Theatrical legend Uta Hagen's medical situation, complicated by what has been reported as a stroke, will prevent Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks from arriving on Broadway this spring. The stalwart performer wishes to recover fully before attempting the two-hander in New York.
Six Dance Lessons was to have had an April 28 opening at the Booth Theatre but will instead postpone to fall 2002. Rodger Hess (Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Marcia Seligson (L.A.'s Reprise series), Fran and Barry Weissler and Entpro Plays, Inc. were to produce.
Six Dance Lessons premiered at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, where it extended multiple times and was a huge success, partially thanks to stars Hagen and "Frasier"'s David Hyde Pierce. The play recieved four Ovation Awards this fall.
In Six Dance Lessons, Hagen plays a feisty minister's wife who takes dance lessons from a heartbroken dance teacher (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. Pierce is widely know as Niles on TV's "Frasier" but has years of theatre credits behind him. Designers are Roy Christopher (set), Helen Butler (costume), Tom Ruzika (lighting) and Philip G. Allen (sound).