There's been a cast change in the upcoming Second Stage revival of Beth Henley's Pulitzer-winning Crimes of the Heart. Missy Yager, who had been announced to play sister Babe, has been replaced by Mary Catherine Garrison. A production spokesman cited "artistic differences."
Garrison made her Broadway debut last year in The Man Who Came to Dinner at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
The play stars Amy Ryan (as Meg), Enid Graham (as Lenny) and Garrison as sisters, with Murney as Chick Boyle, their cousin. Ryan recently finished a run in the brutal Saved at Theatre for a New Audience. Graham's credits included Look Back in Anger at CSC and Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages. In the past year, Murney has performed in three high-profile Off Broadway musicals at Manhattan Theatre Club: The Wild Party, A Class Act and Time and Again.
Previews for Crimes of the Heart begin April 3, with an opening on April 16.
Garry Hynes, Tony-winning director of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, has long been slated as director. Enid Graham (Honour, Look Back in Anger) will play Lenny, Amy Ryan (currently in Saved) is Meg, and Missy Yager is Babe. Henley's 1981 play about kooky Southern sisters has remained a staple of regional and community playhouses. More recent plays have included the poorly-received Family Week this season and Impossible Marriage, starring Holly Hunter and Lois Smith, at the Roundabout Theater Company. Other Henley works include The Wake of Jamey Foster (on Broadway in 1982) and The Miss Firecracker Contest.
—By Robert Simonson