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BLUCHER!

Cloris Leachman, who played Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks's 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein, is reportedly upset that Brooks did not cast her in the Broadway musical version of the film and is lobbying Brooks to change his mind, the New York Post reported today. According to the newspaper, Leachman, 81, has enlisted former Variety columnist Army Archerd in her campaign. The Post's "Page Six" column quoted insiders as saying that Leachman had "a wonderful audition. ... She was involved in a workshop recently and everyone loved her." But Brooks reportedly told Archerd, "We're afraid the show might stop her -- it could kill her." And a spokesperson for the production said, "In the end producers thought the physical demands of doing eight performances a week were too much to ask of her."
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