Bart and Oscar Are Back as The Producers on Broadway

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Roger Bart and Brad Oscar, both Tony Award-nominated for featured roles in The Producers in 2001, graduate again to the leads Leo and Max, respectively, April 6 at Broadway's St. James Theatre.

Bart, Tony-nommed for playing Carmen Ghia, and Oscar, nommed for Franz Liebkind, have played the title characters together before.

Oscar famously stepped in for an ailing Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in the original cast run (2001-02) and then took over the part after Lane left and Henry Goodman was sacked.

Bart won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He moved into the Leo role in late 2002, playing it for a stretch opposite Oscar.

Matthew Broderick (Leo) and Nathan Lane (Max) originated the roles in 2001 and returned Dec. 30 for a three-month sold-out stint that ended April 4. The show had been seeking a box office boost since their exits from the run

Coinciding with Lane and Broderick's Dec. 30, 2003, return, Bart returned to the role of Carmen Ghia and Gary Beach (who won the Tony) returned to Roger DeBris. Oscar remained Lane's standby. *

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 current troupe also includes 2001 Tony Award winner Gary Beach (Roger DeBris), John Treacy Eagan (Franz Liebkind), Brad Musgrove (Carmen Ghia) and Angie Schworer (Ulla), with Justin Bohan, Jim Borstelmann, Jennifer Cleppenger, Angie C. Creighton, Madeleine Doherty, Kathy Fitzgerald, Robert H. Fowler, Adrienne Gibbons, Eric Gunhus, Kimberly Hester, Stacey Todd Holt, Shauna Hoskin, Kimberly Jones, Kevin Ligon, Peter Marinos, Mike McGowan, Larry Raben, Jason Patrick Sands, Jennifer Smith, Jenny-Lynn Suckling, Tracy Terstriep and Courtney Young.

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