Will Lane and Broderick Return to The Producers?

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The idea of reuniting Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick for one last hurrah as Max and Leo in Broadway's The Producers is floating around the offices of the show's producers, according to The New York Post.

The Post reported that the mega-hit's original stars have been invited back to the St. James Theatre, where they, writer Mel Brooks, director-choreographer Susan Stroman (and company) made Broadway history snagging the most Tonys ever.

The 2001 show is viewed as being in the December of its Broadway life, and it's thought that the dawning Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein might want the St. James for the 2007-08 season.

The Post reported that the producers of The Producers want Lane (who won a Tony for playing Max) and Broderick to come into the show in May for a limited run leading to the show's close in summer.

If the pair return to The Producers it would be their second return. After their contracts ended and they exited the show (and were replaced), they reunited starting Dec. 30, 2003, for a run to April 4, 2004, that was completely sold out. It made them — and the producers — richer.

A spokesman for the show had no comment for Playbill.com. The musical is officially still in an open-ended run, with Tony Danza now starring as Max opposite Hunter Foster as Leo. A spokesman for The Producers gave this statement to The Post: "Nathan and Matthew have always had a standing invitation to come back to the show whenever they would like to. They're family, we love them, and the show will always be their home should they wish to come here."

Lane and Broderick starred in The Odd Couple on Broadway in 2005-06.

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