Dick Van Dyke injures Achilles’ tendon; play at Geffen Playhouse cancelled


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‘I am hoping I am in good enough shape to do this,’ Dick Van Dyke said in an interview about his new play with The Times.

Alas, the show could not go on for the actor, who turns 85 on Monday.


An injured Achilles’ tendon has forced the cancellation of “Dick Van Dyke – Step in Time! – A Musical Memoir,” the Geffen Playhouse announced Thursday.

The play had begun previews and was scheduled to officially open Dec. 16 for a monthlong run at the playhouse’s second stage, the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.

“I very much wish that circumstances allowed me to share my stories at the Geffen this winter,” Van Dyke said in a statement released by the Geffen Playhouse. “Perhaps there will be an opportunity to revisit this sometime in the future, but in the meantime, I thank everyone for their understanding and support.”

The Geffen said ticketholders can choose between a refund, seeing the Dec. 17-Jan. 2 “Broadway Holiday” touring concert production of show tunes and holiday songs, or applying the cost toward a season subscription.

-- Mike Boehm


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