Producers [Sony Original Cast Recording]

The Producers [Sony Original Cast Recording]

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by Matthew Broderick
     
 
It may have taken him until his 70s to reveal it, but there must always have been a secret Broadway composer hidden within Mel Brooks’s heart. His original score for the theatrical presentation of his hit 1968 film The Producers exhibits his natural gift for comic songwriting. With hilarious lyrics matching frothy melodies, all brought off with the exuberant

Overview

It may have taken him until his 70s to reveal it, but there must always have been a secret Broadway composer hidden within Mel Brooks’s heart. His original score for the theatrical presentation of his hit 1968 film The Producers exhibits his natural gift for comic songwriting. With hilarious lyrics matching frothy melodies, all brought off with the exuberant styling of two Broadway troopers, Natahan Lane and Matthew Broderick, the show’s score extends the outrageous comic tropes of the unforgettable plot. Bawdy, satiric, fun-filled, and even poignant when called for, Brooks’s songs exist quite well apart from the show itself, a measure of his newly uncovered talent. And yes, old favorites like “Springtime for Hitler” and “Prisoners of Love” are here in all their excessive glory.-- William PearL

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mary Grady
Mel Brooks' The Producers is based on an intriguing conceit -- a musical stage adaptation of a narrative comedy film about a Broadway musical play. It succeeds brilliantly, as the transferred work is funnier than the original film upon which it's based. Brooks reveals himself to be a highly capable songwriter for musical comedy, both satirizing and celebrating classic musical styles. "Springtime for Hitler" and "Prisoners of Love" remain from the film version, and Brooks comes up with another assortment of catchy tunes for the stage version, including "The King of Broadway," "Keep It Gay," and "That Face." The songs and book showcase Brooks at his zaniest, crudest, and most politically incorrect. His cause is ably aided and abetted by his stars, Nathan Lane (Max Bialystock) and Matthew Broderick (Leo Bloom). Their performances are both capable and witty. Brad Oscar (Franz Liebkind) and Cady Huffman (Ulla) also stand out among the solid cast. The Producers' (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is an excellent representation of the show, with key bits of dialogue from the book between the songs. It's the next best thing to seeing the actual play.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998964624
catalogNumber:
89646
Rank:
37396

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matthew Broderick   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Stephanie Cummins   Cello,Celli
Benjamin Herman   Percussion
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Dan Levine   Trombone
Jesse Levy   Cello,Celli
Laura Seaton   Violin
Tim Sessions   Trombone
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Nathan Lane   Vocals,Track Performer
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Madeleine Doherty   Track Performer
Rick Dolan   Violin
Helen Kim   Violin
Gary Beach   Vocals,Track Performer
Laura Bontrager   Celli
Cady Huffman   Vocals,Track Performer
Grace Paradise   Harp
Frank Santagata   Woodwind
Kathy Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Peter Marinos   Track Performer
Ashley Horne   Violin
Laura Oatts   Violin
Naomi Katz   Violin
Roger Bart   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Fowler   Track Performer
Jeffry Denman   Vocals
Brad Oscar   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Wills   Vocals
Patrick S. Brady   Conductor
Bryn Dowling   Vocals
Jennifer Smith   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mel Brooks   Lyricist,Executive Producer,Book
Douglas Besterman   Orchestration
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer,Engineering
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Susan Stroman   Choreographer,Executive Producer,Direction
Glen Kelly   Arranger,Musical Supervision
Patrick S. Brady   Vocal Arrangements,Music Direction
Thomas Meehan   Book
Emily King   Editorial Production

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the cd before I saw the show!! This cd is FABULOUS!!! It is a riot. I laugh just listening to this very funny cd. Not only that, but the voices are superb!! You can feel the electricity in Nathan Lane's song, Betrayed!! The Springtime For Hitler number is one laugh after another!! You'll love it!! Also, if you can get tickets, GO SEE THE REAL THING!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man oh man- let me tell ya- this is one of the best broadway cds that i have ever had the pleasure of spending my money on. It is worth every penny- the more times you listen to it, the funnier it gets. Lane is magnificent, as always, and that Ferris Beuler guy isn't bad either- together they make a dinamic duo of non-stop comic hilarity. Buy this CD...GO AHEAD....You know you want to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm going to keep it brief, because there isn't a reason to say much more than this: I don't buy many cd's and rarely will i fork over money for a soundtrack, but this was the one exception. I saw the show a few months ago and my only regret is that I didn't buy more tickets the second I left the theater so i could have avoided the years long wait to see the show again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Mel Brooks performance of The Producers is Excellent. It's about a Producer named Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) who's just hit his last flop. One day a neardy, hesitant accountant named Leo Bloom ( Matthew Brodreck)comes into his office and tells him a Producer could make more Money with a flop instead of a hit.Then Max brings a brilliant idea out that could make him and Leo rich. They decide to produce the play SPRINGTIME FOR HITLAR, a gay romp around with Adolf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the producers was such a fantastic musical, it was such a delight watching it... it is in the same league as the andrew lloyd webber musicals... only with so much more humor... go watch it live, and you'll appreciate the music so much more. the producers is one heckuva masterpiece!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok i didnt see the production with nathan lane and matthew broderick i wanted to sooooo badly though, however i did see the one with jason alexander and martin short. funniest thing i ever saw. and i loved the music, i plan on buying this cd later. i'm upset that the producers won't be on the stage in april when i get to go to new york, so i'm going to see chicago and beauty and the beast. should be fun =).
Guest More than 1 year ago
i wish i got to see this production when nathan lane and matthew broderick were in it, but i saw andy taylor and brad oscar as leo and max. they were amazing! can't wait for the movie musical. anyway, some of my favorite songs are i wanna be a producer, keep it gay, and til' him. all the songs are really great though!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to listen to this soundtrack! I recently saw The Producers on Broadway I haven't stopped singing it since. See it live you certainly won't regret it. My favorite title? Hard to choose. . .maybe "keep it Gay"
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Producers was a phenomenal show. To accompany it is this amazing soundtrack. Lane and Broderick are great in the vocal department along with their supporting leads and ensemble. It is not in doubt that this show received 12 Tonys in 2001. I cannot wait for the movie version with pieces of the original cast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this musical the soundtrack is so good i cannot stop listening to it. I love how its just a funny musical.
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