Mary Tyler Moore Exits Rose's Dilemma
The role of Rose has been assumed by Moore's understudy, Patricia Hodges, who has appeared on Broadway in Design for Living, The Best Man, Six Degrees of Separation, and other shows. The cast of Rose's Dilemma also includes John Cullum, David Aaron Baker, and Geneva Carr; the production is directed by Lynne Meadow and features set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by William Ivey Long, and lighting design by Pat Collins.
"We are disappointed that the Neil Simon/Mary Tyler Moore collaboration did not work out," Meadow and Barry Grove said of the production, which is still scheduled to open on December 18. "We respect enormously the talents of both Ms. Moore and Mr. Simon." According to an item in Variety, a letter from Simon criticizing Moore's performance was received by the star prior to yesterday's matinee. Moore subsequently missed both performances yesterday.