Cloris Leachman Challenges Mel Brooks To A Duel To Win 'Young Frankenstein' Role
Leachman, 81, was devastated to learn she had been snubbed for the part of Frau Blucher, Dr. Frankenstein's household servant - a role she originally played in the 1974 movie version - despite having reportedly breezed through the audition process.
Theatre insiders told New York Post's gossip column, Page Six, "(Leachman had) a wonderful audition... She was involved in a workshop recently and everyone loved her... but it was obvious she was too old."
And Brooks, 80, fears the Broadway musical would be too strenuous for the star.
He tells former industry columnist Army Archerd, "We're afraid the show might stop her - it could kill her... We don't want her to die on stage."
But Leachman's representative Steve Rohr says, "Cloris challenges Mel to three rounds in the ring, and we'll see who's left standing."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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