The six-time Emmy nominee, 64, perhaps best known for his turn as Norm on the classic sitcom Cheers, was cast to play Oscar in a production of The Odd Couple running at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois, but will now be replaced by Broadway actor Marc Grapey.
Theater executive director Timothy Evans tells the Tribune that Wendt is "getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery."
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Show director B.J. Jones spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times, adding, "George is family to us at Northlight and we wish him well for a complete and speedy recovery. He will be missed in the rehearsal room and on stage."
According to Timothy Evans, executive director of the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, a Chicago suburb where Wendt was set to star in a production of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," the Second City comedian "is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery."
Actor Marc Grapey, who was cast to play Murray, will replace Wendt as Oscar opposite "Saturday Night Live" alum Tim Kazurinsky's Felix. The play opens Nov. 9.
"All of us at Northlight wish George all the best for a speedy recuperation," said Evans.
Cheers to that!
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