Six Dance Lessons Box Office Opens Sept. 22; Hamill and Bergen Begin Their Beguine Oct. 7

By Kenneth Jones
September 22, 2003

The Belasco Theatre box office for Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opens 10 AM Sept. 22.

Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill star in Richard Alfieri's play, directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. Performances begin Oct. 7 toward an opening of Oct. 29.

In Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, "Polly Bergen portrays Lily Harrison, a formidable Florida retiree who has hired a dance instructor for six weeks," according to production notes. "Much to her dismay, she is greeted by an acerbic, transplanted New Yorker, Michael Minetti (Mark Hamill). After a rocky start, Michael and Lily soon learn they have more in common than either could have imagined."

It's billed as a comedy about "the nature of friendship" that "invites us to cherish the partners we choose."

Producers are Rodger Hess; Marcia Seligson; Entpro Plays, Inc.; Carolyn S. Chambers; Sight, Sound and Action, Ltd.; Brantley M. Dunaway, Judy Arnold, and Patricia Greenwald.

The Belasco is at 111 W. 44th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. The schedule for Six Dance Lessons will be will be 7 PM Tuesdays, 8 PM Wednesday through Saturdays, with matinees 2 PM Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3 PM Sundays.

Tickets ($25-$80) are also available through Telecharge by calling (212) 239-6200.

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The play recently completed a successful Berlin engagement at the Renaissance Theater. That production will open shortly at the Theater in Der Josefstadt in Vienna, and will then return to be in repertory at the Renaissance Theater. Additional productions are planned for Essen and Koblenz in October, and Hamburg in February 2004. A tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland will begin in the fall of 2004. Elke Sommer will star in a Dusseldorf production in September 2004 before doing the play in Scandinavia. In January 2004, it will open at the Beit Lessen Theatre in Tel Aviv.

In the U.S., the play was first seen in a Los Angeles area run starring Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce. Rue McClanahan and Mark Hamill later played the roles at Coconut Grove Playhouse in South Florida.