Bergen in Discussions for Dance Lessons on Broadway

By Kenneth Jones
July 16, 2003

Tony Award nominee Polly Bergen is in talks to be the leading lady in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the Richard Alfieri play coming to Broadway with Mark Hamill as the dance partner.



Producer Rodger Hess confirmed Bergen is being sought for the audience-favorite play already seen in separate stagings in Los Angeles and Miami.

Rue McClanahan dropped out of the upcoming Broadway production by mutual consent with the producers, it was announced June 27.

A 2003-4 Broadway date, house and a new leading lady will be announced in coming weeks. "Star Wars" veteran Hamill remains with the show following his turn with McClanahan at Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse earlier this year.

Arthur Allan Seidelman continues as director of the new comedy about a widow who finds common ground with a gay dance teacher.

The comedy's producers are Rodger Hess, Marcia Seligson and Entpro Plays, Inc.

The play premiered two years ago at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, where Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce starred. Hagen, an acting legend, took ill and did not continue with the show, and David Hyde Pierce was committed to his work on TV's "Frasier."

The respected Bergen last appeared on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company's Cabaret and before that in Roundabout's Follies, as jaded Carlotta, singing "I'm Still Here."

Bergen, the stage, TV and concert/cabaret actress, was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for Follies.