I Want to Be a Producer
Unhappy. Unhappy. Very, very, very, very, very unhappy. Mel Brooks has come to Broadway and it took me a while to come to him. The movie of The Producers is not wildly lauded--it's a direct transplant from the stage and the performances have not taken the advent of closeups into account. It's still good, tho. I probably prefer the musical to the original. And the original is hilarious.
Leo Bloom is an accountant who has discovered that a producer could make more money from a Broadway flop than from a success. He and Max Bialystock set out on a mission to mount the worst musical ever created. They find it, but still miscalculate.
This song comes at the beginning of the show. Leo hates accounting and feels trapped. I like the cropping for two reasons--he's getting pushed out of his own picture, and the top of his head is cropped. It's a major plot point that a producer isn't really a producer until AFTER he produces a show. Once that's accomplished (midway through act II) he gets to wear the Producer hat....literally.
Posted by Wilson Swain