I spent the day in a Juneau Lyric Opera retreat, where one of the recurring topics was how everything we do requires a producer. And just what was expected of a producer. And all thru the discussion, in the back of my brain I kept hearing music from the 2001 smash Tony Award winner, Mel Brook’s The Producers. So, that’s what we listening to this afternoon.
The story is pretty simple, a Broadway has-been and his unhappy accountant figure out that a major flop could make them more money than a smash. But the flop they produce – wrong play with the wrong director – is so bad it is actually good, and then they have major problems.
Nominated for 12 Tony’s, it won everyone of them! And 11 Drama Desk Awards!
Music Mel Brooks<
Lyrics Mel Brooks
Book Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Basis Mel Brooks's 1968 film The Producers