Producers Star to Sing at Holiday Ceremony Dec. 1; C-SPAN to Broadcast Live

News   Producers Star to Sing at Holiday Ceremony Dec. 1; C-SPAN to Broadcast Live
Brad Oscar, who was most recently on Broadway reprising his work as Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks' The Producers, will lend his voice to a medley of holiday tunes at the 2005 Christmas Pageant of Peace Opening Ceremony Dec. 1.

Oscar, who is set to begin previews Dec. 9 in the Arena Stage production of Damn Yankees, will perform "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Count Your Blessings" and "When You Wish Upon a Star" at the 82nd Lighting of the National Christmas Tree at 5 PM ET. The ceremony — which will also feature performances by Maya Angelou, Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, CeCe Winans, Phantom's Dale Kristien and the Voena Children's Choir — will be held at the Ellipse near the White House. The National Christmas Tree will be lit by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at 5:59 PM. The entire ceremony will be broadcast live on C-SPAN.

Brad Oscar created the role of Franz Liebkind in the Broadway production of The Producers, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. He later succeeded Nathan Lane in the role of Max Bialystock, playing that part in the show's national tour and on Broadway. Oscar made his Broadway debut in Aspects of Love and also appeared in Jekyll & Hyde, Forbidden Broadway, the City Center Encores! production of Do Re Mi and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

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