"The Producers" To End Broadway Run

Matthew Broderick returned to the stage for a part in the smash hit production of Mel Brooks' "The Producers." Nathan Lane, left, and Broderick are shown in a scene from "The Producers," in this undated handout photo.
A big piece of Broadway history is about to go the way of the Automat and Gimbels.

Mel Brooks' hit musical "The Producers" will play for the final time on April 22.

Brooks says it's been "pure joy" working on the show, which won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards in 2001. It's based on his 1968 film about two producers who scam money from little old ladies to put on a flop. Only the flop turns out to be a hit.

There was later a film version of the musical, as well as numerous performances in other cities across the globe.

By the time the final curtain comes down, "The Producers" will have run for more than 2,500 performances.