Danza and Bart Will Be on Producers' Marquee

News   Danza and Bart Will Be on Producers' Marquee Tony Danza will play Max Bialystock in the Broadway production of The Producers starting Dec. 19.
Tony Danza will star as Max Bialystock in The Producers.
Tony Danza will star as Max Bialystock in The Producers.

The handsome leading man — known for the sitcoms "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?," and his own short-lived TV talk show — had previously told reporters he was in talks for the gig.

The role is something of a departure for the former boxer turned actor. In the past five years, portly and/or voracious character men have played Max, the greedy producer of the Mel Brooks smash musical.

Danza does have a musical background — he's appeared in cabarets and released an album.

Tony Award winner and original cast member Roger Bart will make his return to the role of Leo Bloom opposite Danza. The new "Bialystock and Bloom" begin performances on Dec. 19. Danza's engagement ends March 11, 2007. Bart's engagement ends Feb. 11, 2007.

With a score by Brooks and a libretto by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, The Producers (based on the film of the same name) opened April 19, 2001, to rave reviews and is the recipient of the most Tony Awards in theatre history (with 12 wins).

The show at the St. James Theatre currently stars Brad Musgrove (Carmen Ghia), Bill Nolte (Franz Liebkind), Lee Roy Reams (Roger DeBris) and Angie Schworer (Ulla).

Susan Stroman directed and choreographed the show.

After his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, Toy Danza received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rocky in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh opposite Kevin Spacey. In fall 2006 Danza starred in the romantic comedy I Remember You on stage in Los Angeles.

Danza has toured his live song-and-dance show across the country and released his debut album, "The House I Live In," in 2003, singing classic standards he grew up with.

Bart was Tony-nominated for playing Carmen Ghia in the original cast of The Producers, and eventually graduated to play Leo Bloom. He won a Tony Award for playing Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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