Gary Beach, won a Tony Award, for his hysterical portrayal of the truly diabolical theater director in the 2001 Mel Brooks’ hit The Producers has died. He reprised his “Springtime For Hitler,” in the 2005 film. Beach’s first Broadway role was as a replacement for Edward Rutledge in 1776, followed by Somethings Afoot. Annie, The Mooney Shaperio Songbook and Donnesbury came next.
After nearly 20 years in New York, Beach moved to LA and was cast in role in “The John Larroquette Show,” ‘’Murder, She Wrote,” ‘’Saved by the Bell” and “Will & Grace.” Back to New York he played Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and received a Tony nod. When he broke his ankle during the run falling off a stack of dishes, he returned back to LA and got a call asking him to do a reading of The Producers. Another Tony nod came for the revival of La Cage aux Folles. His last Broadway show was the final revival of Les Miserables as Thénardier.
In a statement, The Baruch Frankel Routh Viertel Group, the producers of The Producers, came out and stated “an actor of consummate skill and artistry, was a glorious human being; a gifted, generous and incredibly funny actor whose presence in a rehearsal room or on the stage lifted everyone’s spirit and inspired them to be the best they could be.”
His agent, Steven Unger announced, the 70 year-old Broadway and TV veteran passed away at his home in Palm Springs, California.