Brad Oscar Bites Into Bialy for 1,000th Time Sept. 1

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Brad Oscar's 1,000th performance as crude and craven Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks' The Producers will be Sept. 1 at the St. James Theatre on Broadway.
Brad Oscar in The Producers
Brad Oscar in The Producers Photo by Paul Kolnik

The performance count is based on Oscar's work in the national tour, the London production and the Broadway run. Although the performances weren't consecutive it represents a massive achievement, putting him in the ranks of, among others, stage stars Carol Channing and Yul Brynner, who surpassed the 1,000-show milestone in their respective hits, Hello, Dolly! and The King and I.

Oscar, who originated the role of Franz Liebkind (for which he received a Tony Award nomination) in The Producers, took over the role of Max on April 16, 2002, replacing Nathan Lane. He also played the part on tour and reprised his performance in the smash London production, again taking over for Lane, to great acclaim.

Oscar won a Best Actor Award from the Independent Reviewers of New England for his performance as Max. An original cast member of Jekyll & Hyde, Oscar also performed in the show's national tour. He made his Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love and later toured with the show. From 1992 to 1994, he played a variety of characters in Gerard Alessandrini's long-running musical revue Forbidden Broadway, both Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles.

Oscar is a graduate of Boston University's School for the Arts and has taught musical theatre techniques at Marymount Manhattan College. A native of Washington, DC, he was an original cast member of the local television series "In Our Lives." He will return to D.C. in late 2005 to star as Applegate in Arena Stage's Damn Yankees.

Recordings include The Producers; Jekyll & Hyde; Forbidden Broadway, Volume 3; and Do Re Mi. The Producers on Broadway also currently stars Hunter Foster (Leo Bloom), Jonathan Freeman (Roger De Bris), John Treacy Eagan (Franz Liebkind), Brad Musgrove (Carmen Ghia) and Angie Schworer (Ulla). On Sept. 6, Tony Award winner Gary Beach returns to the company as Roger De Bris.

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From Left: Hunter Foster, Angie Schworer and Brad Oscar
From Left: Hunter Foster, Angie Schworer and Brad Oscar
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