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
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.