Susan Stroman to direct ‘The Producers’ at Hollywood Bowl


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Susan Stroman, the Broadway powerhouse who has won five Tony Awards, will direct and choreograph ‘The Producers’ at the Hollywood Bowl in July, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will announce on Thursday.

The musical is familiar territory for Stroman, who staged the original show on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 2001 and directed the movie version of the show in 2005.


‘The Producers’ is scheduled to run July 27 to 29 at the Bowl. No cast has been announced for the staging. (On Broadway, the show starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.) Recent Bowl productions of Broadway musicals have included ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Rent,’ ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Les Misérables.’

Based on the 1968 Mel Brooks movie, ‘The Producers’ tells the story of a theatrical impresario and an accountant who try to get rich by securing investments for a guaranteed Broadway flop, ‘Springtime for Hitler.’ The musical features songs by Brooks and a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan.

‘The Producers’ opened in Los Angeles in 2003 at the Pantages Theatre, with a cast including Jason Alexander and Martin Short.

Stroman recently directed and choreographed the musical ‘The Scottsboro Boys,’ which will make its local debut at the Old Globe in San Diego in April. The L.A. Phil also is announcing that the Hollywood Bowl season will feature an opening night celebration on June 22 hosted by Julie Andrews. Country singer Reba McEntire will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.


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