Alan Ruck Steps Into Pal Matthew Broderick's Shoes for Tour of Producers

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When the national tour of The Producers uproots itself after an eight-month run in Los Angeles in January 2004, Alan Ruck will be playing Leo Bloom opposite Lewis J. Stadlen as Max Bialystock, the producers announced Nov. 13.

Alan Ruck
Alan Ruck Photo by ABC/Dreamworks

Ruck is known for TV's "Spin City." Fans will remember his projects with Matthew Broderick (who originated the role of Leo Bloom on Broadway). They first worked together in Neil Simon’s Tony-Award winning Biloxi Blues and then appeared together as high-school pals in the feature film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Ruck's stage work includes The Lucky Spot (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Boys Next Door (McCarter Theatre), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Wisdom Bridge, Chicago).

Stadlen, who originated Max in the Producers tour in fall 2002, jumped into the Broadway run when the tour docked at the Pantages Theatre in L.A. in spring 2003 (Jason Alexander assumed the role of Max in Tinseltown). In late summer 2003, Stadlen left the Broadway troupe due to a hip ailment, but is expected to star again in the tour. The first post-L.A. engagement is at Denver's Buell Theatre Jan. 6-31, 2004.

The Producers, billed as "the new MEL BROOKS musical," swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving the most Awards in Broadway history. Tony Awards including Best Musical , Best Book of a Musical (Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (Mel Brooks), Best Scenic Design (Robin Wagner), Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long), Best Lighting Design (Peter Kaczorowski), Best Orchestrations (Doug Besterman), Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical (Susan Stroman). To say nothing of Tonys for performers Gary Beach, Cady Huffman and Nathan Lane.

There are currently four North American stagings: Broadway, Toronto and tour road companies. Visit produscerontour.com for more information.

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