The Producers

Mel Brooks "The Producers" opened in May and is running through January 4, 2004 at the beautiful restored Pantages Theatre. Based on Mr. Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, "The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical", is the story of down on his luck producer Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Only trouble is their scam seems to not be so sure-fire after all. Imagine their surprise when the sure-fire flop turns out to be a successful hit.

As far as success goes life is imitating art in this Los Angeles production of "The Producers". Then again with an outstanding cast of leads such as Jason Alexander and Martin Short how could you go wrong? For those who don't follow Broadway it may come as a surprise that Alexander and Short are song and dance men, but not only can they sing and dance both men have won Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.

Even before it's opening night the buzz around town was that "The Producers" is the newest must see show at the Pantages. Estimated to have to have sold $24 million in advanced ticket sales this figure does not include any group sales. "The Producers" also has the honor of being the most awarded show in Broadway History with a record of 12 Tony Awards and 11 Drama Desk Awards.

Electrical Jason Alexander stars as slimy producer Max Bialystock along side the hilarious slapstick humor of Martin Short as the mousy accountant Leo Bloom. Angie Schworer heats up the stage as the Swedish Bombshell Ulla. They are joined by a superb cast of zany actors, directors and Nazis. If you like to laugh and enjoy irreverent humor, lots of jokes, fabulous actors singers and dancers, campy costumes and (did I mention laughing?); then be sure not to miss "The Producers".

Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks. Performances are at the Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd (between Vine and Argyle) now through January 4, 2004. You can get your tickets at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Tower Records, Robinson's-May, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica and Ritmo Latino locations. As well as by phone at Ticketmasters 213/365-3500 and online at Ticket Prices are $25 - $95. Website:

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