New York City hasn't seen the last of Henry Goodman.
The former Max Bialystock of Broadway's The Producers has been confirmed for the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming rendition of Moliere's classic comedy about a lecherous zealot who holds a family in thrall, Tartuffe. The play, starring Brian Bedford as Orgon and Goodman in the title role, will begin in December.
Last spring, the respected British actor Goodman was announced with much ballyhoo as the man who would step into Nathan Lane's Tony-winning shoes in The Producers. The actor took over as Max on March 19 and was due to open in the show in early May. He was terminated from the job following the Sunday, April 14 matinee performance, informed of the decision by his London agent over the phone.
Goodman was replaced with Lane's longtime understudy, Brad Oscar. It was Oscar who reopened the show alongside Steven Weber (to a new set of splendid reviews).
Goodman previously acted on Broadway in Art. Just days after the actor's well publicized dismissal from Broadway's The Producers, there were reports that Barry and Fran Weissler were courting the thespian for their long-running Broadway production of Chicago—a show Goodman had played in London. That plan did not materialize. Joe Dowling will direct Tartuffe.
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