Intermissionless Producers May Play Las Vegas

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A 90-minute version of the Broadway smash The Producers may play Las Vegas if all the details can be worked out.

On April 12, the producers of the Mel Brooks musical comedy and Paris Las Vegas announced "an agreement in principle to bring the acclaimed theatrical production to Las Vegas in late summer 2006."

When the show makes its Las Vegas debut, it will be the only production of the show west of the Mississippi. Two popular national tours have already played and ended. A new non-Equity touring production will surface in the coming year.

"For Las Vegas, the legendary, eye-popping and drop-dead funny production will be reconceived as a 90-minute extravaganza (with no intermission), especially for the resort's Paris Le Théâtre des Arts," according to a statement. "Like its New York counterpart, the production at Paris Las Vegas will feature music and lyrics by comedy icon Mel Brooks, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Hairspray, Annie) and direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Crazy for You, Contact, The Music Man, Oklahoma!)."

Ticket on-sale date and details about show times and ticket prices for the Paris Las Vegas performances will be announced at a later time, following completion of a fully executed agreement.

Entering its sixth smash year on Broadway, The Producers, based on the Mel Brooks film of the same name, is the winner of the most Tony Awards in Broadway history (with 12) and continues on Broadway and in London, as well as in Korea, Israel, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Japan. "All of us at Paris Las Vegas are looking forward to becoming the Western home for musical theatre's most successful Broadway show ever to play Las Vegas," said Marilyn Winn, president of Paris Las Vegas. "Audiences around the world love The Producers. We look forward to working with Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman and their creative team as they work their theatrical magic."

The musical swept the 2001 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (Mel Brooks), Best Scenic Design (Robin Wagner), Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long), Best Lighting Design (Peter Kaczorowski), Best Orchestrations (Doug Besterman), Best Choreography and Best Direction of A Musical (Susan Stroman).

Paris Las Vegas is a Harrah's Entertainment resort.

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