Foss, Kerns, Kurtz, Setlock and More to Star in Heart of the City; Leo Withdraws

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26 May 2009

Mark Setlock, Melissa Miller and Scott Kerns
Mark Setlock, Melissa Miller and Scott Kerns
Melissa Leo, the Frozen River Academy Award nominee who had been announced to head the cast of Off-Broadway's Heart of the City, has withdrawn from the production, which will begin performances at the Theatre at 30th Street June 11.

Leo withdrew to star in David O. Russell's "The Fighter"; she will play the mother of Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg's characters.

In a statement Leo said, "I truly regret not being able to go on with this project, which has meant so much to me. Being part of its development will always be a special memory, but how do you say no to working with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale? Seriously, I am terribly disappointed to not be able to take Heart of the City to the next level and wish it much success."

Producers announced May 26 that the cast will feature Eliza Foss, Scott Kerns, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Martin LaPlatney, Melissa Miller and Mark Setlock.

Eric Lane's play, directed by Martha Banta, will run through June 28.



Heart of the City, according to press notes, "is the quintessential New York tale — from a woman on the ultimate date-from-hell; to a mismatched romance on the Brooklyn IRT; to a young artist trying to juggle inspiration and a survival job; to a couple hoping to conceive a child; plus a lesson on the proper way to make a Matzo ball. This new play artfully combines humor, joy, sorrow, love and romance as it takes you on a dazzling ride of the heart."

Fern Kershon and Orange Thought Productions produce.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8 PM, with matinees Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

The Theatre at 30th Street is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues; to purchase tickets, priced $18, visit Smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444.

For more information visit www.heartofthecitytheplay.com.