Producers [Sony Original Cast Recording]

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 exuberantSee more details below

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:
33109

Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Opening Night
  3. The King of Broadway  - Nathan Lane
  4. We Can Do It
  5. I Wanna Be a Producer
  6. In Old Bavaria
  7. Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop
  8. Keep it Gay  - Ray Wills
  9. When You Got It, Flaunt It
  10. Along Came Bialy  - Brad Oscar
  11. That Face
  12. Haben Sie Gehört das Deutsche Band?
  13. Opening Night (Reprise)  - Bryn Dowling
  14. You Never Say Good Luck on Opening Night
  15. Springtime for Hitler  - Cady Huffman
  16. Where Did We Go Right?
  17. Betrayed
  18. 'Til Him  - Bryn Dowling
  19. Prisoners of Love (Leo & Max)
  20. Goodbye!  -  Company

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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
Jennifer Smith   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

Technical Credits

Mel Brooks   Lyricist,Executive Producer,Book
Douglas Besterman   Orchestration
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
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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