Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Great Performances
HomeBroadcast ScheduleFeedbackNewsletter Great Performances Shop
Musical TheaterOpera on FilmClassical MusicDanceRegional PerformanceCinema
Multimedia PresentationsDialogueEducational ResourcesMusical Theater
Recording The Producers banner
Multimedia Presentation
"The Producers" Scrapbook
Lesson Plan
The Producers: The New Mel Brooks Musical
The Producers Original Broadway Cast Recording Site
The Nathan Lane Page
Matthew Broderick: From Here to Infinity



Act II

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 Deutsche Band?"

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 million dollars.

Alone 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.

Finally, 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 farewell.

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.

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.

Great Performances Shop

This program is available on VHS and DVD.