The Producers is about to open on Broadway
staring Nathan Lane
as Max Bialystock
and Matthew Broderick
as Leo Bloom
The $10.5 million show already has 13$ million in advance ticket sales
, wrote the songs.
Brooks wrote and directed the 1968
film of the same name, for which he won an Oscar
for best original screenplay.
The musical already has gotten rave reviews in Chicago
, but Brooks admits he wants accolades in New York.
"It sounds crass and crude, but it's true. ... You wanna kill 'em on Broadway," he says. "That's the Great White Way
. That's the dream of every little Brooklyn Jewish kid
who ever thought about show business."
The Producers has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards
Matthew Broderick, “The Producers”
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC & LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Nathan Lane, “The Producers”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gary Beach, “The Producers”
Brad Oscar, “The Producers”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Cady Huffman, “The Producers”
BEST SCENIC DESIGN
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
In the end the musical play "The Producers" won twelve Tony awards. That is the most Tony awards ever awarded to one show. They included awards for best musical show, best performance by an actor in a musical, best dancing and best directing.