Since Nov. 19, Victor/Victoria has been running without its leading lady, Julie Andrews, who's been laid up with pneumonia. The 61-year-old actress, who missed performances in January owing to illness, then two weeks in March due to gallbladder surgery, is already scheduled to take a one-month vacation from the show beginning Jan. 7, when old friend Liza Minnelli will step in to take her place. Production spokesman Peter Cromarty told Playbill On-Line Andrews would not be back onstage tonight, Nov. 26, but would have a good chance of returning to the show sometime this week. If she were to return, it would be a rather short recuperation time considering the demands of Andrews' role/s (including quick changes and several solos).
Anne Runolfsson, who played Roxanne in the Broadway musical, Cyrano, and Lily in the national tour of The Secret Garden, has been understudying Andrews. "The show's been doing the usual business when understudies go on," Cromarty said, "about 50 percent. But the audiences give it a standing ovation -- the show's never missed a standing ovation -- and the audiences eat it up hook, line and sinker."
For more information on the Julie/Liza switch, check Playbill On-Line's story, "Liza Minelli Going Into Victor/Victoria." For tickets and information on Victor/Victoria call (212) 307-4100.