Change Partners: Leg Ailment Keeps Polly Bergen Out of Six Dance Lessons

By Kenneth Jones
November 12, 2003

Mark Hamill has a new temporary partner in the Broadway comedy, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.



Due to the recurrence of a previous leg ailment, Tony Award-nominated Polly Bergen has been out of the two-character play by Richard Alfieri since the matinee Saturday Nov. 8.

The role of Lily Harrison will continue to be performed by standby Kathleen Doyle in Bergen's absence until she returns to the show, according to a spokesperson.

Bergen played half of the Nov. 8 matinee before Doyle took over and was out Saturday night. She played two scenes of the play Sunday, and then Doyle stepped in.

Doyle is a Barrymore Award-winning actress who appeared in The Effect of Gamma Rays... in Philadelphia, Broadway's female version of The Odd Couple, Off-Broadway's Kilt, The Women of Lockerbie, Avow, Angel Street and Invitation to a Funeral.

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Cutting a rug at the Belasco, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opened Oct. 29 following previews since Oct. 7. Arthur Allan Seidelman directs.

The play, about a Florida widow and a bitter ex-New Yorker who teaches dancing, was a regional hit in Los Angeles and Florida and has international productions budding.

At the Belasco, Bergen appeared in the recent Broadway revival of Follies that earned her a Tony Award nomination.

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.