- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 16, 2002

NEW YORK — Broadway's new Max Bialystock has been given the hook. After just four weeks of performances, Henry Goodman was fired Sunday from "The Producers," Broadway's biggest musical hit.

"I have the utmost respect for Henry Goodman," Susan Stroman, the show's director and choreographer, said yesterday. "He is a wonderful actor, and I would happily work with him again on another project. Henry has been well-received nightly by audiences, but the producers have decided to pursue a different quality for the role."

The show's producers reportedly were unhappy with Mr. Goodman's performance.

Mr. Goodman replaced Nathan Lane in the Mel Brooks musical on March 19. Steven Weber also joined the show at that time, taking over for Matthew Broderick. Mr. Weber will remain in the production.

Mr. Goodman will be replaced by Brad Oscar, who was Mr. Lane's understudy and frequently subbed for the star while Mr. Lane was recovering from vocal problems.

Mr. Goodman, an English actor who starred in the London revival of "Chicago," could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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