Please propose contemporary performers you think would be right to perform the roles of Max Bialystock, Leo Bloom, Franz Liebkin, L.S.D., Roger DeBris, Carmen Ghia and, of course, Ulla.
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Here are the results so far:
From Jay Clark:
MAX: Harvey Fierstein
LEO: Rick Moranis
FRANZ LIEBKIND: Roseanne
L.S.D.: Steve Martin
ROGER DEBRIS: Charles Busch
CARMEN GIYA: Martin Short
ULLA: Lisa Kudrow
Of course, not even the ghost of Florenz Ziegfeld could afford this cast, but wouldn't they be fun in the roles?
From Stephen Rourke (Srrurhino@aol.com):
As a Broadway musical? Well, it's no weirder than the original idea, and yet the film is one of my all-time favorites. I have it on tape--it never fails to make me laugh!
I haven't worked out the whole cast, but I second the nomination of Lane as Max. And how about pairing him with Jason Alexander as Leo? What a combination that would be!
Well, if you want to do it right . . .
Max Bialystock . . . George Hearn
Leo Blume . . . Justin Kirk (Old Wicked Songs)
Franz Liebkind . . . Leo Burmester (Buried Child)
L.S.D. . . Timothy Carhart (By The Sea, By The Sea ...)
Roger De Bris . . . Alan Oppenheimer (Sunset Blvd.)
Carmen Giya . . . .Henry W. Schlemmer (Cocoanuts)
Ulla . . . Rachel York (Victor/Victoria)
As Max, Nathan Lane - who else can play a Zero Mostel-created role? And as Bloom, how about Mark-Linn Baker? Whatever happens, this is one show Whoopi Goldberg should NOT be in - even as a replacement!
From R. A. Brabson, Wilmington, DE:
Of course Nathan Lane must play Max! I know he would be once again in Zero's footsteps, but he is perfect for the role -a better fit than Gable for Rhett.
Now for the accountant Bloom, I am stumped--perhaps Matthew Broderick?