Award winning comedian Jason Manford, choreographer and dancer Louie Spence, king of improvisation Ross Noble and Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phill Jupitus will lead the cast of Mel Brooks’ smash-hit musical The Producers.
They will join West End stars Cory English as Max Bialystock, Tiffany Graves as Ulla and David Bedella as Roger DeBris.
Jason plays Leo Bloom, a downtrodden accountant recruited by New York producer Max to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. Jason said; “I’m so thrilled to be starring in my favourite musical of all time. Mel Brooks is a genius and I’m so excited to be playing the iconic role he created. The show is a riot of laughs from start to finish.”
Joining Jason are fellow comedians Phill Jupitus and Ross Noble, who will be sharing the role of Franz Liebkind,a short-fused, carrier pigeon keeping former Nazi recruited by Max and Leo to stage the worst musical of all time. Phill is a star of both stage and screen, as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks since 1996 as well as credits in musicals Hairspray, Spamalot and Urinetown.
Ross, following 14 sell-out worldwide tours, will be making his musical theatre debut as Franz, saying: “I am very excited about appearing in The Producers. I am a huge fan of the show and for anyone who loves comedy, the chance to perform the work of Mel Brooks is amazing!”
Reprising his role as Max Bialystock is Cory English, whose previous performances on the West End and on tour garnered him critical acclaim. He is joined by leading lady Tiffany Graves as Ulla, a Swedish actress and the object of Leo Bloom’s affections.
The role of flamboyant theatrical director Roger DeBris will be played by West End and Broadway star David Bedella, who won the 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed role in Jerry Springer the Opera. TV favourite and one of the UK’s most unique dance talents, Louie Spence, will play his equally flamboyant assistant Carmen Ghia who, together with Roger, is hired by the Bialystock and Bloom to ‘keep it gay!’
Completing the cast are Abigail Brodie, Jaye Elster, Rebecca Fennelly, Olivia Fines, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Fenton Gray, Aime Hodnett, Paul Hutton, Nia Jermin, Joel Montague, Genevieve Nicole, Tosh Wanogho-Maud, Jay Webb, Russell Wilcox and Aron Wild.