- Associated Press - Thursday, December 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It won’t be such a jolly holiday for “Mary Poppins” star Dick Van Dyke.

The 84-year-old stage and screen veteran was forced to pull out of his new career-retrospective musical _ “Dick Van Dyke _ Step in Time! _ A Musical Memoir” _ after just one performance at the Geffen Playhouse in the Westwood section of Los Angeles.

According to the theater’s publicist, Allison Rawlings, the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor had been nursing an Achilles injury for several weeks and after Wednesday night’s performance, Van Dyke realized he’d be unable to continue on with the show’s monthlong run.

Rawlings said there were no plans to reschedule the show, which stepped back in time to review Van Dyke’s half-century career.

“I don’t know how it happened, because I never had a career plan,” mused Van Dyke in an earlier interview. “I had kids. And I had to work. And everything just worked out so I not only had a comfortable living, I enjoyed every minute of it _ and still am. This is my retirement.”

Van Dyke turns 85 on Monday.

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Online: https://www.geffenplayhouse.com

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