By FRANK RIZZO, firstname.lastname@example.org
5:10 PM EST, January 14, 2013
Valerie Harper, a four-time Emmy Award and Tony Award-nominated actress, was hospitalized over the weekend in New York City where she was rehearsing for the tour of the comedy "Looped," which was set to begin later this month in Hartford.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that the run of the show, set for Jan, 24 to Feb. 6 at the 700-seat Belding Theater, will now play at the 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall May 7 to 12.
Harper, 73, was doing double duty in January, prepping for the tour and promoting her memoir "I, Rhoda," which will be in stores Wednesday. Harper canceled appearances set for Monday on "Good Morning, America" and "The Katie Couric Show," too.
The actress is expected to make a full recovery within weeks, according to the press release issued for the tour.
In the three-actor "Looped," Harper plays flamboyant actress Tallulah Bankhead, a role in which she was nominated for a Tony in 2010. The play, by Hartford native and Wethersfield-raised Matthew Lombardo, had a short run on Broadway. Rob Ruggiero, producing artistic director of Hartford's TheaterWorks, directed the Broadway production and was staging the show for the tour, which is also set to play Florida, Baltimore and Boston. Those three engagements have not been postponed, says a spokesman for the Bushnell.
"Val is in great spirits and she is getting stronger every day”, Lombardo said. “She is surrounded by the love and support of her husband and producer Tony Cacciotti, longtime friend and director Rob Ruggiero, and all the wonderful members of our 'Looped' family. She is very eager to get back to work.”
Harper played the iconic character of Rhoda Morgenstern for nine years, first of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and then on the spin-off series "Rhoda." She also replaced Linda Lavin in the Broadway production of "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" and then starred in the tour, which played the Bushnell. She also played former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the tour of "Golda's Balcony" which also played the Bushnell.
According to the Bushnell press releae: "All Bushnell patrons who have purchased tickets to 'Looped' will receive new tickets. For the May run, season ticket holders will now have their regular seats on their scheduled performance night or matinee in the Mortensen. Single-ticket buyers will be contacted by the Bushnell box office in the next several weeks and re-ticketed from their Belding seats to comparably-priced seats in Mortensen Hall."
The tour will now launch in Fort Lauderdale at The Parker Playhouse (Feb. 26 to March 3) followed by a Baltimore run at The Hippodrome Theatre (March 5 to 17) then to Boston at The Majestic Theatre (April 30 to May 5) followed by the run Hartford in May. More cities will be announced for the Summer/Fall of 2013 as that information becomes available, says a spokesman for the tour.
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