Monday, June 17, 2024

Broadway: “The Minutes” Turned Into Seconds Last Night With Main Cast Out from COVID


Last night theater patrons got a surprise at the Roundabout Theater on 54th St.

Six of the main 11 actors at “The Minutes” by Tracey Letts were out of the show including Tracey Letts, Blair Brown, and Austin Pendleton were among those who had a separate piece of paper in the Playbill announcing their understudies would fill in for them.

“The Playbills were filled with paper,” said a patron.

No disrespect, but a lot of the audience came to see the principal players. There were some exits minutes before the lights went down. And some stayed to see a great play anyway.

COVID remains an issue all over Broadway, which is why masks should be required and vaccine cards should be checked. Other shows are suffering from this as well. Lets hope “The Minutes” don’t take hours to recover!

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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