Running since: March, 2001 Mel Brooks' long-running adaptation of his movie - an old-fashioned, slightly risqué Broadway musical comedy.
The Broadway production of The Producers closed April 22, 2007. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
Two producers hatch a money-making scheme and set out to make the worst show in Broadway history - they fail, the show succeeds, and hilarity reigns. This show has been packing them in since it opened, and everyone leaves grinning broadly.
Truth be told, it’s one of the racier shows on the street, with a couple four letter words, some strange lifestyle choices, and a kickline of dancing SS storm troopers singing the glories of the Third Reich, but it’s nothing that would seem out of place in Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein. A great buy for couples from out of town and those seeking an introduction to the grand old tradition of musical comedy that this town does so well.
Casting News: Two things to note. First, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick aren't in the show anymore. Second, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick aren't in the show anymore. Tony Danza has also left the show.
May be inappropriate for 10 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Here's an ad from the London production with some shots from the show:
Tony 2001: 13, including: Best Musical; Best Actor Musical (Nathan Lane); Best Featured Actor Musical (Gary Beach); Best Featured Actress Musical (Cady Huffman); Best Direction Musical (Susan Stroman); Choreography Musical (Susan Stroman)
A rip-roaring, gut-busting, rib-tickling, knee-slapping, aisle-rolling (insert your own compound adjective here) good time. "The Producers" is not a work of art, but it's a highly accomplished piece of lowdown entertainment. And how delicious that a show about the attempted detonation of a Broadway bomb should become the first Broadway smash of the new century.
New York Daily News
No new musical in ages has offered so much imagination, so much sheer pleasure.
New York Magazine
The score is always workmanlike in its lyrics, and if the tunes have a slightly recycled sound, they are nevertheless melodious and at times even rousing. And what you get from Miss Stroman's choreography and direction is, of course, well above what flounders in today's surrounding musicals.
New York Post
It is a mad joy to say that everything terrific you heard about "The Producers" is 100 percent true - well, 97 percent true, for a critic must keep a sense of proportion - and if you heard anything bad, it's a dirty lie. ‘THE Producers" is a cast-iron, copper-bottomed, superduper, mammoth old-time Broadway hit.
New York Times
The show comes at you like a supersonic train from its first scene... It's fast, fiece shameless, vulgar, and altogether blissful.
Admittedly a bit risque for little kids, "The Producers" is a musical cartoon for grown-ups that lampoons dear old Broadway with imaginative expertise and unquenchable gusto.
The Journal News
"The Producers" brings a fresh blast of giddy triumph to the Great White Way after a long, dry spell. It is a glossy, polished -- but always really sassy -- Broadway musical comedy.
...simply the funniest, most fearlessly irreverent thing I have ever seen on a Broadway stage.