Leigh Zimmerman, who starred in the West End production of Contact, has landed the role of the blonde bombshell secretary originated on Broadway by Tony winner Cady Huffman. According to her official website, Zimmerman will join the previously announced Richard Dreyfuss (as Max Bialystock) and Lee Evans (as Leo Bloom). The hit musical will open Nov. 9 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; previews begin Oct. 22. On Broadway Leigh Zimmerman has appeared in The Will Rogers Follies, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Chicago. Her West End credits include The Seven Year Itch, Chicago and Contact. Zimmerman's screen credits include "Home Alone II," "Spencer for Hire," "Central Park West," "One Life to Live," "Another World" and "Guiding Light."
The Producers opened on Broadway in March 2001, winning a record 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Other awards include 11 Drama Desks and eight Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. Mel Brooks penned the book (with Thomas Meehan), music and lyrics. Choreography is by Susan Stroman, with scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, sound by Steve C. Kennedy and orchestration by Doug Besterman. The entire original creative team will return to the production for London.