Mel Brooks has long been hailed as one of the greatest satirical writers of our time is also the man responsible for one of the longest running Broadway musicals ever, The Producers. What makes The Producers so notable is its ability to successfully transcend from film to the stage. Many have tried and many have failed but The Producers still keeps its place in the shelf with most beloved and recognizable musicals to grace the Broadway stage.
Originally written as a movie which was released in 1968 with impeccable review the great record producer, David Geffen convinced Brooks to adapt it into a musical. The Producers was adapted by Mel Brooks himself with the help of Thomas Meehan, best known for his work on “Annie”. In 2005 it was readapted into a movie that received mixed reviews. As The Producers is Broadway play about Broadway play it struck great popularity with people in “the business”, drawing many top Hollywood stars to try out for roles in the musical.
Set in 1959, the story concerns two scheming theatrical producers who try to get rich quick by overselling interests in a Broadway play about Hitler they expect to flop. Hilarity and madness ensue when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of Nazis, and many show business in-jokes.
The musical has brought us such great hits as “Opening Night” and “There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway”. The producers is wonderful showcase a Mel Brooks’ songwriting skills prompting many to believe that Brooks should have focused more on his musical career than writing satirical comedies. Like Mel Brooks, The Producers has stood the test of time and is still in rotation on Broadway as well as touring the world’s stage. If musicals are your passion be sure not to miss this one, because after all “There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway”!