December 11, 2005

The Trailer Park: The Producers

Mel Brooks' The Producers is coming back to the big screen. This time in an all new film based on the hit Broadway show. The tale first appeared on the big screen back in 1968, in a film starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. It was Mel Brooks big screen debut, and film I have yet to see. Yes, you read that right. You probably wouldn't believe the list of classic films and/or important films that grace the "have yet to watch" list.

The Producers was brought back into the limelight as a Broadway musical that debuted in 2001. That year it won 12 Tony Awards and had 15 nominations, and has been going strong ever since. Part of that success had to be, at least in part, due to the performances from its two leads, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. Now, 4 years later, the duo, along with play's director, Susan Stroman. The first trailer for this collaboration has been up for sometime now, and it looks pretty darn good. For more information, please take a look at these extensive production notes.

Joining Broderick and Lane on the silver screen are Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, and Jon Lovitz. All of them singing and dancing their way through Springtime for Hitler. The trailer does a good job of giving us an idea of the story, while also highlighting the manic comedy that can only be the creation of Mel Brooks. Producers looking for another way to make money, finding the script, producing the show, all with a smile on their faces.

Broderick and Lane look as if they work very well together, and the addition of Uma as the singing and dancing starlet is comic gold. Then, we see Will Ferrell in army gear talking to his pigeons, get ready to laugh. Want to know what they are singing? Check out this listing of the song lyrics.

This is Susan Stroman's first feature film as a director, plus she also serves as choreographer. She has made a name for herself as a Broadway director and choreographer, having won 5 Tony's and numerous other accolades, now she tries her hand at the silver screen. I do not know anything about her work, not having seen the play, but hopefully her critical success on the stage can translate to another medium. She directed from a script written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, from their original stageplay, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks.

The Producers goes into wide release on Christmas Day, attempting to bring a little bit of joy to the holiday season. Be sure to check out the trailer and the official website.


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