TV's David Hyde Pierce and theatrical legend Uta Hagen will not reprise their roles in Broadway's Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks when the show arrives in fall 2002, according to Variety's Army Archerd (April 10).
A spokesperson for Six Dance Lessons did not confirm Archerd's information, but said a casting announcement is forthcoming, and that Six Dance Lessons is still on track for a fall opening.
Hagen's medical situation, complicated by what has been reported as a stroke, prevented Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks from arriving on Broadway in the spring as originally planned. The stalwart star was said to have expressed her wish to continue with the show when the delay was announced in late January.
Six Dance Lessons premiered at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse in May 2001, where it extended multiple times and was a huge success, partly thanks to 81-year-old star Hagen and Hyde Pierce. The play received four 2001 Ovation Awards in the fall.
Six Dance Lessons teams a feisty minister's wife (played by Hagen) with a heartbroken dance teacher (played by Hyde Pierce) who has relocated to Florida from New York City. The characters foxtrot, tango and tangle their way through an assortment of lessons about love, loss and friendship and each based around a specific dance style. Arthur Allan Seidelman directs. *
Hagen's career is highlighted with classical and contemporary roles, including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Broadway's The Country Girl and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Off-Broadway's Collected Stories, among many other works.
Hyde Pierce is widely know as Niles on TV's "Frasier" but has years of theatre roles to his credit.
Rodger Hess (Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Marcia Seligson (L.A.'s Reprise series), Fran and Barry Weissler and Entpro Plays, Inc. will produce the Broadway run.