Tony Award winner Andrea Martin has withdrawn from the upcoming Broadway production of Taylor Mac’s Gary following an injury sustained during rehearsals. Due to the casting change, the company will now welcome fellow Tony Award winner Julie White to the cast, joining Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen.
Tony nominee Nielsen, who had originally been cast as midwife Carol, will now assume Martin's role of lowly servant Janice opposite Lane's Gary—both tasked with cleaning up the bodies after a bloody civil war. Performances will now begin March 11 at the Booth Theatre, instead of the previously announced March 9. Opening night of the George C. Wolfe-directed production is still scheduled for April 11.
Martin bows out on doctors' orders after breaking four ribs while in rehearsal. "I am heartbroken to have to leave the production and have tried to convince the doctor that my funny bone is stronger than my broken ribs," she said in a statement. "I love everyone involved in this beautiful play and will miss them profoundly. I will be cheering them on from the audience at the Booth Theatre."
White last appeared on Broadway in another comical sequel to a dramatic classic: A Doll's House, Part 2 (also produced by Scott Rudin). She earned a Tony Award in 2007 for The Little Dog Laughed and was nominated in 2015 for Airline Highway.