Bracco out, Gray in for full run

January 07, 2004|By Mary Carole McCauley

Actress Lorraine Bracco has dropped out of the entire two-week run of The Graduate at the Mechanic Theatre because of continuing family problems.

A theater spokesman had announced Monday that Bracco would skip performances through Sunday due to an unspecified family emergency. The actress, whose most famous role is that of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi in the television hit The Sopranos, has also been suffering from a bad case of bronchitis that has made it difficult for her to speak. But the actress was expected to return during the second week of the tour, Jan. 13-18, to portray the seductive Mrs. Robinson.

Yesterday, the spokesman said that actress Linda Gray, best-known for portraying Sue Ellen Ewing on the '80s television series Dallas, will step into Mrs. Robinson's stiletto heels for the entire run.

"There have been some number of calls to our box office today, but it's not like the phones have been ringing off the hook," said Marks Chowning, executive director of Clear Channel Baltimore.

Earlier this week, Gray completed a two-month stint portraying Mrs. Robinson in the national tour. She also played the part for six months in London, and replaced Kathleen Turner for two weeks on Broadway last year.

"We think people will be pleased and excited by Linda's performance," Chowning said. We encourage people to see the show."

For more information, patrons should call the venue where they bought their tickets: Ticketmaster at 410-481-7328, or at the Mechanic box office, 410-625-4230.

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