By Robert Simonson
13 Oct 2003
Gettelfinger assumes the role that was initially announced for Jenna Elfman. Elfman was to have begun her run on Oct. 7, but never appeared.
A statement from the Roundabout said, "Due to the volume of Broadway productions scheduled to open within the next two months, the production must maintain the originally scheduled re-opening date of Tuesday, October 28 with a new leading company... Ms. Elfman would not have had a proper preview period performing the role of Carla. We hope to have the opportunity to work with Ms. Elfman at a date that is mutually beneficial."
A statement from Elfman read : "Nine has a very beautiful, complex, and challenging score and I want to make sure that I have enough time to prepare so that I can deliver the quality of performance as a professional that I demand of myself. Being on Broadway is a dream of mine and if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it when it's right and I'm ready."
Director David Leveaux, also, had something to say: "Any company member preparing for Nine and the demands of an eight show week is entitled to be protected by realistic rehearsal time. The recent circumstances of Jenna's current working schedule made it uncomfortably tight for her satisfaction and mine to open in the show immediately, so she and I agreed to find a later moment for her to join us. She is a major actress, and as such has even higher standards for herself than many might demand of her. I think her decision this time around was as typically responsible as it was deeply thought through, and is a measure of her seriousness. Her work with us so far has been absolutely exhilarating and of course we look forward to welcoming her into Nine at a moment that feels right to her."
Gettelfinger began in the production in the role of Maria. She was recently announced to make the daring aerial entrance in the "A Call From the Vatican" number as Carla, while a new start date for Elfman was being determined.
Gettelfinger joins the new Nine stars John Stamos (who replaced Antonio Banderas), Eartha Kitt (assumed Chita Rivera's role) and Marni Nixon (in for Mary Beth Peil), as well as current stars Mary Stuart Masterson and Rebecca Luker in the Tony Award winning revival.
Gettelfinger has appeared on Broadway in The Boys From Syracuse, Anything Goes and Seussical. Other credits include Fosse (national tour), Tenderloin, Carnival (Encores!) and Company (Helen Hayes Theatre).
The new David Leveaux staging of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Nine began at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 21 and opened April 10. The show, originally scheduled through June 29, is now an open run.
Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49 St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.