A Second Act for Garth Drabinsky?

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Garth Drabinsky, the Canadian theatrical producer who was convicted of fraud and forgery — and is facing jail time — is hoping to make a comeback, according to the Toronto Star.

"Theatre insiders" told the paper that despite his conviction for actions that toppled Livent — the production company that launched Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Fosse, Show Boat and Barrymore — Drabinsky has three Canadian projects lined up for 2010 and 2011.

The shows are Christopher Plummer in Barrymore (again); Colm Wilkinson in a staging of Finian's Rainbow; and an all-black revival of Spider Woman.

Drabinsky and his convicted producing partner, Myron Gottlieb, are free on bail pending an appeal.

Plummer won a Tony Award playing actor John Barrymore in the Drabinsky-produced play by William Luce. Drabinsky wants to open it in February 2011 at Toronto's Elgin Theatre, the Star reported, and then present it in London's West End. There was also talk that the stage show might be filmed.

No official announcements have been made about any of these projects.

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