Act II opens in Bialystock
& Bloom's office, now totally redone by Ulla in Swedish modern.
When Ulla and Leo are left alone by Max, they reveal their mutual
stirrings of love.
Auditions. Who will play the coveted role of Adolf Hitler? Franz
Liebkind sweeps away all other contenders with his razzmatazz Broadway
rendition of the ever-popular number "Haben Sie Gehört Das
Once again, outside the Shubert Theatre. This time it is opening
night for "Springtime for Hitler." Leo commits a huge theatrical
gaffe when he innocently wishes everyone "good luck." Roger, Carmen,
and Franz, aghast, immediately explain to him in song that "You
Never Say Good Luck on Opening Night." Meanwhile Max, to ensure
failure, is sneakily saying "good luck" to everyone in sight. As
bad luck would have it, Franz breaks his leg, and Roger nervously
agrees to go on as Hitler in his place.
Now onstage at the Shubert Theatre, Roger, as Hitler, leads the
company in a spirited salute to the Third Reich ("Springtime for
Hitler"). Disaster! It's a success! The critics love "Springtime,"
calling it "a satirical masterpiece," "a surprise smash," and "the
best musical of the decade." Stunned and bewildered, Max and Leo
stagger back to their office, where they recite their litany of
woe. Max is arrested, and Leo scrams to Rio with Ulla and the two
in a jail cell awaiting trial, Max is crushed to get a postcard
from Leo and Ulla cheerfully letting him know what a great time
they are having without him. Tossing aside the card, Max vents his
anger and dismay.
A courtroom. Max has been found guilty and is about to be sentenced
when Leo bursts in, back from Rio, to turn himself in and take his
place at Max's side. Why did he come back? Because in Rio -- even
though he had Ulla and two million dollars, everything he'd ever
dreamed of -- he realized what Max really meant to him. Max and
Leo are together again, and will be for some time to come. They've
been sentenced to five years in Sing Sing.
Sing Sing. Max and Leo put on their all-singing, all dancing, all-convict
production, "Prisoners of Love." Good news! Having brought "joy
and laughter into the hearts of every murderer, rapist, and sex
maniac in Sing Sing," the governor has granted them a full pardon!
They're free! Next stop, Broadway!
The stage of the Shubert.
The Broadway version of Bialystock & Bloom's "Prisoners of Love"
is reprised in all its glitzy glory, starring Roger de Bris and
a chorus of gorgeous, scantily clad girl convicts.
the scene is once again Shubert Alley, where Leo and Max, on top
of the world as Broadway's most successful producers, celebrate
to the tune of "Prisoners of Love (Leo & Max). " Happy at last,
they walk off into the sunset as the final curtain falls. At the
end of the bows, Max and Leo lead the entire company in a final
Reprinted from "'The Producers' Original
Broadway Cast Recording" CD booklet, by kind permission of Sony
Classical. © 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Top banner photos: Nathan Lane; the stars
of the musical, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane; Mel Brooks; music
supervisor Glen Kelly with Mel Brooks.
Director and choreographer Susan Stroman, who won the 2001 Tony for "The Producers."
Matthew Broderick plays mousy accountant Leo Bloom in the Broadway hit.
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