Theater cancels opening show after Reinhold quits

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City dinner theater had to cancel its opening night of the play "Harvey" after a disgruntled Judge Reinhold resigned from the production.

New Theatre co-owner Richard Carrothers told The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1dYXZfc) the "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Beverly Hills Cop" star had appeared increasingly unhappy with everything related to the production.

The Overland Park theater canceled its opening-night show on Wednesday after Reinhold's abrupt departure. "Harvey" was instead opening Thursday after an afternoon matinee.

Kansas City-based actor Craig Benton was assuming the lead role in the whimsical 1944 comedy through Jan. 29, after which Los Angeles-based British actor Charles Shaughnessy takes over.

Reinhold said in an emailed statement that the theater provides "wonderful entertainment" and this production wouldn't be an exception, even without him.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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