Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks, Book by Mel Brooks & Tom Meehan
Directed & Choreographed by Susan Stroman
Review by Alan Bird
Mel Brooks is surely the zaniest comic genius ever, and in the musical version of his hit movie ï¿½The Producersï¿½, we see just how zany he really is. Who would have thought that a musical with the song ï¿½Spring Time for Hitlerï¿½ would prove to be an all time Broadway classic!
The story concerns Max Bialystock a struggling Broadway producer and Leo Bloom a stage-struck accountant. These two men join forces in order to make mega-bucks by producing the worst musical ever seen on Broadway. When they receive a musical script from Franz Liebkind, a ex-nazi storm trooper, which tells the story of Hitlerï¿½s rise to power in song and dance, they are convinced that they have found a show that is guaranteed to offend just about everybody.
The musical has nazi arm-band wearing chickens, dancing storm troopers, dirty old ladies with euphemisms such as ï¿½Lick-me Bite-meï¿½ and ï¿½Hold-me, Touch-meï¿½, a song with the refrain ï¿½Donï¿½t be stupid / Be a smarty / Come and join the Nazi party!ï¿½ And the marvellously scandalous closing number ï¿½Spring Time for Hitlerï¿½, which sees an outrageously camp Fuhrer take centre stage.
This musical is sure to offend anyone with out a funny bone and bring nothing but child-like glee to everyone else. To quote words from ï¿½Spring Time for Hitlerï¿½, the audience is sure to leave the theatre feeling ï¿½Happy and Gayï¿½.
The Producers is an absolute must see!
What the critics had to say when the show opened in 2001.....
BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says ï¿½It's fast, fierce, shameless, vulgar and altogether blissful.ï¿½ JOHN LAHR of THE NEW YORKER says ï¿½Mel Brooks is back, mit a bing, mit a bang, mit a boom.ï¿½ RICHARD ZONGLIN of TIME MAGAZINE says ï¿½What's not to love?ï¿½ RICHARD CORLISS also of TIME MAGAZINE says ï¿½I wasnï¿½t overwhelmed. Justï¿½whelmed.ï¿½ CLIVE BARNES of NY POST says ï¿½mammoth old-time Broadway hitï¿½ FRANK SCHECK of HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says ï¿½delirious a feeling as you'll ever experience in the theater.ï¿½ HOWARD KISSEL of NY DAILY NEWS says ï¿½so much imagination, so much sheer pleasure.ï¿½ ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says ï¿½most raucous good time to be had.ï¿½ MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says ï¿½it will split your ribs with mirthï¿½ ACQUES le SOURD of NY JOURNAL NEWS says ï¿½fresh blast of giddy triumphï¿½
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