The Producers musical is based on the 1968 Academy Award winning American cult classic film starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Despite mixed reviews from critics at the time of release, in 1996 The Producers was deemed significant by the United Sates Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
According to writer and director Mel Brooks, prior to its eventual success The Producers came under fire by Embassy Pictures on many occasions as they rejected the film’s original title of Springtime for Hitler and initially refused to release the completed picture on account of its “bad taste.”
Off the back of the success of the 2001 Broadway adaptation, The Producers film experienced a revival as it was re-released in American cinemas in 2002.
Furthermore, following the successful opening of The Producers in the West End in 2004, a new film was released based on the stage production a year later. The remake featured acclaimed actors reprising their roles from the stage production of the show. Notably Nathan Lane (West End and Broadway) and Matthew Broderick (Broadway) retuned as Max and Leo alongside film stars Uma Thurman as Ulla and Will Ferrell as Franz Liebkind.
The 2005 film remake completed the cycle of The Producers from screen to stage and back again.
The Producers is now widely performed by amateur dramatics groups across the UK.