Producers [2005 Soundtrack]

The Producers [2005 Soundtrack]

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by Mel Brooks
     
 
Like his hapless protagonists, Mel Brooks still has a hit on his hands with The Producers. First, a Broadway musical version of his late-'60s cult classic movie about two larcenous theatrical producers became a runaway hit. And now a new major motion picture version of The Producers -- with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane reprising their Broadway

Overview

Like his hapless protagonists, Mel Brooks still has a hit on his hands with The Producers. First, a Broadway musical version of his late-'60s cult classic movie about two larcenous theatrical producers became a runaway hit. And now a new major motion picture version of The Producers -- with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane reprising their Broadway roles -- is a must-see movie event. Though The Producers' kitschy humor is almost uniformly lowbrow and Brooks's by-the-book score hasn't a patch on musical theater legends such as Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, or even Jerry Herman, the show is really entertaining in its own exuberantly vulgar way. Lane and Broderick are joined by Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell, who nearly steals the show-within-a-show with his lunatic portrayal of the Hitler-worshipping playwright Franz Liebken. Though the movie soundtrack differs from the stage version in a few details, it and the movie are an excellent introduction to a long-running production that has the legs to outlast Cats. The movie also stars blonde American bombshell Uma Thurman as ditzy Swedish bombshell Ulla (she of the unpronounceable, multisyllabic surname) and features the irrepressible Debra Monk as one of the sexed-up little old lady investors and Gary Beech as the loopy, visionary director, Roger De Bris. From start-to-finish, the soundtrack to The Producers is packed with enough off-kilter comedic charm to stay in heavy rotation.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Unlike most soundtrack albums, the one for The Producers does not restrict itself to containing just the score of the film; in fact, it is dominated by dialogue excerpts that add up to an audio version of the movie in miniature. Writer/director Mel Brooks' comedy about two producers who scheme to make a bundle by over-capitalizing a flop Broadway show stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, who also turn up on most of the tracks here, conceiving the idea; executing it by finding a terrible script, a terrible director, and a terrible cast; and suffering the consequences of its surprise success. The film itself is a semi-musical, with Dick Shawn swanning through a folk-rock protest song parody, "Love Power" (written by Norman Blagman and Herb Hartig), and two purported show excerpts, "Springtime for Hitler" and "Prisoners of Love" (both composed by Brooks). And there is a score, composed by John Morris, which peeks in here and there, displaying a '60s pop sensibility. But this soundtrack is mostly about the comic interaction between Mostel and Wilder, much of which is hilarious. Initially released on LP by RCA Victor Records in 1968, The Producers was reissued on CD as part of the Razor & Tie Showbiz Series in 1997. (In 2001, 33 years after the film's premiere, a stage musical adaptation of The Producers opened on Broadway, for which Brooks wrote a full-length song score that incorporated "Springtime for Hitler" and "Prisoners of Love" with much new material.)

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828767469126
catalogNumber:
74691
Rank:
5204

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Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Opening Night
  3. We Can Do It
  4. I Wanna Be A Producer
  5. Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop
  6. Keep It Gay
  7. When You Got It, Flaunt It
  8. Along Came Bialy
  9. That Face
  10. Haben Sie Gehürt Das Deutsche Band?
  11. You Never Say Good Luck On Opening Night
  12. Springtime For Hitler - Part 1
  13. Heil Myself
  14. Springtime For Hitler - Part 2
  15. You'll Find Your Happiness In Rio
  16. Betrayed
  17. Til Him
  18. Prisoners Of Love (Broadway)
  19. Prisoners Of Love (Leo And Max)
  20. There's Nothing Like A Show On Broadway
  21. The Hop-Clop Goes On
  22. Goodbye!
  23. The King Of Broadway (Bonus Track)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Brooks   Primary Artist
Nathan Lane   Vocals
Rick Dolan   Concert Master
John Barrowman   Tenor (Vocal)
Gary Beach   Vocals
Roger Bart   Vocals
Glen Kelly   Background Music
Matthew Broderick   Vocals
Will Ferrell   Vocals
Bryn Dowlins   Vocals
Meg Gillentine   Vocals
Uma Thurman   Vocals
Producers Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Patrick S. Brady   Conductor

Technical Credits

Mel Brooks   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer
Jonathan Schwartz   Liner Notes
Douglas Besterman   Producer
Frank Wolf   Engineering
Glen Kelly   Dance Arrangement
Ryn Maartens   Art Direction
Patrick S. Brady   Vocal Arrangements
Doug Besterman   Producer

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Producers [2005 Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
abbyactress55 More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of the movie, I thought the plot would be boring and not interesting. This was very ironic because I ended up liking the movie so much that I wanted to get the soundtrack, too. This soudtrack has some great songs like "I Wanna Be A Producer" and "Keep It Gay" but it also has amazing songs to listen to like "Betrayed". It was a funny movie and a wonderful soudtrack. The two main guys who play Leo and Max were excellent together. By listening to the soundtrack, i was even able to figure out that the guy who played Max (Nathan Lane) was the voice of Timone in The Lion King and the guy who played Leo(Matthew Broderick) was the voice of Simba. This is a great soundtrack and a wonderful movie. Two Thumbs Up!!