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Richard Kind & Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Star in Hollywood Bowl's THE PRODUCERS; Plus Romijn, Beach & Bart!

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Beach and Bart signed contracts with the Devil that they would have to play these parts for the rest of their lives.

Fortunately for us, they’re gifts from God, and National Treasures.
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
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I'm excited about Rebecca. I remember she said in a Conan interview that she and Hugh used to sing show tunes on the set of the X-Men movies.
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As much as I love Beach and Bart in the roles, I wish they had gotten someone new in the roles.
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And as much as I admire J T-F I think he's wrong for Leo.
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emo_geek
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I hate to be like my username, but I just don't feel the excitement for this production. I was so excited for last years Hairspray, and the casting just made it even more exciting. Nothing about this interests me. I did, however, buy tickets to see Barry Manilow on the 4th of July- now THAT is entertainment
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Same here, last I wet my pants with Joy over Hairspray, this is kinda whatever. But I will still most likely grab a ticket, just the cheapest I can find!
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theaternut
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Going to pass this year. But I do wish them well.
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The Josh
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Interesting they haven't announced Franz... but I think Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be great!
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Yeah, I wonder if the Franz casting will be more interesting. There are so many interesting people they could cast in that role.
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Thrilled to see Gary and Roger reprise their roles... This is probably one of the last times you'll get to see Beach do DeBris full out doing the Stroman staging (only because he's in semi-retirement and not quite as physically agile as he was 10 years ago...)

I'm thinking they'll get a real name for Franz - some classic stunt casting. I could see Eric Stonestreet knocking it out of the park...it would seem a likely casting choice with JTF involved.
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Or maybe Will Ferrell . That would bring the white trash in. In general I don't think the normal theater crowd here has any interest in this. I do like JTF.

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Updated On: 5/29/12 at 10:01 PM
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I'm still hoping for Taran Killam as Franz, but I'd wager they'd go for a bigger name.
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darquegk
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Interesting names for Franz:

Chris Parnell
Eric Stonestreet
Nathan Lane
Taran Killam
Jon Hamm (if we're getting absolutely unrealistic)

Really, this is a part that lends itself way more to a comic actor who sings a bit, like Will Ferrell, than to a Broadway type per se. All of Franz's singing and dancing is based more on sheer audacity and determination than on any actual talent or tunefulness.
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inlovewithjerryherman
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I find Romjin the most interesting casting here. Ferguson is pretty perfect.

Next year at Hollywood Bowl I wanna see "Legally Blonde" - STUFFED with pop stars. I'm talking Carrie Underwood as Elle, Nicole Scherzinger as Vivienne, Usher as Warner, Tony Bennett as Professor Callahan...

as ridiculous as it sounds, i would have no CHOICE but to fly out to LA for that ****.

But seriously, isn't THAT what Hollywood Bowl should be - ridiculously awesome star casting due to the short commitment? Not the same old "Producers", with the same director, and mostly the same cast?




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Updated On: 5/29/12 at 10:29 PM
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This thread doesn't have enough use of the word "interesting."
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So this is not only a show stuffed with veteran cast members, but also reusing the Stroman staging?

Again, waste of potential to see a different "name" director or actor-director give a new take on the material, like NPH did with RENT.
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willep
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Yeah, exactly what I meant in my comment about Bart and Beach (and also Kind). While we all know they are great and will be great, this is not the production to be casting the same ol' people. Make some interesting choices. Cast Hollywood people who we wouldn't see in a full, longer term production of the show. Make it different.

I felt the same way about Harvey Fierstein being cast last year. Love the man, he is absolutely talented and a fantastic Edna...but for crying out loud, that should have been Eric Stonestreet, if you ask me.
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Oh god, really?
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Make some interesting choices.

Um, haven't you read this thread? This is all very interesting!
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be interesting to see who's in the ensemble and how many people Stroman casts that did the Broadway or national tour.
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Kind's performance of Bialystock is boring and exactly what you would picture it being. I wish they would have really tried to get someone NEW for Bialystock more than anyone. Brent Spiner, Patton Oswalt...

I think Jesse Tyler Ferguson is perfect for Leo! Very excited for him.

Romijn was a huge surprise, but a cool one. Can't wait to see how she does!

I knew Roger was coming back to play Carmen, but I thought there was NO way Gary would come back... as mentioned before, he's not in the same physical shape he was in back during the B'way run. Lately, he's been playing Horace in regional productions of Hello, Dolly!... Still, they're both amazing, and it'll be fun to see them again.

I'd love to see someone like Denis O'Hare play Franz. He's enough of a name, with his True Blood fame, right?
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Much like others have posted, I'm just not feeling this one either. Love the show. I am just not feeling the buzz. I'm not sure how I feel about Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Leo. My first reaction was "No." I love the guy. I just don't see him in the role. I guess time will tell. I love that Bart and Beach are returning.

Updated On: 5/30/12 at 01:01 AM
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SO HAPPY and excited that Gary and Roger will be in this...

... Other than that... as much as I love this show and as much as it is a part of me... not feeling the rest AT ALL

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Updated On: 5/31/12 at 11:04 AM

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