By Christine Ehren
and Kenneth Jones
11 Oct 2001
With four L.A. Ovation nominations (including two for the two-handers' stars, theatrical legend Uta Hagen and TV's David Hyde Pierce, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks has decided to go the Broadway route in April 2002. Back in July, when Dance Lessons first announced a move to New York City, producers Rodger Hess (Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Marcia Seligson (L.A.'s Reprise series) and Entpro Plays, Inc. were vacilating between a Broadway and Off-Broadway house for the Richard Alfieri comedy-drama, which made a huge hit at Los Angeles' Geffen Theatre.
With an as-yet-unnamed Broadway house found, Six Dance Lessons will be one of very few original plays to open in the 2001-02 season. The only certain contenders are QED, another Los Angeles transplant starring Alan Alda as scientist Richard Feynman and Neil Simon's latest comedy, 45 Seconds from Broadway. A new Edward Albee play, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? has also been mentioned as a possible Broadway entry for the spring.
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).
The Geffen Playhouse is at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA. For tickets or information, call (323) 933-9266 ext. 54.