The Producers to Have Productions in Spain and Australia

News   The Producers to Have Productions in Spain and Australia The Producers' international presence grows. The smash Mel Brooks-Tom Meehan musical comedy will have productions in Spain and Australia, Meehan told Playbill On Line.

The Producers' international presence grows. The smash Mel Brooks-Tom Meehan musical comedy will have productions in Spain and Australia, Meehan told Playbill On Line.

Mountings beyond North America already include an announced London berth, set to begin either December 2003 or January 2004, and a staging in Berlin for 2004.

"Australia is happening," stated Meehan, adding that the Spain bow would likely occur in Madrid. The librettist did not mention specific dates.

Brooks previously told Variety original stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick would headline the London premiere of the musical. The duo will stay with the show for six months.

Following its arrival in the West End, the show will travel to Berlin. The Producers has been a smash hit since opening at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in spring 2001, after a tryout in Chicago. The show won a record amount of Tonys at the 2001 awards ceremony.

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As previously reported, Jason Alexander and Martin Short will star in the Los Angeles staging of The Producers, ending months of speculation about the casting of the eight month sitdown at the Pantages Theatre.

A spokesperson for the national tour confirmed the news and said the physical production and company that launches this fall will stop into the Pantages starting May 2, 2003, with an opening set for May 29. An eight month run is expected. Fall 2002 tour stars Lewis J. Stadlen and Don Stephenson will take a break from the company while Alexander ("Seinfeld") and Short ("SCTV," "Saturday Night Live") step in.

A second touring company begins in Boston in July 2003. No casting has been announced for it.

The casting of Short, known for neurotic, quirky characters in film and TV, has been a longtime dream for Brooks. Alexander, known for his blustery characters and solid singing voice, is an obvious right type to play offensive producer Max Bialystock. Both bring huge marquee value to the staging.

Martin Short won the Tony Award for Little Me and was nommed for The Goodbye Girl. Alexander won the Tony for Jerome Robbins' Broadway.

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