The Producers: Paving the Way for Offensive Broadway Musicals since 1968
Before Trey Parker and Matt Stone were offending the masses with the groundbreaking South Park cartoon, and now the massively successful Book of Mormon, there was Mel Brooks.
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The Producers Plot
Brooks – a screenwriter, composer, comedian, actor and producer – is perhaps best known for his work on films like Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and of course, The Producers. The 1968 cult-classic circles around characters Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom. The two men become entangled when failing theatrical producer Bialystock hatches a plan to create “the worst musical ever written.” Antics ensue as Bialystock attempts to raise cash for the play and pocket it all after it’s a one-night flop, with Bloom acting as his timid – but willing – accountant and sidekick. The film stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, and was Brooks’ first directorial debut.
The Producers Adaptations
In 2001, Brooks adapted the film from the big screen to the stage. Starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, the Broadway rendition of The Producers would go on to be one of the most successful plays in Broadway history, earning itself a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and tours through London and the U.S. In 2005, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Uma Thurman starred in an a film adaptation of the play which was directed by Susan Stroman.
You can catch The Producers in Largo, Florida at the Largo Cultural Center in March of 2013. Don’t miss it!