Rue McClanahan has withdrawn from “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.”
Richard Alfieri’s new play had been skedded for a late September berth on Broadway, with Mark Hamill co-starring.
Under the direction of Arthur Allan Seidelman, the McClanahan/Hamill starrer performed earlier this year at Florida’s Coconut Grove Playhouse.
A written release stated that the actress had decided “to pursue other opportunities and not continue with the production by mutual agreement with the producers.”
McClanahan added, “I deeply regret that we have been unable to come to an agreement.”
A new leading lady and opening date are to be confirmed in the near future. The stage comedy is being produced by Rodger Hess, Marcia Seligson and Entpro Plays.
Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce performed in the world premiere of “Lessons” at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse in 2001.
Also Broadway-bound, that production failed to materialize in Gotham the following year due to Hagen’s ill health.