"Frasier" and Bloom? Will Kelsey Grammer Play Max Bialystock on Broadway?

News   "Frasier" and Bloom? Will Kelsey Grammer Play Max Bialystock on Broadway? NBC announced Jan. 12 that TV's "Frasier" would end its run this spring, and it didn't take long for TV Guide Online to report Jan. 13 that Kelsey Grammer is eyeing the role of Max Bialystock in Broadway's The Producers.

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Krane
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Krane Photo by Gail M. Adler/Paramount

Columnist Michael Ausiello reported Grammer — who has played shrink Frasier Crane for 20 years, first on the sitcom "Cheers" then on its "Frasier" spinoff — is in talks to play the role of impresario Bialystock in the Broadway smash come summer.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are currently reprising the roles they created in the 2001 hit. Business dipped when the stars exited, and it's thought the producers of The Producers are feverishly seeking "name" replacements to keep the show at its maximum potential profit.

"The producers of The Producers have spoken to Mr. Grammer about the possibility of playing Max Bialystock on Broadway, but it would be premature to confirm or comment beyond that," as spokesman for the show said.

There has been speculation recently that Martin Short and/or Jason Alexander might show up in the New York staging in the future, repeating the work they did in the eight-month Los Angeles run in 2003.

Lane and Broderick have been announced to play the St. James Theatre to April 4 only, though cynics wonder if a surprise extension is possible.

The hit Mel Brooks musical, winner of 12 Tony Awards, currently has four North American companies: Broadway, Toronto and two national tours.

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