Published: 19/11/2014 16:40 - Updated: 20/11/2014 11:26

Comedian's dream stage role

The Producers, Jason Manford
TV comedian and presenter Jason Manford is to star in a production of 'The Producers' at His Majesty's Theatre next summer.

 

AWARD-winning comedian and TV presenter Jason Manford will star in a brand new UK Tour of The Producers, which is coming to His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen for a week-long run next summer.

Based on Mel Brooks' Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards.

It opens at HMT for a seven-night run in Aberdeen on Monday, June 22, 2015.

"I'm so thrilled to be starring in my favourite musical of all time," said Manford.

"Mel Brooks is a genius and I'm so excited to be playing the iconic role he created in a show which is a riot of laughs from start to finish."

One of the UK's best-loved comedians, Manford will take on the role of downtrodden accountant Leo Bloom in his first ever musical theatre UK tour, but his wealth of stage experience includes a critically acclaimed role in the West End production of Sweeney Todd, alongside Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

He shot to stardom in 2007 as team captain on C4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and since then he has hosted prime-time TV shows including Sunday Night at the Palladium, BBC1's A Question of Sport: Super Saturday and The Royal Variety Performance.

He was the winner of ITV1's Born to Shine and will star in BBC TV's forthcoming drama Ordinary Lies.

Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway's greatest scam.

Together they aim to produce the worst show ever and run away to Rio with millions, but they learn that show-business can always find a way to kick you in the teeth.

Mel Brooks said: "It's brilliant to see The Producers being brought to life again with this new production and I can't wait to see what Jason Manford brings to the role of Leo."

Featuring the all-time classic song Springtime For Hitler, The Producers is widely rated as the funniest Broadway musical of all time.

Tickets for The Producers run at His Majesty's Theatre are available online now at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone on 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.

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