Mel Brooks’ hysterically funny showbiz musical, The Producers, is set for a revival at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre later this month.
Winner of a record breaking 12 Tony Awards, The Producers is the highlight of the theatre’s summer season and follows a long tradition of the venue staging annual, big budget, musicals.
With music & lyrics by Mel Brooks, The Producers was first seen in 1968 as a film starring Gene Wilder.
But the show didn’t appear on Broadway for another 30 years, where it proved a box office smash.
Another film followed in 2005, directed by Susan Stroman, that starred an ensemble cast led by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell.
The Producers was first seen in the UK at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane where it ran for three years and 920 performances, starring Nathan Lane and comedy legend Lee Evans.
This new production will feature Hollyoaks’ Ali Bastian as Ulla, the sexy Swedish secretary, with Paul Easom (The Girls: A Musical) as scheming Max Bialystock and newcomer Ryan Owen as naive and ambitious accountant, Leo Bloom.
The remaining cast includes Oliver Stanley as lunatic Nazi, Franz Liebkind; Daniel Page as theatre director Roger Debris and Phil Joel plays the outrageous Carmen Ghia.
This sensational musical runs at The Gordon Craig Theatre from August 29 to September 9.