It's tough to get a ticket to The Producers, Mel Brooks' new Broadway musical comedy.
It's tough to get a ticket to The Producers, Mel Brooks' new Broadway musical comedy. Fortunately, the cast album captures most of the show's outrageous shtick. There's nothing subtle about Brooks' jokes, which leading men Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick deliver with uncanny timing. Lane sets the show's jaded tone early with "The King of Broadway," while Broderick balances him with a wide-eyed fantasy number, "I Wanna Be a Producer." By the time "Springtime for Hitler" takes the disc to new heights of delightful tastelessness, listeners will be doubled over with laughter. Producer Hugh Fordin captures Brooks' comic zingers and brings out what lies beneath: a well-crafted, old-fashioned book musical. The Producers isn't revolutionary, but its traditional score is consistently solid, and it is packed with hummable songs and grand arrangements. By the second listen, you'll be singing along—that is, if you can stop laughing long enough.—WH