Roger Bart Exits Broadway's The Producers June 13; Hunter Foster in the Wings

News   Roger Bart Exits Broadway's The Producers June 13; Hunter Foster in the Wings
 
Roger Bart leaves the company of Broadway's The Producers June 13, leaving Leo Bloom's button-down suit to Hunter Foster, who joins June 15.

Bart and Brad Oscar, both Tony Award-nominated for featured roles in The Producers in 2001, graduated again to the leads Leo and Max, respectively, April 6 at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Oscar continues with newcomer Foster (a 2004 Tony Award nominee for Little Shop of Horrors).

Bart, Tony-nommed for playing Carmen Ghia, and Oscar, nommed for Franz Liebkind, have played the title characters together before.

The current principals at the St. James Theatre include the 2001 Tony Award winner Gary Beach (Roger DeBris), John Treacy Eagan (Franz Liebkind), Brad Musgrove (Carmen Ghia) and Angie Schworer (Ulla).

Bart currently appears with Broderick in the feature film, "The Stepford Wives."

Oscar famously stepped in for an ailing Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in the original cast run (2001-02) and then took over the part after Lane left and Henry Goodman was sacked. 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 opposite Oscar.

Matthew Broderick (Leo) and Nathan Lane (Max) originated the roles in 2001 and returned Dec. 30, 2003, for a three-month sold-out stint that ended April 4.

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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.

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