Some days, it seems the Broadway hit The Producers is everywhere. Yesterday, April 7, cast members were assisting none other than New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The event was the city's annual Inner Circle dinner, where reporters get to roast the sitting mayor, and the mayor, in turn, offers a performance poking fun at himself. This year, Bloomberg's skit was a parody of the plot of The Producers, in which two scheming theatrical impresarios produce a sure-miss musical about Hitler in hopes of keeping all the investors' money for themselves when the show bombs.
Current Producers stars Steven Weber and Henry Goodman were on hand, playing paid political consultants to a "Bloomberg for Mayor" campaign. The two see Bloomberg as "a really rich guy who's sure to lose," and dream of reaping dividends from a string of failed political bids by the billionaire. "Did you ever hear him speak?" they said, according to news accounts. "He'll be killed... He's perfect."
The parody was not far from Bloomberg's actual image early on in the 2001 mayoral race. Many thought the wealthy Republican businessman, who had no elective political experience and spent record amounts of cash to little effect, had no chance of winning office.
In the skit, Bloomberg is taken in by the consulting shysters' slick talk, despite the fact that they say the campaign will cost him $30 million. "I'm Mike Bloomberg and I'm running for mayor," said the playacting mayor. "I want to put tolls on the East River bridges, an incinerator in every borough. Hey, go Red Sox!" (Bloomberg has actually been talking up the idea of East River bridge tolls.)
Also at the event was Producers star Cady Huffman (the vampish Ulla), seen in some pictures drawing Bloomberg's head to her chest.