The Tony-winning Broadway star who became the first actor to play the same part in movie theaters and on Broadway at the same time has died. The AP reports that Gary Beach, who accomplished the feat in 2005 in “The Producers,” died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif.
No cause of death was given. Beach was 70.
Beach originated the stage role of theater director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks’ 2001 production of “The Producers,” winning the Tony for Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance. He went on to star in the 2005 film version of the show, and then returned to the stage to again play the role.
Beach’s other Broadway roles included Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast” and Albin in the 2004 revival of “La Cage aux Folles,” the AP notes. He received Tony nominations for both roles.