Publicist cites family reasons for thesp's departure
First Ben Stiller and now Danny DeVito will not be seen on Broadway this season in that much-touted revival of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
DeVito’s agent, Michael Gruber of CAA, confirmed the actor has withdrawn from the production, set for a Broadway opening this winter. It would have marked DeVito’s Broadway debut.
Stiller announced his departure from the production in August shortly after he gave interviews heralding his grand return to Broadway. He appeared in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “The House of Blue Leaves” in 1986.
Stiller cited “the birth of my daughter” as the reason for dropping out of “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
Stan Rosenfield, DeVito’s longtime publicist, also mentioned family reasons for his client’s departure from the project. “His family is out here (in L.A.),” said Rosenfield. “He makes this decision with much regret. He was looking forward to doing the show.”
Mamet isn’t having much luck with high-profile actors this season. Downtown at the Public Theater, Kim Cattrall just vacated a top slot in the playwright’s “Boston Marriage,” due there in November. Kate Burton will now headline opposite the previously announced Martha Plimpton.
At least “Boston Marriage” will make it to Gotham. Daily Variety could not confirm if DeVito’s exit had postponed or canceled the Daniel Sullivan-helmed revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” — or sent its lead producer, Robert Cole, in search of other star power. Cole could not be reached for comment.
Major stars are fast turning into the major no-shows of the current legit season in Gotham.
Natasha Richardson’s pursuit of her film career caused the Roundabout to postpone indefinitely its production of “Miss Julie,” with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Over at the Signature Theater, Cynthia Nixon recently vacated that company’s current Lanford Wilson season of plays. The “Sex and the City” star may have the best reason for canceling her engagement in “Talley’s Folly”: The pregnant actress is due to give birth around the time of the play’s January preem date.