The exuberant atmosphere of the Broadway blockbuster is captured in "Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks," a new 85-minute film from the Emmy Award-winning director Susan Froemke and Maysles Films. The documentary candidly captures the excitement of translating the show into a complete experience for the recording's audience.
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Originally shown on PBS, this is a documentary of the recording of "The Producers" cast album. "The Producers," the hit Broadway show that made a sweep at the Tony's, and continues to do so at the box office, has a lot of funny people involved - Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Mel Brooks - and this movie captures them in some candid moment. Fortunately, the editors are not the MTV music video-type; we get to see whole songs being recorded, which is often not the case in these behind-the-scenes videos. Many songs are included, as well as interviews with Mel Brooks, who talks about how the show came about, the plot, and the cast members. One can see what a warm person Brooks is. And for those who cannot afford tickets to the Broadway show, or have to wait for months for availability, this is the next best thing. This video contains footage of Broderick doing a Marlon Brando impression, Susan Stroman praising the cast members, and more. We also get to see Lane...
Since I won't be going to New York anytime soon, my chances of seeing The Producers on Broadway is zero. So I was delighted to get this DVD, a documentary and behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the cast album for The Producers. It contains nearly all the songs from The Producers and excerpts of Brooks, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in some candid (and funny) moments. If you believe (as I do) that watching musical actors and actresses rehearse their songs is enlightening, intriguing and fascinating, you won't be disappointed by this. Of course, if you originally saw this on PBS and recorded it, you may feel you don't need another copy. But I found the sound quality of this DVD to be far superior to the typical home recording quality (and I missed it on PBS anyway). Also, be assured that the WHOLE songs are recorded here, not brief little excerpts. What fun it was to watch this one!
SIMPLY SUPER! Yes, this program aired on PBS, but it didn't have those precious extra minutes that are just as hilarious as the 85 minutes that make up the "centerpiece" of this DVD/video. The wonderful thing about "Recording The 'Producers' - A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks," is instead of the usual stuff you get with backstage documentaries, here you get the cast and crew occasionally "turning to the camera," ad-libbing stuff that seems as "live" as the show itself. In several spots, they make jokes about the documentary itself, while at other times, they are oblivious to the camera while concentrating on what they're doing. Yet after watching about an hour and 40 minutes of engrossing material (with the extra footage), this DVD/video, like the actual stage show itself (which runs about three hours including intermission), you still want more. Perhaps my only gripe is you never see the players "on stage." Well this is, after all, a documentary about the recording...
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