Jeffrey Tambor Withdraws from Broadway's La Cage aux Folles
By Andrew Gans
Six-time Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development," "The Larry Sanders Show") has withdrawn from the role of Georges in the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles following the Feb. 24 performance at the Longacre Theatre.
Chris Hoch, who regularly plays the role of Francis and understudies the role of Georges, will play Georges opposite Tony winner Harvey Fierstein at the Feb. 25 performance. Casting for the role of Georges will be announced soon.
"Jeffrey Tambor was experiencing complications from recent hip surgery and the pain and the challenge of performing in a musical eight times a week proved to be too physically demanding," the producers of the musical said in a statement. "We respect his talent enormously and regretfully accept his withdrawal from the production."
The New York Post painted a slightly different picture in the Feb. 25 edition of the New York daily, saying the Emmy-nominated actor was vocally uncomfortable in his musical debut and has been "by turns anguished and angry."
Tambor and Fierstein began performances Feb. 15 at the Longacre Theatre. Five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer and 2010 Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge played their final performance together Feb. 13.
Jeffrey Tambor made his Broadway debut in 1976 in the comedy Sly Fox and appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Measure for Measure that same year. In 2005, he returned to Broadway in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
La Cage aux Folles, about a gay couple who run a St. Tropez drag club, features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. This production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction. It won the 2010 Best Revival (Musical) Tony.
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