Video footage of Henry Goodman in The Producers...THE PRODUCERS Henry Goodman as Max Bialystock
ShuQ said: "SamIAm....Lewis Stadlen does it amazingly."I thought that Stadlen was terrible in the role, and I have liked him since I saw him in Minnie's Boys. At least at the performance that I saw, he put on too much of a Groucho Marks kind of voice (a la Minnie's Boys??), and that it became annoying. I do not remember who his Leo was, although I did see Steven Weber in the role. I seem to remember that (excluding Goodman and understudies) Stadlen was the third Max I saw, but I thought that Weber was the second Leo I saw, so either they were not together or my memory is failing me.I wonder how hard it will be to get funding for a revival, given how associated the show was with Lane. Sort of like trying for a revival of Funny Girl without Streisand (and a revival of Mame without Lansbury???).
The stage version was written for Lane. There weren't many replacements or anyone on tour that could match his humor or timing.
I was in London in 2007 and got surprise tickets to the revival of Fiddler on the Roof that Goodman was starting in...I had heard about the Producers incident, and was wondering about his performance...he was out the night I saw the show, and his understudy Max Zimmerman who was incredible.