October 5, 2009

Broadway show stopped as actor falls ill

Sunday's matinee performance of the Broadway production of The Royal Family was halted when actor Tony Roberts fell ill, show representatives said.

Theatergoers told the New York Post Roberts, 69, began speaking incoherently shortly after making his entrance in the stage comedy, prompting some to speculate he had suffered a stroke.

He looked fine and moved around fine, but he was speaking nothing but gibberish for about a minute, audience member Roger Lorente told the Post. It was very strange. The curtain came down and the lights went up, and the usher asked if there were any doctors in the house.

Roberts reportedly was taken to Manhattan's Roosevelt Hospital where he was listed in a stable condition.

He's doing well, a cousin, who declined to give her name, told the newspaper. He's talking. I think he's going to be fine.

The show's spokesman said Sunday night's performance went on as scheduled with understudy Anthony Newfield taking over for Roberts.