Mel Brooks' "The Producers" to open in Denmark

Mel Brooks' "The Producers," which went from Hollywood comedy classic to Broadway musical sensation, is to open in Danishб the first non-English version of the show the theater manager said Friday. The musical, carrying the original English name, will run at Copenhagen's Ny Teater from Jan. 26 until the end of May.

After seeing the musical in New York in 2002, manager Niels-Bo Valbro decided his downtown theater should have it. "It was the most witty performance ever written," he told the AP.

Actors Preben Kristensen and Steen Springborg will alternate as the unscrupulous impresario Max Bialystock, while Mads Knarreborg and Kristian Boland will portray his companion Leopold Bloom.

The musical is based on Brooks' 1968 movie in which the scamsters Bialystock and Bloom raise more money than is needed to put on a flop musical. They plan to run off with the excess when the show, "Springtime for Hitler," closes. Of course, it is a hit, reports the AP. N.U.