Valerie Harper won’t be returning to a Maine theater’s production of Nice Work If You Can Get It after she fell ill and was briefly hospitalized last week.
The Ogunquit Playhouse announced Saturday that veteran actress Brenda Vaccaro will take over Harper’s role in the musical, which runs through Aug. 15.
“Valerie is feeling great right now and we want her to continue to rest and to enjoy her family,” the theater’s executive artistic director Bradford Kenney said. “After discussing with them, we decided that we wanted to relieve her of any pressure of having to return to the show, which only runs for two more weeks. With Valerie’s blessing, the Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce that Brenda Vaccaro, star of film, television and stage, has arrived in Ogunquit to take over the role of Millicent Winter.”
On Friday, the former Mary Tyler Moore Show star, 75, took to Facebook to update fans on her condition.
“I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” she said. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves. I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life.”