A spokesperson for The Producers confirmed that Foster, who will play his final Little Shop performance June 6, will become the latest actor to play timid accountant Leo Bloom in the Tony-winning Mel Brooks musical. On June 15 Foster will replace Roger Bart, who is currently playing the part originated on Broadway by Matthew Broderick. Brad Oscar will continue in the role of the morally challenged producer Max Bialystock.
Hunter Foster currently plays plant-shop worker Seymour in the Broadway bow of Little Shop of Horrors at the Virginia Theatre. He played Bobby Strong in the hit musical Urinetown, and his other Broadway credits include Footloose, Grease! and Les Misérables. He also took part in the concert presentation of Alan Menken and Tim Rice's King David and was seen in the national tours of Martin Guerre and Cats as well as the Paper Mill production of Children of Eden. Also a writer, Foster penned the book for the musical Summer of '42, which was mounted at the Variety Arts Theatre.
The Producers opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001. It won the 2001 Tony for Best Musical and set the record for most Tonys ever won by a single show. Susan Stroman directed and choreographed the hit, and Mel Brooks penned songs and co-wrote the book with Thomas Meehan.
The Producers plays the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street. Tickets range $30-$100.