recent years, turns desperately to petty crime in Mamet's punchy, profane look at the curdled American Dream. Robert Prosky and Joe Mantegna starred in the original Broadway mounting.
Glengarry will be David Mamet's first Broadway outing since The Old Neighborhood several seasons back.