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Location scenes filmed in New York City. Writer-director Mel Brooks reworked The Producers as a theatrical musical, which opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001. The hit show featured music and lyrics by Brooks, with the book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan. In 2005, Universal released a film version of the musical play, also entitled The Producers. Directed by Susan Stroman, the 2005 film featured Nathan Lane as "Max Bialystock" and Matthew Broderick as "Leo Bloom," the roles they played in the original Broadway run.