The Hollywood Bowl's production of the Tony-winning musical The Producers, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, who handled those same duties for the original Broadway production, began its weekend of performances July 27. Below are photos from the evening.
The Producers at the Hollywood Bowl, With Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rebecca Romijn, Dane Cook and More
Running through July 29, the cast boasts Richard Kind ("Spin City") as Max Bialystock and Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") as Leo Bloom. They are joined by Rebecca Romijn, Tony winner Gary Beach and Tony winner Roger Bart as, respectively, Ulla, Roger De Bris and Carmen Ghia. Beach and Bart created those roles on Broadway; in fact, Beach won a Tony Award for his performance. Comedian Dane Cook is Franz Liebkind.
The creative team also includes musical director Kevin Stites.
Based on Mel Brooks' Oscar-winning 1968 film, the musical features a score by Brooks and a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan. The Broadway production won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards.
"From the brilliantly comedic mind of Mel Brooks comes this insanely funny adventure – a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious flop in history," according to press notes.