Due to a change in his shooting schedule, Anthony LaPaglia who was announced to star with Susan Sarandon in The Flea Theatre's production of The Guys, will not appear. In his place one of Sarandon's "Lorenzo's Oil" co-stars Gerry Bamman will play the role for the Feb. 18-March 4 run according to Flea spokesperson Erik Sniedze.
Another change that had to be made due to prior commitments is the one time replacement of Sigourney Weaver for Sarandon. The actress who originated the role will perform on Feb. 20
Bamman's stage credits include the City Center Encores! concert of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Broadway's Uncle Vanya, Execution of Justice, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and The Cherry Orchard. His Off Broadway credits include his most lauded role as Richard Nixon in Nixon's Nixon which was directed by The Guys helmer and Bat artistic director Jim Simpson. Screen credits include the short-lived television show "Swans Crossing" and the films "Great Expectations," "Secret of My Success," "Pink Cadillac, Bloodhounds of Broadway," and both "Home Alone" movies.
Film actress Sarandon's credits range from "Thelma and Louise" to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Sarandon had four Academy Award nominations in the 1990s and finally won Best Actress for her portrayal in "Dead Man Walking."
* The Guys was workshopped at the Bat Theatre Company in Tribeca in December 2001 and returned Jan. 17-26 with Bill Murray and Weaver. The initial run consisted of nine workshop performances beginning Dec. 6 and running through Dec. 20, 2001, all at 7 PM. Flea spokesperson Erik Sniedze had told Playbill On-Line it was hoped The Guys would continue with other well-known actors taking over.
Jan. 29-Feb. 9, Bill Irwin took over Murray's role and plays opposite Weaver (Sex and Longing).
— by Ernio Hernandez
and David Lefkowitz