The Producers Is Five Years Old April 19

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Put five candles in a bialy! The Broadway production of The Producers celebrates its fifth anniversary April 19 at the St. James Theatre.

The Mel Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical about corrupt theatrical producers opened April 19, 2001, and has been enjoying a smash run on Broadway ever since. At the 2001 Tony Awards, it earned a record 12 Tonys, including Best Musical.

By its evening performance April 19, The Producers will have run 2,081 performances at the St. James. The show spawned two national tours, Toronto and London companies and productions in Korea, Israel, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Japan. A new 90-minute version of the show will premiere in late summer at the Paris Las Vegas resort in Las Vegas.

Theatregoers Wednesday night can expect a curtain speech and the unveiling of the new commorative Producers window card (to be sold to benefit BC/EFA). A private cast party will be held after the show, at Bond 45.

The Producers stars John Treacy Egan (Max Bialystock), Hunter Foster (Leo Bloom), original Tony Award-winning cast member Gary Beach (Roger DeBris), Brad Musgrove (Carmen Ghia), Bill Nolte (Franz Liebkind) and Angie Schworer (Ulla). Beach was the first originating star to appear in the same role concurrently on Broadway and during the release of the show's film version (the DVD of which will be released on May 16, 2006).

Tickets range $31.25-$111.25, and are on sale via The playing schedule is Tuesday evening at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM, and Sunday matinees at 3 PM.

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