March 27th, 2012: The Producers (1968)

Cast and Crew:  Mel Brooks (Director, Writer); Joseph E. Levine (Executive Producer); Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Lee Meredith, Christopher Hewett, William Hickey

What It’s About:  Down on his luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and timid accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) concoct a scheme to rip off their investors by creating a sure-fire flop…but of course not everything goes as they’ve planned….

Why Watch it Today?:  This excellent spoof of theater and musicals is the perfect movie for World Theater Day.

Where to Get It: Netflix; your local library

Other Choices: How about Theatre of Blood, which features a disgraced actor enacting a horrible revenge on the critics who drove him to attempt suicide?

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