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The Producers - INTRODUCTION



Max Bialystock, the onetime producing tycoon of Broadway desperately wants to make his fortune, together with Leo Bloom, an innocent but ambitious accountant, who has his own vision of becoming a successful Broadway producer.  Together, they discover that their fortunes may lie in producing a flop rather than a hit and begin the hunt for the worst show, worst director, and worst actors of all time.  Unfortunately for them, their dismal new production, Springtime for Hitler, ends up being a box office smash hit sensation throwing all their fool-proof plans into disarray.


About Mel Brooks

Born in 1926, Mel Brooks is a premiere American producer, director, writer, actor, and composer. He is known in Hollywood for his signature brand of broad farces and parodies.  In 2001, having previously won an Emmy, Grammy, and an Oscar, Mr. Brooks joined an elite group of EGOT winners with the addition of his Tony Award for The Producers.

The Producers is based on the 1968 Academy Award winning film of the same name, starring Zero Mostel (who originated the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof) and comic superstar Gene Wilder (star of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).  The film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry and placed on the American Film Institute's 100 Years…100 Laughs list. It's creator, Mel Brooks, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The success of The Producers on Broadway prompted a film version of the musical which premiered in 2005.

Mel Brooks, the 91-year old author of The Producers, was born into a Jewish family of German and Polish descent in Brooklyn, New York. He served in the United States Army as a corporal in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division, defusing land mines during World War II.  With first-hand experience fighting Nazi's, Mr. Brooks holds strong opinions about Hitler. In an interview in 2001, he famously said:

"I was never crazy about Hitler…If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win…That's why they do so well: they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter, they can't win. You show how crazy they are."

After a successful run of over 2,500 performances on Broadway, a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and over 10,000 performances worldwide, The Producers, Mel Brooks' most iconic work, finally comes to China. We hope it will bring you laughter as it has for millions of theatregoers worldwide.

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