Halle Berry Bows Out of Broadway’s “The Mountaintop”

Actress cites child custody issues as the reason for her absence.

Posted: 04/15/2011 11:28 AM EDT

Broadway audiences will be able get to The Mountaintop this fall, but they will be doing so without one Academy Award-winning actress.

Shadow and Act is reporting that Halle Berry is now out as the mysterious hotel maid Camae in Katori Hall’s award-winning play about the last night of Martin Luther King’s life before his assassination at the Lorraine Motel.

In what would have marked her Broadway debut, the show’s producers said in a statement that “Ms. Berry would not be appearing in the role due to child custody issues.”

But even without Berry, the production is still filled with A-listers. Samuel L. Jackson is on board to play King and Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon, who last helmed the Denzel Washington and Viola Davis revival of Fences, is set to direct the play at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. The Mountaintop, a “reimagining” of the last hours of the Civil Rights leader’s life where he’s “forced to confront his past as well as his legacy to his people,” first premiered in London in 2009.

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