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Photo Coverage: The Producers Closing Night Party at Tony's

The Producers played its final performance on Sunday, April 22, 2007, after playing 33 preview performances and 2,502 regular performances at Broadway's St. James Theatre.  The closing night party later took place at Tony's DiNapoli Times Square.

Mel Brooks' new musical, Young Frankenstein, with a score by Mel Brooks, a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and direction & choreography by Susan Stroman, will play the St. James Theatre following The Producers.

The musical, which opened on April 19, 2001 to rave reviews, is the recipient of the most Tony Awards in theater history (with 12 wins including Best Musical). The day after its opening, The Producers broke the record for the largest single day box office gross in theater history, taking in more than $3 million, and then went on to break its own record in 2003 with over $3.5 million in single day ticket sales.

Two national touring companies played 74 cities throughout the United States, beginning in September 2002, and grossed over $214 million.  To date, The Producers has played in twelve countries around the world.  Currently, there are productions running in Las Vegas, Budapest, Copenhagen, Italy, Korea, Spain, Mexico, Israel and Prague.  A major motion picture version of the show was released by Sony Pictures in 2005.  "Based on Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, The Producers is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical 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. Their "sure-fire" theatrical fiasco?. . . None other than the musical Springtime for Hitler," state press notes.

The shwo has a Tony Award-winning book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, and Tony Award winning direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. At closing, it starred John Treacy Egan as Max Bialystock, Hunter Foster as Leo Bloom, Lee Roy Reams as Roger De Bris, Angie Schworer as Ulla, Brad Musgrove as Carmen Ghia, and Bill Nolte as Franz Liebkind.

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Hunter Foster and Jennifer Cody

Hunter Foster and Bruce Dimpflmaier

Preston Ridge and Hunter Foster

Sarrah Strimel, Bob Buckler and Laura Koch

Eric Gunhus (seated center) with Charles Fulcher, Jeff Gunhus and Marty Gunhus 

Peter Marinos and Justin Greer

Scott Cain, Angie C. Creighton, Jessica Dermody,  and Misty Fernandez

Robert Fowler, Angie C. Creighton, Wendy Warning, Sarrah Strimel and Angie Schworer

Liz McKendry, Robert Fowler, Angie C. Creighton, Wendy Warning, Sarrah Strimel and Angie Schworer

John Hillner, Wendy Waring, Stacey Todd Holt and Laurie Kilmartin

Mary Garamy, Marge Schworer, Angie Schworer, Frank Garamy and Phil Schworer

Courtney Young, Justin Greer, Liz McKendry, Stacey Todd Holt and Angie C. Creighton

Angie Schworer and Hunter Foster

Christina Norrup and Angie Schworer

Bruce Dimpflmaier, Jennifer Cody and Hunter Foster

Eric Gunhus and Jennifer Smith

Top Row: Robert Fowler, Angie Schworer, Peter Marinos and Christina Norrup; Bottom Row: Jennifer Smith, Madeleine Doherty, Kathy Fitzgerald, Eric Gunhus and Angie C. Creighton

Top Row: Eric Gunhus, Jim Borstelmann. Angie Schworer, Robert Fowler and Christina Norrup; Bottom Row: Kathy Fitzgerald, Jennifer Smith and Peter Marinos

Jim Borstelmann and Angie Schworer

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