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Further cast changes for The Producers

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FURTHER cast changes have just been announced for The Producers. From August 29, 2005, Don Gallagher will take over as cross-dressing director, Roger De Bris, with Stephen Matthews as his camp assistant, Carmen Ghia - the roles created in the London production by Conleth Hill and James Dreyfus.

Previously Posted: Cast changes have been announced for the critically-acclaimed musical, The Producers which is currently booking until the end of October 2005 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Taking over the Lee Evans role - manic accountant Leo Bloom - will be John Gordon Sinclair (pictured), while American musical star, Fred Applegate takes on the larger-than-life impressario, Max Bialystock, previously played by Brad Oscar - both from April 25, 2005.


Sinclair is no stranger to theatre and was last seen in the West End in Sweet Panic. His other stage credits include Filumena, When I Was A Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, The Common Pursuit, Gasping and She Loves Me for which he won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best Actor In A Musical.

His TV appearances, too, are numerous and include Murder in Mind, Bergerac, An Actor's Life For Me and Nelson's Column. He also starred alongside Prunella Scales and Jane Horrocks in the popular Tesco's advertisements.

And, of course, he will always be remembered for his role in the film Gregory's Girl.

Applegate is already well- acquainted with Max, having played him more than 800 times during the show's Broadway run and US tour. He has also appeared on stage, in The Sound of Music and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

And, like Sinclair, his TV credits are numerous. They include Will and Grace, ER, Seinfeld and Northern Exposure.

The Producers opened in London in November, 2004, and has already won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.

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