John Treacy Egan has been playing Franz, the Nazi musical theatre writer who penned Springtime for Hitler, since May 4. Jim Borstelmann, a reliable swing in the show, played Franz after Brad Oscar left the part to ascend to the lead of Max. It was Borstelmann's Franz that was reviewed when critics re-visited the show May 1-2. The new leads and featured folk in Mel Brooks' smashzilla at the St. James Theatre got another round of raves from critics who had embraced the show's original cast a year ago.
Ensemble player Jeffry Denman is leaving the show June 9. Among choice roles, he plays the choreographer character in "Keep It Gay," and the blind violinist in the opening number. Denman penned the showbiz memoir, "A Year With The Producers," published by Routledge. Borstelmann will assume Denman's track, according to a spokesman.
Roger Bart, Tony Award-nominated as the mincing Carmen Ghia, will leave the show come summer, probably in July, to head to Los Angeles where he is part of an upcoming ensemble sitcom from CBS, "Bram and Alice," starring Alfred Molina and featuring Katie Finneran (Noises Off).
A spokesman for the show said Bart has not yet given notice so an exit date is not known. Remaining from the original cast are featured players and Tony winners Cady Huffman (as Ulla) and Gary Beach (as Roger De Bris).
The Producers won a record 12 Tony Awards in 2001. Inspired by Mel Brooks' film, the show has a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, song by Brooks and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. All took home Tonys for their chores.