The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, June 28, 2007.

'Producers' bows out of Broadway scene

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The curtain fell for the last time Sunday on the hit musical comedy "The Producers," which closed three days after its sixth anniversary on New York's Broadway.

'Producers' to end Broadway run

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- "The Producers," Mel Brooks' musical version of his movie by the same name, will close April 22 after a six-year, record-setting run on New York's Broadway.

Crooner Frankie Laine dies at 93

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Frankie Laine, whose booming voice found a home in songs as "I Believe" and "Mule Train," died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital in San Diego at the age of 93.

Ron Carey, Levitt on 'Barney Miller,' dies

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Ron Carey, the actor who played Officer Carl Levitt on the comedy hit "Barney Miller," died of a stroke in a Los Angeles hospital at age 71.

Tony Danza to join 'The Producers'

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Tony Danza is set to take over the role of Max Bialystock in the Mel Brooks musical, "The Producers," on Broadway.

Peter Boyle, 71, father on 'Raymond,'

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Peter Boyle, the nosy, curmudgeonly father on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," died at a New York hospital at the age of 71.

Broadway show eyeing Lopez of 'Stars'

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- As part of an effort to strengthen "The Producers," the Broadway production is set to hire "Dancing with the Stars" standout Mario Lopez, a report said.

Hathaway eyeing chance to 'Get Smart'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Actress Anne Hathaway is considering joining the Hollywood adaptation of the former TV sitcom "Get Smart."

'The Producers' shortened for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Catering to the tastes of tourists, the 2007 Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" has been cut to one act running just 90 minutes.

Hasselhoff to be one of Vegas' 'Producers'

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff has signed onto a Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' hit stage musical, "The Producers."

Student sent home for Hitler costume

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A New York high school student was removed from class after he showed up at school on Halloween dressed as Adolf Hitler.

'The Producers' losing money?

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Mel Brooks' Broadway show, "The Producers," is making only $450,000 a week -- and could be in danger of closing, it was reported Wednesday.

Brooks aiding animated 'Spaceballs' series

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Legendary director Mel Brooks has begun working with three media companies to produce an animated U.S. TV series modeled after his film "Spaceballs."

Brooks to revisit 'Frankenstein' on-stage

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Plans are reported to be forging ahead to bring Mel Brooks' classic film parody "Young Frankenstein" to the Broadway stage.

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Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2006 with 186 to follow.
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'Young Frankenstein' to hit the stage

WATER MILL, N.Y., June 14 (UPI) -- Producer Mel Brooks, co-writer Tom Meehan and arranger Glen Kelly are in New York working on a stage production of the 1974 movie hit, "Young Frankenstein."

Chenoweth to star in 'Young Frankenstein'

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth says she hopes to return to Broadway in the musical adaptation of a classic Mel Brooks film.

'Sesame Street' lyricist Hart dead at 68

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Bruce Hart, whose "Sesame Street" lyrics are known to generations of TV viewers, has died of lung cancer in New York at age 68. The lyricist who also provided the words for "Free to Be ... You and Me" and Cass Elliot's hit, "One Way Ticket," died Tuesday,

Stroman: Brooks is still in mourning

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Personal tragedy, as well as comic and musical sensibility, connected Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman as they created "The Producers" musical.

Hollywood is ready to 'Get Smart'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The stars are aligned for Hollywood's big screen version of the classic TV comedy "Get Smart."

Brooks mulls 'Young Frank' stage version

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Legendary producer Mel Brooks of "The Producers" fame is working on a Broadway version of his 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein."

TV's 'Queer Eye' star joins 'Producers'

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- TV's "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy" culture guru Jai Rodriguez is getting ready to join the Broadway production of "The Producers."

'Get Smart' star Don Adams dead at 82

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Actor Don Adams, best known for his role as Maxwell Smart on TV's Emmy Award-winning comedy "Get Smart," has died in Los Angeles at age 82.

Schneider praises the R-rated comedy

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Rob Schneider says he is glad audiences are flocking to R-rated comedy films like "Wedding Crashers."
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