The Producers to close 6 Jan 2007

The Producers to close 6 Jan 2007

It has been officially confirmed that The Producers will close at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 6 Jan 2007

When it closes in London, it will have run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for over two years. It recouped its 5,500,000 ukp capitalisation in record-breaking time and has broken box office records, both for London’s West End and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Mel Brooks' Broadway hit musical opened in London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 9 Nov 2004, following previews from 22 oct 2004, to superb notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A Spiffing knockabout musical comedy"; PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Unleashes an epidemic of bliss." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Intoxicating, time-suspending and slightly guilty pleasure." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "From the opening number, the audience rides a tidal wave of pure pleasure and after three delirious hours one is left stunned by a combination of unstoppable laughter and sheer happiness." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Mel Brooks, has transformed his celebrated movie into a musical comedy, and as funny a one as I’ve seen."

The cast currently features: Corey English (Max Bialystock), Reece Shearsmith (Leo Bloom), Rachel McDowall (Ulla), Nicolas Colicos (Franz Liebkind), Don Gallagher (Roger De Bris), Stephen Matthews (Carmen Ghia).

The show has book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks. It is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. The design is by Robin Wagner, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, sound by Steve C Kennedy and orchestration by Doug Besterman.

A couple of guys come up with a scheme to produce the outrageous Broadway musical ever. They think they can take off with all their investors' money-but when the curtain goes up on their gigantic singing, dancing spectacular, they realize their plan has gone ridiculously wrong.

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