I was taken to the Fine Arts Center on Sunday to watch the last performance of the play, The Producers.
As did many, I had a roaring good time!!
First off, this was wriiten by Mel Brooks, so throw out the rule book. Everyone can / could be offended with his work, but that's alright. Nobody need be that serious, all the time. Think back to "Blazing Saddles" or "Get Smart" or "Young Frankenstein". All of these were from the genius mind of Mel Brooks, as well as many others. The play, when it was on Broadway, garnered 12 Tonys - the most by ANY show, ever. There was the original movie in 1968, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder and the 2005 remake, with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick (who starred on Broadway, too).
The audience at the F.A.C. was aware of the off-beat humor, the just over the top zingers and reacted with vigor to the cast as they sang and danced all their way along this funny and often side-splitting romp into the mind of one producer of Broadway plays who seemed destined to have them all close on opening night, a meek accountant offers a "talking to myself outloud" senario and the two become partners to try and make their fortunes. Throw in a former Nazi who tends to his pigeons and becomes a playwright, nuns in red garters, a gay director, a Swedish blonde and an ensemble of the rest of the cast, where they show up in many scenes as various characters and you have all the makings of mass hysteria!
When was the last time you laughed so hard, you cried?? BRAVO, BRAVO!