Jason Manford will play it for laughs in The Producers

Funny man: Jason Manford is heading to Sunderland.

Funny man: Jason Manford is heading to Sunderland.

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THE Empire has announced that award-winning comedian Jason Manford will star in a new UK tour of The Producers.

Based on Mel Brooks’s beloved Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers, the musical comedy has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards.

It will tour the UK next spring, with a run at the Sunderland Empire in May.

Jason will take on the role of downtrodden accountant Leo Bloom in his first ever musical theatre UK tour.

But the comedian is no stranger to the stage as he already has an acclaimed West End role in Sweeney Todd, alongside Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, under his belt.

“I’m so thrilled to be starring in my favourite musical of all time. Mel Brooks is a genius and I’m so excited to be playing the iconic role he created. The show is a riot of laughs from start to finish,” he said.

Jason shot to stardom in 2007 as team captain on C4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Since then he has hosted prime-time television shows including Sunday Night at the Palladium, BBC1’s A Question of Sport: Super Saturday and The Royal Variety Performance.

The Producers tells the story of New York producer Max Bialystock who recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam.

Together they aim to produce the worst show ever and run away to Rio with millions of dollars, but they learn that showbusiness can always find a way to kick you in the teeth.

*The Producers is at Sunderland Empire from May 11-16.

Tickets are available from Tel. 0844 871 3022.