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Wasn't he once set to play Frederik Egerman?
Posted by: portenopete 04:10 pm EST 01/25/22
In reply to: Ian McKellen keen to star in a stage musical: "I’m available but incompetent" - MockingbirdGirl 01:17 pm EST 01/25/22

If memory serves wasn't he announced (or at least mooted) to play Frederik opposite Judi Dench's Desiree in the 1995 (?) A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the National? I remember Laurence Guittard being a late casting decision.

Perhaps once he began learning the part he realised how challenging it is (not only in terms of singing but musically it's a very demanding role).

What roles are there for him in the canon? He could play the Mysterious Man in INTO THE WOODS. Maybe without having to be the Narrator?

Colonel Pickering? Merlin? Arvide Abernethy? Finian Lonergan?

Is it time for a KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY revival?
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