Andrea Martin has been forced to drop out of the Taylor Mac comedy "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus," after breaking four ribs in an accident during rehearsals. Martin, 72, said in a statement that she is heartbroken to leave the Broadway production, which also stars Nathan Lane. "I have tried to convince the doctor that my funny bone is stronger than my broken ribs," she said, but "regretfully I must follow the doctor's orders."
The actress will be replaced by Kristine Nielsen, who was to play a different role; Julie White takes over Nielsen's part. Producer Scott Rudin said in the statement that he was "heartsick" to lose Martin, but added that he was grateful to Nielsen and White "for stepping up and stepping in so swiftly."
"Gary" is set in the aftermath of the battles during the fall of the Roman Empire that conclude Shakespeare's first tragedy, "Titus Andronicus." The comedy focuses on the lowly servants (Lane and Nielsen) who are called in to clean up the bloody mess. The first preview has been pushed back from March 5 to March 9, but the show will open as scheduled on April 11 at the Booth Theatre. For more information, go to garyonbroadway.com.