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Monday, 4 June, 2001, 04:40 GMT 05:40 UK
Musical makes Broadway history
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in The Producers
Satirical musical The Producers has high-kicked its way to a record 12 Tony Awards, including best musical.

Based on Mel Brooks' classic 1968 comedy movie, the show has been one of the most successful productions on Broadway in many years

"I'm going to have to do the hardest thing I've ever done in my life - act humble," said Brooks, who picked up three awards for production, score and co-authoring the book of the show.

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks: Tony honours are a personal triumph
The best play honour went to Proof, which took three gongs at the glittering New York ceremony.

The Producers is about a bumbling producer and accountant who deliberately set out to create a musical that will flop so they can defraud investors

Their outrageous creation aims to shock by taking a Nazi theme and featuring songs such as Springtime for Hitler - but the money-spinning plan backfires.

The show stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who were both nominated for the best actor in a musical award.

When Lane won he dragged Broderick up on stage and accepted the award on behalf of them both.


The Producers' string of awards shattered the previous record of 10 Tonys set by Hello Dolly! in 1964.

Two of the show's awards went to Susan Stroman, honoured for the musical's direction and choreography, a prize she has taken on three previous occasions.

Daniel Sullivan took the direction of a play award for Proof and joked: "There must be some mistake. I had nothing to do with The Producers."

His leading lady, Mary-Louise Parker, picked up the best actress in a play award.

The best musical revival award went to 42nd Street and its star, Christine Ebersole got the top female musical prize.

The play revival award went to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Richard Easton, who plays poet A.E. Housman in Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love, took the best actor in a play prize.

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