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The 'MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS' at Paris Las Vegas announces superstar Tony Danza to play 'Max Bialystock' in the smash hit Vegas production

The most honored show in Broadway history, the MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS, at Paris Las Vegas announced today that Tony Danza has been signed to reprise his role as the down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock in the Las Vegas production following his Broadway run.

"I am thrilled that Tony has decided to play Max in the Las Vegas production. He's a Vegas guy and just belongs there," said Mel Brooks.

"He will take over and set Vegas on its ear. His moves are so clean and neat and his voice is so fabulous. I think he's gonna shake things up and make for a hard ticket to get!"

Perhaps best known for his sitcom personas, Tony Danza is indisputably one of America's most popular performers. Having starred on some of television's most beloved and long-running series, from "Taxi" to "Who's the Boss," Danza also has established himself as a stage and screen star, as well as a respected entertainer.

For his theatrical debut in "Wrong Turn at Lungfish," he earned an Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination.

On stage, Danza received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rocky the bartender in the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" opposite Kevin Spacey in its return to Broadway at the Brook Atkinson Theater. He made his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play "A View From The Bridge."

"I loved doing The Producers on Broadway and I can't wait to do it again...AND in Vegas. WOW! " said Tony Danza.

Based on Mel Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, the show tells the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer, Max Bialystock (Tony Danza) and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together, with the help of their flamboyant director, Roger DeBris and Ulla, the sexy Swedish blonde, they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference.

Their "sure-fire" theatrical fiasco?....None other than the musical Springtime for Hitler! The MEL BROOKS' musical comedy THE PRODUCERS had its gala premiere at Paris Las Vegas on February 9, 2007.

The MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001 to unanimous rave reviews and is the recipient of the most Tony Awards in Broadway History (12, including Best Musical).

THE PRODUCERS has a Tony Award-winning book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and Tony Award-winning direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The musical also has scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski (Tony winners all for their work).

THE PRODUCERS was originally produced on the New York stage by Rocco Landesman, Live Nation, The Frankel-Baruch-Viertel-Routh Group, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Rick Steiner, Robert F.X. Sillerman and Mel Brooks in association with James D. Stern and Douglas Meyer and by special arrangement with StudioCanal. Paris Las Vegas is a Harrah's Entertainment resort.

From its dramatic 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower to authentic architectural reproductions, elegant décor and superb convention facilities, to its fine cuisine, European-inspired boutiques and world-class entertainment - Paris Las Vegas celebrates the romance, excitement and savoir-faire of the European City of Light.

In the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the passion, excitement and sophistication of Paris Las Vegas transports guests to Europe's most romantic city.

Tickets can be purchased online at parislasvegas.com or by calling the Paris Las Vegas Box Office at 877-374-7469. Group tickets can be purchased for groups of 15 or more by calling 800-828-3830. Show schedule: Monday - Friday 8 pm, Saturday 6 pm & 9 pm, and Dark Sunday.

LAS VEGAS, June 19, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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