The understudy got the job — and the play’s opening will not be postponed.
Patricia Hodges, Mary Tyler Moore’s understudy in “Rose’s Dilemma,” will permanently replace the star who walked out of the off-Broadway show Wednesday after receiving a note from playwright Neil Simon criticizing her performance.
The troubled production will open as scheduled Dec. 18 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage I, Jim Byk, a spokesman for the theater, said Friday.
Moore reportedly stormed out of the theater Wednesday after receiving a letter, delivered by Simon’s wife, actress Elaine Joyce. The New York Post reported Friday that in the note, Simon told Moore “to learn her lines ‘or get out of my play.”’
In “Rose’s Dilemma,” Moore played a writer struggling to pay the bills and haunted by the ghostly presence of her dead lover, portrayed by John Cullum.
Refunds will be honored for “Rose’s Dilemma,” which runs through Feb. 1, Byk said.