Not much time passed between the moment Roger Bart got word that his television series "Bram and Alice" had been cancelled and the moment he turned back to the show that arguably landed him that TV job, the smash hit Broadway musical The Producers. But Bart won't be returning to his old role of swishy assistant Carmen Ghia.
A spokesman for the show confirmed Nov. 8 what had been rumored, and what New York Times published: Bart will be the new Leo Bloom, one of the starstruck, titular men who lead the show.
Bart will take over the role of the milquetoast accountant from Steven Weber on Dec. 17. Weber exits Dec. 15, as does Sam Harris as Carmen Ghia. Harris will be replaced Dec. 17 by Brad Musgrove, a dance captain and swing with the show who is known for dancing in the original cast of Fosse..
Bart won a Tony nomination for his performance as Ghia. He lost to his stagemate, Gary Beach, who plays director Roger DeBris. Bart had previously won the Tony for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Beach and original cast member Cady Huffman, another Tony winner, are still with the show at the St. James. As Leo, Bart's singing duties will increase measurably. Among the character's many songs are "I Want to Be a Producer," "We Can Do It" and "That Face."
His de-facto love interest in the show (they do walk into the sunset together, after all) is Brad Oscar, as Max Bialtystock.