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Zimmerman heads for Producers after Couch session

Story by Jack Foley

THE Girl in the Yellow Dress, who provided such a mesmerising presence, in posters and on stage, for Contact last year, in the West End, is in big demand, if her current schedule is anything to go by.

Leigh Zimmerman is to join the cast of the keenly-anticipated London version of The Producers, alongside Richard Dreyfuss and Lee Evans, as well as a new comedy at The King’s Head Theatre, from March 29 to April 25.

The comedy in question is Carl Djerassi’s Three on a Couch, a three-hander, set in New York, about an egomaniac writer, his neurotic shrink and a cross but beautiful wife.

It co-stars Rolf Saxon (Chicago, The Graduate, The Seven Year Itch) and Owen Brenman (One Foot in the Grave) and is a keenly anticipated work from Djerassi, a world-famous scientist, best known for the synthesis of the contraceptive pill in the 1960s.

Three on a Couch will be directed by Andy Jordan and designed by Nicky Shaw.

Following her Fringe run at the King’s Head, Zimmerman, an American whose Broadway credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Crazy for You and Follies, will head back to the West End for the Broadway transfer of Mel Brooks’ award-winning The Producers.

She will play Ulla, starring alongside Dreyfuss and Evans, as washed-up theatre producer, Max Bialystock and his timid accountant, Leo Bloom, who hatch a scheme to make a fortune by presenting a sure-fire flop, called Springtime for Hitler.

It is a considerable coup for the talented actress, who first came to West End prominence in Chicago, before her eye-catching turn in last year’s Contact, which was also choreographed and directed by Susan Stroman.

The London production of The Producers will also reunite the rest of the original Broadway creative team, including scenic designer, Robin Wagner; costume designer, William Ivey Long, and Steve C Kennedy, on sound.

The musical is presented in London by Rocco Landesman, David Ian for Clear Channel Entertainment, the Frankel Baruch Viertel Routh Group, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Rick Steiner, Robert FX Sillerman and Mel Brooks in association with James D Stern/Douglas Meyer.

And it will receive its London premiere at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on November 9, 2004, with previews from October 22.

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