Hamptons Celebrities Hit (and Miss) the Broadway Stage

Candice Bergen and Alan Alda will star in Love Letters
Candice Bergen and Alan Alda will star in Love Letters, Photos: Mark Mainz, Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Thinkstock

Some of our favorite Hamptons celebrities are back on Broadway this week, while one sports star decided not to appear.

Hamptons neighbors Candice Bergen and Alan Alda opened in the revival of A.R. Gurney’s classic play Love Letters last week. Their production of this comic portrait of two pen pals and the powerful connection of love runs through December 5 at Broadway’s Brook Atkinson Theater. A rotating cast of guest stars will take the stage in following Bergen and Alda’s run. Look for Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen in the coming months!

South Fork fan and former New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery unexpectedly bowed out of his starring role in Negative is Positive, an off-Broadway play at Manhattan’s Theater for the New City, just days before the show’s opening. An understudy reportedly took his place after Avery “snapped” during rehearsals and stormed off, never to return, according to TMZ. The gossip site reports that Avery believed a stage manager cussed at him, when he was actually offering the hockey player cum actor a slice of pizza. A unique character in hockey, Avery has also worked in fashion, as intern at Vogue magazine, a model and restaurateur. Since his retirement from the sport in 2012, he has worked at Lipman, an advertising and creative agency in Manhattan.

In other theater news, previews began last week for Bridgehampton resident Joy Behar’s one-woman show, Me, My Mouth & I. The show touches on many aspects of Behar’s personal and professional lives, including growing up in Brooklyn, becoming a comedian and her 16 years as co-host on The View. Behar developed the play through workshop presentations at Bucks County Playhouse, in New York City and Connecticut, according to press materials. The show runs at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre through December 21. The show officially opens on November 23.

Joy Behar
Joy Behar, Courtesy Bay Street Theatre

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