Not surprisingly, Baxter believes the centuries-old work has a great deal of contemporary relevance. "At the time, doctors performed a tremendous amount of enemas and bleedings. Moliere was against the hypocrisy and the amount of money that doctors make and the idiocies of their treatments," he adds. "I'm amazed when I come to America and there are so many advertisements for different medicines. People make a phenomenal amount of money on them, and you never see them on English television."
An award-winning actor himself, Baxter was very particular about the show's casting, which includes Tony Award winner René Auberjonois as the hypochondriac protagonist, and Helen Hayes Award winner Nancy Robinette as the shrewd family maid. "René has a brilliant sense of satire and I think if Nancy were British, she would be a Dame," says Baxter. "American actors are absolutely wonderful, because many of them can act, sing, and dance and that variety in an actor's abilities is quite rare in England."
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