Maybe Mommie Dearest wasn’t just about Joan Crawford.
Academy award winning actress Faye Dunaway was fired from the Broadway-bound Tea At Five—a one-woman show by Matthew Lombardo detailing Katharine Hepburn’s tumultuous recovery after she suffered injuries from a car accident in 1983—after Dunaway reportedly “slapped and threw things” at backstage dressers who were trying to put her wig on.
Ok. I wanna play Faye Dunaway in the play where she plays Katherine Hepburn & is fired for being a monster.
K? Someone please write this?
Faye Dunaway fired from Broadway-bound 'Tea at Five' https://t.co/NDxViDLd9i
— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) July 24, 2019
[trying to put everything in terms my tiny brain can understand] "suddenly changing the star after a Boston run? what is this, Smash?"https://t.co/NU60RboiV5
— Jackson McHenry (@McHenryJD) July 24, 2019
Faye Dunaway fired by Broadway on the 10 year anniversary of her career being ended by Hilary Duff in 2009: pic.twitter.com/zL17OuYB67
— Theatre Critic Trump (@TrumpMusicals) July 24, 2019
The takeaway here is that the production staff at the Huntington deserves hazard pay because YIKES https://t.co/zZlhAVblLo
— Lauren Halvorsen (@halvorsen) July 24, 2019
The July 10th performance of the show was cancelled due to Dunaway’s erratic behavior.
Following the cancellation, Dunaway began yelling and screaming at the crew so fiercely that sources say the crew were “fearful for their safety.”
Bette Davis hated working with only two people: Miriam Hopkins and Faye Dunaway.
— Marcie Bianco (@MarcieBianco) July 24, 2019
Faye Dunaway difficult? Well, now I've heard everything
— Mike Scully (@scullymike) July 25, 2019
— Robbie Rozelle 🏳️🌈 (@divarobbie) July 24, 2019
I would pay Broadway prices to watch gay volunteers let Faye Dunaway slap them in the face.
— Adam Roberts (@heyadamroberts) July 25, 2019
Me whenever Faye Dunaway is trending: pic.twitter.com/VxvMeBv6bv
— Lisa Cohen (@gohnjuerin) July 24, 2019
Dunaway also reportedly behaved unprofessionally throughout the entire show and rehearsal process, not allowing staff—including the director and playwright—to physically look at her in the rehearsal room and never learning lines despite having over six months to learn the script.
“98 percent of the play came through the earpiece,” said a source to the New York Post, referring to the actress’s lines and blocking. She also insisted nobody wear white in rehearsals as it “distracted her”.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 24, 2019
Faye Dunaway as Katherine Hepburn in Tea at Five: pic.twitter.com/sOgNakHuMw
— Musical Theatre Witch (@divinekevinm) July 24, 2019
I told people who were jazzed about this show that there was zero chance it would ever make it to Broadway with this particular leading lady, and unfortunately I was correct. https://t.co/4ijFDXfH2P
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) July 24, 2019
— Adam Keleman (@ABKman) July 25, 2019
Rather than go to Broadway, the play will instead recast the role and go to London in the spring.
Dunaway last appeared on stage in 1982’s The Curse of the Aching Heart. She was due to return to the stage once before, in 1994’s revival of Sunset Boulevard, but was famously fired by Andrew Lloyd Webber before the show opened in Los Angeles.
look, just hire Martin Short to replace Faye Dunaway and get it over with already do I have to think of everything
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) July 25, 2019
academy award goes to Faye Dunaway for looking pissed off after not winning an Oscar for Chinatown pic.twitter.com/sgbz5qPeGt
— skylar 💫 (@darkvictoryy) July 16, 2019
thank god we still have faye dunaway pic.twitter.com/R5eedjpFB2
— laura (@judyhollidays) July 24, 2019
Honestly? If Faye Dunaway slapped me I'd finally take my career seriously. pic.twitter.com/JK7dck2An9
— Carly J Garber (@CarlyJGarber) July 24, 2019
What sounds like a more interesting play is the play about Faye Dunaway being fired from the play.
— Elizabeth Hackett (@LizHackett) July 25, 2019
Dunaway was traveling in Europe when the news broke and was unreachable for comment.
No word on whether wire hangers were allowed on set either.