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Lane backs out as London Max

Thesp bails on o'seas 'Producers'

The curse of Max Bialystock has struck again. Tony Award winner Nathan Lane has been forced to withdraw almost two weeks early from London’s “The Producers” due to two slipped discs.

Lane had been scheduled to play his last perf Jan. 8. Instead, understudy Cory English stepped in to play Max through Jan. 10, when Brad Oscar again follows Lane into the part, as he did on Broadway.

Lane himself was a last-minute replacement in the London cast for Richard Dreyfuss, also due to back problems.

A rep for the production told the BBC Lane was “advised that he should abstain from any further performances for the remainder of his London contract,” adding, “Cory English has already played the role with great success for the five performances Nathan Lane has already missed due to his condition.”

Lane is expected to recover in time to start lensing the film version of “Producers,” skedded to start in February in New York.

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