As one Bloom fades, another begins to show color.
Steven Weber, the second actor to star as Leo Bloom in the Broadway smash, The Producers, ends his run in the production Dec. 15, with Roger Bart waiting in the wings to step in Dec. 17. Pop sensation and actor Sam Harris, who took on the role of Carmen Ghia (created by Bart), is also leaving Dec. 15. Brad Musgrove (Fosse) is the new Carmen beginning Dec. 17.
Not much time passed between the moment Roger Bart got word that his television series "Bram and Alice" had been canceled and the moment he turned back to the show that arguably landed him that TV job — the smash hit Broadway musical The Producers. It had been rumored for weeks that Bart (already a Tony Award winner for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) wouldn't be returning to his old role of swishy assistant Carmen Ghia, but would ascend to the title roles of Leo Bloom, opposite Brad Oscar who continues as Max Bialystock. The casting of Bart in the role created by Broderick in 2001 was confirmed Nov. 8. The role of swishy, mincing, lisping Carmen — an outrageous, on-purpose stereotype — is played by Musgrove, a dance captain and swing with the show. He appeared in the original cast of Fosse. Bart was Tony-nommed for his performance as Ghia. He lost to his stagemate, Gary Beach, who plays director Roger DeBris. 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."