Triumph of Love's Roger Bart has reportedly been offered the role of Snoopy in the upcoming Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, according to Variety. Bart roles have included the Harlequin in Triumph and Cousin Kevin in the touring show of The Who's Tommy.
"As a kid, I used to take out paper and trace Snoopy," Bart told Variety, "and now, just by performing him, I'm sort of tracing him again." A call to Bart's agent was not returned.
The Michael Mayer-directed show has its Lucy, Schroeder and Patty, according to an Aug. 31 story in Variety. The trade publication reported that Ilana Levine (The Last Night of Ballyhoo) had signed on to play the crabby Lucy van Pelt, Kristin Chenoweth (Steel Pier) had contracted to be Patty, and Stanley Wayne Mathis (The Lion King) is on board to play the piano-playing Schroeder. Show spokesman Jim Byk said (Sept. 18), however, that negotiations with the above players had not been finalized.
Also, Anthony Rapp is reportedly still in line to take on the title role, and B.D. Wong is considering the role of the blanket-carrying Linus. No one has been suggested for the role of Snoopy.
The Charlie Brown will begin in Chicago with a national tour in November (casting notices for the show list Nov. 3), after rehearsals start there. St. Louis will be the next stop on the tour (Nov. 24-29, according to Fox), which should reach Broadway in late spring 1999 (casting notices are mentioning March 1999). Aldo Scrofani is co-producing. Charlie Brown is based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip "Peanuts," which features such characters as luckless Charlie, Lucy the shrew, blanket-toting Linus and piano-playing Schroeder. Begun Oct. 2, 1950, the strip now appears in more than 2,600 newspapers internationally. The musical comprises loosely arranged songs and vignettes -- a slice of the lives of these elementary-school aged characters. Song include "Happiness Is," "Book Report" and "My Blanket and Me."