Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's 2000 adaptation of Brooks's 1969 film, about scamming Broadway producers so inept they accidentally make a hit out of a musical celebrating Hitler, gets a new production at the Mercury directed by L. Walter Stearns. Bill Larkin and Matt Crowle star as Bialystock and Bloom.
Live musicals can be a mixed bag. Unlike a movie musical that can do take after take until they get the songs just so (thanks, post production), a live show is inherently risky. And with most musicals, you're usually getting one of the following situations: Either the cast can dance but not sing, they can sing and not dance, or they can both sing and dance at a middle level. There are exceptions in every show, and a true standout role can make an otherwise fine show fantastic. In the case of The Producers, sit back and enjoy because this cast can do everything. Each actor is a knockout in their role and I laughed through the entire thing. MVP goes to Matt Crowle in his role as Leo Bloom – a flawless execution of a neurotic account turned Broadway producer whose vocal skills are as awesome as his tap dancing. Definitely recommend this one!