Roger and Brad! Broadway's New Producers Are Old Friends to the Smash Show; Bart and Oscar Start April 6

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Roger Bart, Tony Award-nominated for playing Carmen Ghia in The Producers, graduates again to the title role of Leo Bloom April 6, when he and Brad Oscar take over for Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane at the St. James Theatre.

Roger Bart as Leo Bloom in The Producers.
Roger Bart as Leo Bloom in The Producers. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Both actors had previously played the parts in New York, with Tony Award-nominee Oscar famously stepping in for an ailing Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in the original cast run (2001-02) and then taking over the part after Lane left and Henry Goodman was sacked. Oscar played Frans Liebkind, a deranged Nazi playwright-composer in the show, and snagged the 2001 Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical for his work (Gary Beach of the same show took home the trophy).

Bart won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He moved into the Leo role in late 2002, playing it for a stretch.

Matthew Broderick (Leo) and Nathan Lane (Max) originated the roles in 2001 and returned for a three month 2004 stint that ends April 4. The show had been seeking a box office boost since their exits from the run. Bart returned to the role of Carmen Ghia when the leads returned earlier this year, as did Gary Beach in the role of Roger DeBris.

The Producers opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001. It won the 2001 Tony for Best Musical and set the record for most Tonys ever won by a single show. Susan Stroman directed and choreographed the hit, and Mel Brooks penned songs and co-wrote the book with Thomas Meehan.

The current troupe also includes 2001 Tony Award winner Gary Beach (Roger DeBris), John Treacy Eagan (Franz Liebkind), Brad Musgrove (Carmen Ghia) and Angie Schworer (Ulla), with Justin Bohan, Jim Borstelmann, Jennifer Cleppenger, Angie C. Creighton, Madeleine Doherty, Kathy Fitzgerald, Robert H. Fowler, Adrienne Gibbons, Eric Gunhus, Kimberly Hester, Stacey Todd Holt, Shauna Hoskin, Kimberly Jones, Kevin Ligon, Peter Marinos, Mike McGowan, Larry Raben, Jason Patrick Sands, Jennifer Smith, Jenny-Lynn Suckling, Tracy Terstriep and Courtney Young. Tickets range $30-$100. Visit Telecharge.com.

Brad Oscar and Roger Bart in <i>The Producers.</i>
Brad Oscar and Roger Bart in The Producers. Photo by Paul Kolnik
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