Friday, May 24, 2024

Faye Dunaway Has Done Away with Broadway Debut of “Tea at Five,” as She’s Left the Production


Back in March I told you I was rooting for Faye Dunaway’s Broadway debut this fall as Katharine Hepburn in “Tea at Five.”

But after a good run in Boston this spring, Dunaway has been done away with by the producers. They announced today that Faye will not be coming to New York in the one woman show.

Oscar winner Dunaway got good notices in Boston. But even on opening night critics noticed she was having trouble with her lines. They also thought she was too good for the material. The play itself, tried years earlier with Kate Mulgrew, was never a favorite of anyone.

So maybe the producers got the jump by announcing Faye was out before she could– see “All About Eve” for the vicious way that game is played.

Faye really got screwed in the press 40 years ago for doing “Mommie Dearest.”  Her career never recovered. I’ve never known a male actor who was punished for all eternity for one bad movie. John Travolta’s made 200 bad movies and keeps coming back. But she’s never stopped working or trying to make good projects. I’m sure she’ll have something better soon.

Hey Ryan Murphy– this is your bailiwick. Give us back Faye Dunaway!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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