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The Producers: The New
Mel Brooks Musical

The Producers Original Broadway Cast Recording Site


The biggest hit to land on Broadway in years -- taking home a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards this past spring -- is "The Producers," Mel Brooks' stage adaptation of his 1968 Oscar-winning movie classic. In addition to cowriting the book for the Broadway incarnation of his madcap tale -- which follows a desperate producer and mild-mannered accountant's attempt to make a fortune by producing a surefire bomb -- Brooks composed the music and lyrics for 16 new songs. Now GREAT PERFORMANCES goes behind the scenes as Brooks brings his personal antics to the all-day original cast album recording session with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Tony-winning director Susan Stroman, featuring performances of 10 songs from his delightfully expanded score.

A timeline of some of the key events on the production's road from movie to theater phenomenon are featured in the Multimedia Presentation: "The Producers" Scrapbook. In Dialogue, watch interviews with three of the show's stars: Cady Huffman (Ulla), Gary Beach (Roger de Bris), and Brad Oscar (Franz Liebkind). Read a synopsis of the Broadway show.

Top banner photos: Nathan Lane; the stars of the musical, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane; Mel Brooks; music supervisor Glen Kelly with Mel Brooks.

Susan Stroman

Director and choreographer Susan Stroman, who won the 2001 Tony for "The Producers."

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick plays mousy accountant Leo Bloom in the Broadway hit.