Mary Tyler Moore Quits Rose's Dilemma

News   Mary Tyler Moore Quits Rose's Dilemma Mary Tyler Moore has withdrawn from the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Rose's Dilemma, apparently due to artistic differences with playwright Neil Simon.
Mary Tyler Moore and John Cullum in Rose's Dilemma
Mary Tyler Moore and John Cullum in Rose's Dilemma

The role of Rose is currently being played by Patricia Hodges. Moore was "out sick" for the Wednesday Dec. 3 matinee and evening shows. Variety reported that Neil Simon wrote Moore a letter critical of her performance prior to the Wednesday matinee. MTC confirmed she has quit the staging, directed by Lynne Meadow, and featuring John Cullum.

On behalf of Manhattan Theatre Club, artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove said Dec. 4, "We are disappointed that the Neil Simon/Mary Tyler Moore collaboration did not work out. We respect enormously the talents of both Ms. Moore and Mr. Simon."