Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated R
Original Broadway Version
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 musical that earned the most Tony Awards was The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical (2001). The show won 12 Tony Awards.