Gary Beach, who won Tony in 'The Producers,' dies at age 70

July 18, 2018 - 4:23 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Beach, a Broadway veteran whose portrayal of a terrible theater director in "The Producers" won him a Tony Award, has died. He was 70.

According to his agent, Steven Unger, Beach died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs, California. No cause was given.

Beach's other Broadway roles included Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast" and Albin in the 2004 revival of "La Cage aux Folles," both of which earned him Tony nominations.

"The Producers" opened in 2001 and originally starred Nathan Lane as Max and Matthew Broderick as Leo, and featured Cady Huffman as Ulla and Roger Bart as Carmen Ghia.

Beach played the self-absorbed director Roger De Bris, who flamboyantly leads the cast in "Springtime For Hitler," the show's most famous number.