We saw The Producers at the St. James Theater (there’s the Milford Plaza in the background—told you it was right across the street). I was a bit worried that Hyunjin might not get some of the jokes, but it turns out there was plenty to keep her amused. I suppose that’s probably an understatement—the show had us in stitches for most of the time. It is Mel Brooks at his most irreverent, and I can only imagine the stir it must have caused when the movie was originally released in 1968. In short, the story is about a producer and his accountant, two men who realize that they can make more money from a Broadway flop than from a hit. They set out to find the worst possible screenplay and settle on “Springtime for Hitler.” Picture: singing Hitlers, dancing Nazis, and chorus line girls with large sausages on their heads. That doesn’t really do it justice—it’s just a taste.
As I said, we enjoyed the show immensely, as did most of the theater. The older couple behind us kept making comments about how many lines the show was crossing, but that was the whole point. And it is always nice to see a Broadway show. The St. James Theater isn’t that big, so even though we were near the rear we were still close to the stage. All in all, we had a great time.