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Hitler spoof musical set for Germany

Feb. 2, 2004 at 5:01 PM

LONDON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "The Producers", the musical which deliberately uses bad taste to send up the Nazi regime, is set to open in Berlin.

A German theatre company is keenly interested, Sky News reports, and is sending a group of German theatergoers to New York next month to appraise the musical which features the song "Springtime for Hitler".

Says producer Mel Brooks, "If they like it, and say `this will go down nicely', then we'll do it. They will decide whether or not this is just too unspeakably rude for the Germans."

He was in London to promote the Westg End production, which opens in November with Richard Dreyfuss and British comedy star Lee Evans in the lead roles.

The musical is a stage version of 77 year old Brooks' Oscar-winning 1968 film. It has been Broadway's biggest recent success and won an unprecedented 12 Tony Awards.

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