Second National Tour of Producers Likely to Have Bob Amaral as New Bialy in Fall

News   Second National Tour of Producers Likely to Have Bob Amaral as New Bialy in Fall Bob Amaral, who appeared as Lycus in Broadway's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, is in discussions to play Max Bialystock in the national tour of The Producers, currently starring Brad Oscar.

Oscar, who took over the role on Broadway after Nathan Lane left, headlines the second national tour through Nov. 30. The tour launched June 17 in Boston.

A spokesperson for the tour confirmed, "We are finishing talks with Bob Amaral to play Bialystock." If he does indeed join, Amaral's first city would likely be Detroit, at the Masonic Temple Theatre, starting Dec. 2.

Amaral has appeared in Broadway and national touring productions. Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? are among past credits.

Oscar's partner is crime, playing nebbish accountant Leo Bloom, who blossoms as a producer, is Andy Taylor.

The second national plays Boston to Sept. 13. Meanwhile, the first national company, which launched in fall 2002, has settled into an eight-month run at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, to Jan. 4, 2004. There, Jason Alexander and Martin Short are Bialystock and Bloom. The Oscar company includes Rich Affannato as Carmen Ghia, Ida Leigh Curtis as Ulla, Bill Nolte as Franz Liebkind and Lee Roy Reams as Roger DeBris.

Reams leaves the second company after the Appleton, WI, engagement Sept. 18-28 to rejoin the L.A. cast Sept. 30. Gary Beach, a Tony-winner for the role of Roger exits L.A. Sept. 28 and heads back to the Broadway company. The new Roger in the second national is Stuart Marland, starting with the Milwaukee run Oct. 1-12.

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The Producers swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving the most awards in Broadway history, including Best Musical , Best Book of a Musical (Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (Mel Brooks), Best Scenic Design (Robin Wagner), Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long), Best Lighting Design (Peter Kaczorowski), Best Orchestrations (Doug Besterman), Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical (Susan Stroman).

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