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Producers await Germans' reaction
Mel Brooks won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for The Producers
Hit musical The Producers, which features a chorus line of goosestepping Nazis, is set to be staged in Germany.

A German theatre company is considering putting on the show, which sees a producer trying to put on the world's worst show by making it unpalatable.

Creator Mel Brooks has invited a group of Germans to see it on Broadway to test their reaction to it.

"They will decide whether or not this is just too unspeakably rude for the Germans," said Brooks.

Brooks was in London to promote the London production which opens in the West End in November.

The musical is a stage version of Brooks' 1968 film featuring the characters of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom who make money from a bad taste show, even featuring a song called Springtime For Hitler.

The Broadway revival has been a huge success, winning 12 Tony Awards when Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the lead roles.

Speaking about a possible German run, Brooks said: "I said to them, why don't you get 25 Germans of disparate age and bring them to the St James Theatre.

Richard Dreyfuss (left) and Lee Evans
Richard Dreyfuss (left) and Lee Evans will star in the West End production
"See if it works out - if they are upset, or if they are young enough to roll with the punches and themselves make fun of the Nazi regime.

"If they like it, and say 'this will go down nicely', then we'll do it."

He added that young Germans had enjoyed the film but feared the older generation would take offence.

"We want to get people laughing, we don't want to offend anybody."

The lead roles in the West End production will be played by British actor and comedian Lee Evans and American actor Richard Dreyfuss.

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