Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated R
Original Broadway Version
A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud spectacle.
Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers
once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face
humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards
and wowing capacity crowds night after night.
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his
mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most
notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old
ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show
is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they
maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously
offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money
and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad
comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a
poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks
and Thomas Meehan
(Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
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The Robber Bridegroom actually opened on Broadway twice within one year. The first time, in October, 1975, starring Kevin Kline. A second production opened in October 1976 starring Barry Bostwick. Each was nominated for Tony's® in two separate years!