The Producers film had its New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, December 4, 2005 and BroadwayWorld was there!
Two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to their celebrated roles as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a scheming theatrical producer and his mousy CPA who hit upon the perfect plan to embezzle a fortune: raise far more money than you need to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop and then (since no one will expect anything back), Max and Leo can pocket the difference. To do this, they need the ultimate bad play, which they find in the musical Springtime for Hitler. Their plans come to naught and the duo are taken completely by surprise when their new production is hailed as a toast-of-the-town hit. Will Ferrell also brings his spot-on comic talents to the role of Franz Liebkind, the neo-Nazi playwright (and pigeon fancier) responsible for penning the "worst play ever written."
The Producers is directed by Susan Stroman, Tony Award-winning director and choreographer of the original Broadway production of The Producers; it is written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (based on their original stage play), with music and lyrics by Brooks. Brooks also produces, with Jonathan Sanger.
The movie is being released in selected cities on December 16th and in wide release on December 25th. For more information about "The Producers" - visit their official website at http://www.theproducersmovie.com.
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