The Producers (2001 Original Broadway Cast)
 : The Producers (2001 Original Broadway Cast)

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Sony
EAN: 0069699896462
Format: Cast Recording
Item Dimensions: 3356224492
Label: Sony Music
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony Music
Model: 2110938
MPN: MFR696998964624#VG
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: April 17, 2001
Publisher: Sony Music
Release Date: April 17, 2001
Running Time: 70 minutes
Studio: Sony Music

Disc 1:
  1. Overture - The Producers Orchestra
  2. Opening Night - The Producers Ensemble
  3. The King of Broadway - The Producers Ensemble
  4. We Can Do It - Nathan Lane
  5. I Wanna Be a Producer - The Producers Ensemble
  6. In Old Bavaria - Brad Oscar
  7. Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop - Nathan Lane
  8. Keep It Gay - Roger Bart
  9. When You Got It, Flaunt It - Nathan Lane
  10. Along Came Bialy - The Producers Ensemble
  11. That Face - Matthew Broderick
  12. Haben Sie gehört das Deutsche band? - Brad Oscar
  13. Opening Night - Jennifer Smith
  14. You Never Say Good Luck on Opening Night - Roger Bart
  15. Springtime for Hitler/ Heil Myself - The Producers Ensemble
  16. Where Did We Go Right? - Nathan Lane
  17. Betrayed - Nathan Lane
  18. 'Til Him - The Producers Ensemble
  19. Prisoners of Love - The Producers Ensemble
  20. Goodbye! - The Producers Ensemble
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Product Description:
Producers ~ Broadway Cast
The Producers was the vehicle that first proclaimed Mel Brooks's decidedly singular comic vision as a film director in 1968. At the time, the world may not have been entirely ready for the depth charges of hilarity he unleashed; but more than three decades later, it seemed almost foreordained that the film's retooling as a full-fledged musical--directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman--would become the smash hit of the 2000-2001 Broadway season (even before opening at the St. James Theatre in April). Brooks is, of course, no stranger to the Broadway musical genre or to songwriting, but skeptics might find themselves taken by surprise at just how outrageously well all the threads come together for the new show.

The film's absurd core vignette--the infamous "Springtime for Hitler"--if anything gains a few notches in hilarity when framed by a character-rich musical that comes off as both parody and valentine in its mimicry of Broadway's "golden age." Brooks (with the help of idiomatically expert arrangements by Glen Kelly) has cooked up a variety of numbers constituting a virtual primer of old-fashioned American musical comedy styles (there's even a toying with Cabaret-style decadence), but they're always coated with an extra layer of zaniness. In fact, the whole show becomes a Chinese box of parodies within parodies. But what really gets the whole mix working is a surefire cast headed by Nathan Lane playing Max Bialystock and Matthew Broderick doing a delightfully nebbish turn with delusions of misplaced glory as his sidekick, Leo Bloom.

From his first big number (musically winking at Fiddler on the Roof), Lane hungrily lays claim to the role, undaunted by his formidable predecessor, Zero Mostel. Even on disc, you can visualize his over-the-top mugging as a dethroned "king of Broadway" who was "the first producer ever to do summer stock in the winter." Comedy, as they say, is all about timing, and that's exactly what Lane gets right. His interactions with Bloom, Franz Liebkind (Brad Oscar), and Roger de Bris (Gary Beach) are priceless, even when only in sound. As for the tunes, Brooks crafts a number of truly memorable ones--don't be surprised to find yourself horrified as you hum along with "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop" and, of course, "Springtime for Hitler." --Thomas May

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