A COLLECTION OF REVIEWS FROM VARIOUS PRODUCTIONs OF THE PRODUCERS
“Never mind Max Bialystock’s ultra-bad “Springtime for Hitler” on Broadway, it’s definitely springtime for Mel Brooks’ ultra-hilarious The Producers in the West End. With an irresistible satirical spring in each of their heels, the three new principal cast members easily acquit themselves in what seemed to me, first time round, as the funniest show in the universe and still leaves me grabbing the water bottle every five minutes to stave off collapsing in a heap of hysteria in the aisle.”
Whatsonstage reviewing the original West End production in 2004.
“To say that it unleashes an epidemic of bliss would be too mealy-mouthed. The Producers comes across as an insane love letter to old Broadway and to the classic shows and films putting on a show.
Nathan Lane is a roly-poly bundle of delicious disreputability…Evans is adorable both in repressed hysteric mode and in the goofy innocence with he takes to the unfamiliar world of theatrical magic.
The evening unfolds as a sublimely silly festival of awful gags and musical in-jokes.”
The Independent reviewing the original West End production in 2004
“Happily it offers exactly the same intoxicating, time-suspending and slightly guilty pleasure as it did in New York.
At its simplest, it puts the comedy back into musical comedy. After years of quasi-operatic musicals that have turned poverty and oppression into a showbiz spectacle, we are at last allowed to laugh.
Brooks is suggesting that we now live in a shock-proof culture in which even fascist decadence can be turned into a showbiz triumph. And who can say he is wrong?”
The Guardian reviewing the original production in 2004.
“Superbly directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, it contains all the razzmatazz of a Broadway show with razor-sharp dialogue delivered at snappy speed. Scenes flowed effortlessly into one other, with every member of the cast delivering a high energy performance.
Cory English, direct from the West End, is outstanding as Maz Bailystock, the beleaguered producer facing bankruptcy, while John Gordon Sinclair gives a fair Mr Bean impression as his hapless accountant, Lepold Bloom.”
The Stage reviewing the Manchester production of the 2007 tour.