“Jeffrey Tambor was experiencing complications from recent hip surgery and the pain and the challenge of performing in a musical eight times a week proved to be too physically demanding,” said the show’s producers in a statement. “We respect his talent enormously and regretfully accept his withdrawal from the production.”
Tambor, who had come aboard the musical as a headlining replacement thesp along with Harvey Fierstein, already had stirred talk along the Rialto for a performance that was, to some observers, notably wobbly.
The actor had been cast as nightclub owner Georges, the part played by Kelsey Grammer when the show opened in Gotham in April. He appeared opposite Fierstein (also the book writer of the 1983 musical) as drag performer Albin.
As of the Feb. 25 perf, understudy Chris Hoch has taken over as Georges, with a new permanent cast member to be announced. Fierstein continues as Albin.