'Producers' closing after 2,500 perfs


NEW YORK -- "The Producers,'' Mel Brooks' record-setting musical about two men trying to create a Broadway flop, will close in New York on April 22 after more than 2,500 performances, the show's public relations firm said on Friday.

The musical comedy, created from Brooks' 1968 movie, won a record-breaking 12 Tony awards after it opened on Broadway in 2001 with Nathan Lane starring as scheming theatrical producer Max Bialystock and Matthew Broderick as his wily accountant Leo Bloom. The musical led to worldwide stage productions and a follow-up major Hollywood film in 2005.