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November 29, 2002

Mel Brooks' hit musical The Producers is about a pair of shady producers trying to make a bundle off a guaranteed turkey. I play music from both the show and the original film, and talk witih Lewis J. Standlen, who plays Max in the current tour.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The King of Broadway The Producers (OC 2002) Nathan Lane and Ensemble Max Bialystock remembers the Good Old Days when he was on the top.
Interview with Lewis J. Stadlen Stadlen plays Max in the touring company of The Producers that plays the Fox from December 10 - 28.
Springtime for Hitler The Producers (OS 1967) Company This the set piece that most people remember from the film. It's the title tune from the musical the Max and Leo hope will be so bad it will close on opening night, thereby allowing them to skip town with the investors' dollars.
When You Got It, Flaunt It The Producers (OC 2002) Cady Huffman, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick Ulla, the sexy Swedish receptionist, and her philosophy of life. The role is greatly expanded in the stage version; in the original film she's little more than set decoration.
Prisoners of Love (Leo and Max) The Producers (OC 2002) Gary Beach, Cady Huffman, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Ensemble The final number, in which Leo and Max discover they have a Get Out of Jail Free card and go on to conquer Broadway with a string of hits, including A Streetcar Named Murray, Katz and Death of a Salesman On Ice!
Goodbye! The Producers (OC 2002) Ensemble The ultimate curtain call number, concluding with these deathless lines: "We're glad you came but we have to shout / Adios, au revior, wiedersehen, ta-ta-ta / Goodbye, get lost, get out!"


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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