Award-winning comedian and quiz-show host Jason Manford is set to star in a brand new UK Tour of The Producers.
Based on Mel Brooks’ beloved Oscar-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards.
It opens its UK tour in March.
Jason Manford will take on the role of downtrodden accountant Leo
Bloom in his first ever musical theatre UK tour.
Manford’s wealth of experience spans from a critically acclaimed West End role in Sweeney Todd, alongside Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, to award-winning stand-up comedy shows across the country.
He shot to stardom in 2007 as team captain on C4’s 8 Out of 10
Cats, since then he has hosted prime time television shows including Sunday Night at the Palladium, BBC1’s A Question of Sport: Super Saturday and The Royal Variety Performance.
Jason was the winner of ITV1’s Born to Shine and will star in BBC TV’s forthcoming drama Ordinary Lies.
Jason said: “I’m so thrilled to be starring in my favourite musical of all time.
“Mel Brooks is a genius and I’m so excited to be playing the iconic role he created.
“The show is a riot of laughs from start to finish.”
Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam.
Together they aim to produce the worst show ever and run away
to Rio with millions – but they learn that showbusiness can always find a way to kick you in the teeth.
Mel Brooks said: “It’s brilliant to see The Producers being brought to life again with this new production and I
can’t wait to see what Jason Manford brings to the role of Leo.”
The Producers features a riotous mix of eccentric characters and show stopping songs that will have you toe-tapping your way through the brilliant world of Broadway.
Further star casting to be announced
UK TOUR DATES 2015
March 6–14, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
March 16-21, Palace Theatre, Manchester
March 23-28, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
March 30-April 4, Milton Keynes Theatre
April 7-11, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
April 13-18, Theatre Royal, Brighton
April 20-25, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
April 27-May 2, Bristol Hippodrome
May 4-9, Grand Opera House, Belfast
May 11-16, Empire Theatre, Sunderland
May 18-23, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
May 25-30, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
June 1-6, Empire Theatre, Liverpool
June 8-13, Grand Theatre, Leeds
June 15-20, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
June 22-27, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
June 29-July 4, Oxford New Theatre
July 6-11, Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin.