- Director: Kevin Hirons
- Assistant Director: Alison Hirons
- Musical Director: Norma Kift
- Choreographer: Maggie Moriarty
- Venue: The Palace Theatre
- Date: 21/04/2015
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|Max Bialystock||Keith Parish|
|Leo Bloom||Jonathan Southall|
|Franz Liebkind||Anthony Roige|
|Roger DeBris||Ritchie Smith|
|Carmen Ghia||Mike Bentley|
|Usherettes||Laura Johnson, Cassie Rivett, Michele Hayward, Lisa Smith|
|Mr Marks||Malcolm Roberts|
|Hold Me Touch Me||Carole Corden|
|Storm Trooper||Aaron Gibson|
|Brian(Set Designer)||Mick Randle|
|Lick Me Bite Me||Jacqui Parkes|
|Kiss Me Feel Me||Michele Hayward|
New York, 1959. It's the opening of Max Bialystock's new show "Funny Boy", a musical version of Hamlet. Everyone hates it and the show closes on opening night (Opening Night -Chorus). Max, once known as the King of Broadway, sings to a crowd of down-and-outs of his past achievements that he will return to form (King of Broadway – Max & Chorus).
The next day Leo Bloom, a mousy PA from the accounting firm Whitehall and Marks, arrives in Max's office to look at his books. However, a couple of seconds later, one of Max's "investors" arrives, and he tells Leo to go wait in the bathroom until she leaves. His investor, a little old lady who constantly repeats the phrase, "Hold Me, Touch Me" starts playing a sex game, “the virgin milkmaid and the well-hung stableboy” with Max. The “little old lady” hands him a cheque and makes her contribution to his next play !! Leo comes out of the bathroom and reveals his lifelong dream to Max that he's always wanted to be a Broadway Producer. After a serious panic attack when Max dares to touch Leo's comforter – his blue blanket -Leo calms down enough to give Max the news that he has found an accounting error in his books. Max had raised $12,000 for "Funny Boy", but the play only cost $10,000, leaving $2,000 unaccounted for. Max begs Leo to “cook the books”. Leo reluctantly agrees and after some calculations realizes that "under the right circumstances, a producer could actually make more money with a flop than he can with a hit." Max sits up, an idea forming in his unscrupulous way.
Leo explains that the IRS isn't interested in a show that flops, so a producer could raise a million dollars, put on a $100,000 flop and keep the rest. Max proposes the ultimate scheme: "Step 1: We find the worst play ever written. Step 2: We hire the worst director in town. Step 3: We raise two million dollars...one for me, one for you. There's a lot of little old ladies out there! Step 4: We hire the worst actors in New York and open on Broadway and before you can say Step 5, we close on Broadway, take our two million dollars and go to Rio.
However, Leo refuses to help Max with his scheme and returns to work the books at Whitehall and Marks, even after much pleading from Max (We Can Do It – Max and Leo). When he gets back to work, he daydreams of becoming a Broadway producer and "driving those chorus girls insane." (I Wanna Be a Producer – Leo, Accountants, Girls with Pearls). He realizes that his job is terrible, quits his job, and returns to Max (I wanna be a Producer Reprise/We can Do it Reprise – Max and Leo). Overnight, they look for the worst play ever written without much luck. Finally, Max finds the sure-fire flop: "Springtime for Hitler, A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden" written by Franz Liebkind. They head down to his home in Greenwich Village to get the rights to the play and discover Franz on the roof of his tenament with his pigeons. After listening to a Nazi rave from Franz, Leo and Max are only able to get their contract signed after singing Adolf Hitler's favourite tune, (Der Gutten Tag Hop Clop - Leibkind, Max and Leo) and repeating the Ziegfried Oath promising never to dishonour "the spirit and the memory of Adolf Elizabeth Hitler."
Leo and Max then go down to the townhouse of Roger De Bris,openly camp and the worst director in New York. Roger and his "common law-assistant", Carmen Ghia, decline the offer to direct because of the serious subject matter. Shows should be more happy they sing (Keep it Gay – Roger, Carmen, Brian, Kevin, Scott and Shirley) Finally, after much persuading, Roger agrees to do it, but only if the ending is changed so the Germans end up winning the war.
Max and Leo finally arrive home where they meet a Swedish bombshell who wants to audition for their next play. Her first name is Ulla Inga Hansen Bensen Yonsen Tallen-Hallen Svaden-Svanson - Ulla for short. She auditions for them (When You Got It, Flaunt It -Ulla). Bialystock and Bloom are overwhelmed by her and hire her to be their secretary/receptionist. Max then goes off to raise two million dollars for "Springtime for Hitler" by calling on his “backers” in New York (Along Came Bialy – Max and Little Old Ladies). Finally, after “shtupping” every little old lady in the greater Broadway area, Max raises the Two million required (Finale – Max and Full Company).
Leo and Ulla are left alone for a little while in Max's redecorated office and they start to fall in lovn (That Face – Leo and Ulla). Leo, who has always decided to stay away from any relationship, breaks his own rule and starts to fall for Ulla.
The auditions for finding a terrible Hitler go unsuccessfully. One actor after another is dismissed by Roger. Franz is outraged by one auditionee's rendition of Haben Sie Gehort Das Deutsche Band ? and he performs his own jazzy version(Leibkind). Needless to say he is given the part.
Opening night for "Springtime for Hitler" arrives (It's Bad Luck to Say Good Luck on Opening Night- Max, Leo, Roger, Carmen and Leibkind) and everyone is ready. Ironically Franz falls down the stairs and breaks his leg. Roger who is the only one who knows the part of Hitler rushes to his dressing room to get ready. The curtain rises, and Max and Leo watch their failure unfold (Springtime for Hitler- Storm Trooper, Roger, Ulla and company). Roger's performance is camp and “Garland-esque” and the audience mistake the show for a comedy. It becomes he talk of the town and a great success.
Back at the office, Max and Leo are near-suicidal (Where Did We Go Right? - Max and Leo). Roger and Carmen arrive and congratulate The Producers of the new smash hit, only to find them fighting over the accounting books. Franz bursts in, outraged by Roger's potrayal of his beloved Fuhrer, wielding a pistol. The police arrive and take away Franz, Max, and the accounting books! However, Leo hides and Ulla finds him and convinces him to take the two million dollars and run off to Rio as Max had planned (That Face – reprise – Leo and Ulla).
In prison, Max receives a postcard from Leo and feels Betrayed - (Max). At his trial Max pleads guilty, but then Leo and Ulla arrive and tell the judge that Max is a good man who would never hurt anyone (Till Him – Leo, Max and Little Old Ladies). The judge is touched by this and decides not to separate Max & Leo; sending them both to Sing Sing prison for 5 years. While in prison, and with Franz, they write a new musical entitled "Prisoners of Love ( Max, Leo, Leibkind, Prisoners, Company)" which becomes a great success. They are therefore pardoned by the Governor and are free. The show goes to Broadway and Leo and Max find themselves successful Producers of Broadway musicals: the two fully-fledged 'Kings of Broadway' walk off into the sunset.(Leo & Max).
|Opening Night||Usherettes and Company|
|The King of Broadway||Max and Company|
|We Can Do It||Max and Leo|
|I Wanna Be a Producer||Leo, Showgirls, and Accountants|
|We Can Do It (Reprise)||Leo and Max|
|I Wanna Be a Producer (Reprise)||Leo and Max|
|In Old Bavaria||Franz|
|Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop||Franz, Leo and Max|
|Keep It Gay||Roger, Carmen, Max, Leo, Production Team, and Company|
|When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It||Ulla|
|Along Came Bialy||Max and Company|
|Act I Finale||Max, Leo, Ulla, Franz, Roger, Carmen, Production Team, and Company|
|That Face||Leo and Ulla|
|That Face (Reprise 1)||Leo and Max|
|Haben Sie gehört das deutsche Band?||Franz|
|Opening Night (Reprise)||Usherettes|
|You Never Say ‘Good Luck’ on Opening Night||Roger, Carmen, Franz, Leo, and Max|
|Springtime for Hitler (Part 1)||Lead Tenor Stormtrooper, Barvarian Peasants, Tapping Brown-Shirts, Showgirls, Ulla, and Company|
|Heil Myself||Roger, Ulla, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt|
|Springtime for Hitler (Part 2)||Roger, Ulla, and Company|
|Where Did We Go Right?||Leo and Max|
|That Face (Reprise 2)||Ulla and Leo|
|Till Him||Leo, Max, and Little Old Ladies|
|Prisoners of Love||Roger, Ulla, and Company|
|Leo and Max||Max, Leo, and Company|
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas MeehanMusic and Lyrics by: Mel brooksBased on the 1968 film