Brian Dennehy, star of the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, was released from the hospital earlier today (March 16) and is resting comfortably at home, according to production spokesperson, Richard Kornberg.
Dennehy was taken to the hospital early Sunday morning (March 14). Sources who saw the Saturday night performance of Salesman said Dennehy looked weak and flushed. Kornberg told PBOL (March 15), "He did the Saturday night performance and went home still feeling cruddy. He went to St. Claire's on Sunday morning, and they transferred him to St. Vincent because St. Vincent's has the Coronary care. They ran a bunch of tests, and they found Brian had hypertension. They had to do further tests, to make sure it wasn't a minor heart attack -- and it wasn't, it was hypertension."
Regardless of recent health problems, Dennehy will, as planned, go on television's "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" on Wednesday, March 17. After that, Dennehy will visit his doctor, who will then decide if Dennehy can do both the matinee and the evening performance on March 17, or just one of them. If the doctor constricts him to one performance, the matinee will be canceled, with Dennehy's Willy Loman returning Wednesday night.
The Sunday matinee (March 14) and the March 16 performances have already been canceled. Dennehy has no understudy in Salesman.
Kornberg added that Dennehy had wanted to do the Tuesday performance, but doctors convinced him it was too soon. Dennehy is the veteran of many films, including "First Blood," "F/X," and "Cocoon," as well as stage productions of Galileo and The Iceman Cometh.