Archive for April 21st, 2005

21st April
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, April 21, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

It has been suggested to me that Fernando Ferrer’s campaign for mayor is becoming eerily reminiscent of the script for “The Producers,” the movie turned Broadway blockbuster, which is about to be turned into a movie again.

“The Producers” is the creation of Mel Brooks, the comedian who sold his soul to the devil for the exclusive right to be utterly and delightfully politically incorrect without repercussions. In case you have been held as a prisoner of war for many years and have just recently been released, here, in a nutshell, is the plot: A marginal Broadway producer and his nerdy accountant realize that rather than producing a hit show, even bigger money can be made by overselling shares in a new play to investors — as long as the show is an utter, immediate flop.They find the worst script (a sure to-offend musical called “Springtime for Hitler”), the worst director, and the worst actors. But the play is so bad that audiences view it as parody, and it becomes a huge hit and ruins them financially. (more…)