Oz rolls out the carpet

'Urinetown,' 'Producers' bows split stars

MELBOURNE– Melbourne’s red carpets got heavy workouts April 17-18 when a slew of events kept paparazzi snapping throughout the weekend.

On Saturday night, Australia’s second city hosted dueling preems for two musicals — the Melbourne Theater Company’s “Urinetown” at the Playhouse and “The Producers” at the Princess Theater.

“The Producers” was originally pegged to preem the following week, but got bumped earlier by producers SEL and GFO too late for MTC to move “Urinetown’s” bow.

So the audience was split between the only two tuners in town.

“The Producers” was the big-ticket event, with creator Mel Brooks, politicos and lots of TV stars — visiting from Sydney for the Logie Awards the following evening — on hand.

Still, more than one guest at “The Producers” after-party sheepishly admitted they’d spent the last few hours at “Urinetown.”

The next night, the television industry gathered for the Logies, while across town Melbourne legiters held their Green Room kudofest at the Victorian Arts Center and then Her Majesty’s Theater.

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