Photo Coverage: The Producers Closing Night Party at Tony's
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by Linda Lenzi
The Producers played its final performance on Sunday, April 22, 2007, after playing 33 preview performances and 2,502 regular performances at Broadway's St. James Theatre. The closing night party later took place at Tony's DiNapoli Times Square.
Mel Brooks' new musical, Young Frankenstein, with a score by Mel Brooks, a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and direction & choreography by Susan Stroman, will play the St. James Theatre following The Producers.
The musical, which opened on April 19, 2001 to rave reviews, is the recipient of the most Tony Awards in theater history (with 12 wins including Best Musical). The day after its opening, The Producers broke the record for the largest single day box office gross in theater history, taking in more than $3 million, and then went on to break its own record in 2003 with over $3.5 million in single day ticket sales.
Two national touring companies played 74 cities throughout the United States, beginning in September 2002, and grossed over $214 million. To date, The Producers has played in twelve countries around the world. Currently, there are productions running in Las Vegas, Budapest, Copenhagen, Italy, Korea, Spain, Mexico, Israel and Prague. A major motion picture version of the show was released by Sony Pictures in 2005. "Based on Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, The Producers is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer, Max Bialystock, and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Their "sure-fire" theatrical fiasco?. . . None other than the musical Springtime for Hitler," state press notes.
The shwo has a Tony Award-winning book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, and Tony Award winning direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. At closing, it starred John Treacy Egan as Max Bialystock, Hunter Foster as Leo Bloom, Lee Roy Reams as Roger De Bris, Angie Schworer as Ulla, Brad Musgrove as Carmen Ghia, and Bill Nolte as Franz Liebkind.