According to producer David Richenthal, when no replacement for the departing Dennehy could be found, it was decided to close the show altogether. Among those whose services had been solicited were Charles Durning, Albert Finney and Stacy Keach.
According to reports, Dennehy asked to leave because he is exhausted and wishes to spend time with his family.
The acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman began life at Chicago's Goodman Theater, where Falls is artistic director, and began previews on Broadway Jan. 22. The show opened Feb. 10, 50 years to the day since the original production of Salesman bowed on Broadway.
Falls is currently rehearsing the new Disney musical, Aida, which will bow later this fall in Chicago and reach Broadway in spring 2000.
Death of a Salesman will be taped for Showtime later this month. The cable network will air the show in January 2000.
"We're taking the opportunity to make a permanent record of what many consider the greatest American play, on the 50th anniversary of it s premiere on Broadway," Showtime executive vice-president Mark Zakarin said.
For information on Death of a Salesman, call (212) 239-6200.