By Kenneth Jones
26 Feb 2013
The national tour also features Brian Hutchison (recreating his Broadway turn as sound editor Danny Miller) and Matthew Montelongo (playing Steve, a sound technician). Powers played the former fiance of Bankhead's character's dead son in the film that inspired the events of Looped. The Fort Lauderdale, FL, engagement ends March 3.
Looped — about the encounter between a late-career Tallulah Bankhead and a sound editor who is overseeing her recording of a line of dialogue for the 1965 film "Die! Die! My Darling!" — is again directed by Rob Ruggiero. During production, Bankhead had trouble re-recording the infamous line, "And so Patricia, as I was telling you, that deluded rector has in literal effect closed the church to me," which sparks the play.
Powers is best known for starring in the television series "Hart to Hart" with Robert Wagner and received two Emmy Award and five Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. She starred in Paper Mill Playhouse's revival of Applause, which also toured. She also starred in TV's "The Girl From UNCLE," penned the memoir "One From the Hart," acted in the West End productions of Matador, The King and I and Love Letters (the latter, with "Hart to Hart" co-star Robert Wagner, also toured the U.S.). She has appeared on many stages throughout the country.
As reported on Jan. 28, doctors advised four-time Emmy Award winner Harper, best known for playing TV's Rhoda," to take an immediate medical leave after having recently been hospitalized during rehearsals for the tour of Looped. Harper recently wrote about her experience with lung cancer in her new memoir, "I, Rhoda."
Harper flew back to Los Angeles with her husband Tony Cacciotti where she is receiving continuing treatment and medical care.
"It is with deep sadness and regret that I will be unable to honor my commitment to the tour of Looped," Harper said in statement. "This play has been such a gift and it was my hope and intention to play this role again in the upcoming tour. But given my doctor's recent recommendations, I must now put all my energy into getting well and renewing my strength."
She added, "Stefanie is the perfect choice to take over this role. She is extraordinarily talented and will make one terrific Tallulah! I have called to give her my blessing and I urge everyone to go out and see this hysterically funny play and support Stefanie's participation."
Playwright Lombardo also penned Broadway's High and Off-Broadway's Tea at Five.
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