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'The Producers' Closes Las Vegas Run with Danza Feb. 9

The Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' 12-time Tony Award-winning musical, The Producers is announced to close at the Paris on February 9, 2008.  Tony Danza will continue to portray down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock through the remainder of the production's run.

The cut-down 90-minute version of The Producers began its Las Vegas run on January 31, 2007 followed by a gala opening February 9, 2007.

Perhaps best known for his work in "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?," Danza appeared in the role of Bialystock at Broadway's St. James Theatre earlier this year.  His other television credits include hosting the popular talk show "The Tony Danza Show," Showtime's 12 Angry Men (opposite George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon), an Emmy-nominated turn in David E. Kelley's "The Practice, " and "Family Law."   Danza's screen credits include the Academy Award-winning feature film Crash, Walt Disney's Angels in the Outfield, She's Out of Control, and A Brooklyn State of Mind

For his theatrical debut in Wrong Turn at Lungfish, he earned an Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination.  After his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, Danza received critical acclaim for his portrayal of 'Rocky' in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh opposite Kevin Spacey (Brook Atkinson Theater).  In the fall of 2006, Danza starred in the romantic comedy I Remember You on stage in Los Angeles.  Also a cabaret performer, he released his debut album "The House I Live In" in 2003.

The Las Vegas production has also starred Leo Raben, Lee Roy Reams, David Hasselhoff, Bill Nolte and Leigh Zimmerman. Based on Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, "The Producers is the story of 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," according to press notes.

The musical, which originally starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, features a Tony Award-winning book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Brooks, and Tony Award-winning direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The musical also includes Tony Award-winning set design by Robin Wagner, Tony Award-winning costume design by William Ivey Long, Tony Award-winning lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound design by Steve Kennedy.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Paris Las Vegas Box Office at 877-374-7469. Group tickets can be purchased for groups of 15 or more by calling 800-828-3830. Show schedule: Monday - Friday 8PM, Saturday 6PM & 9PM, and Dark Sunday.

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