The recording will include most of the songs from the Tony-winning stage production, including "We Can Do It," "I Wanna Be a Producer," "Keep It Gay," "Along Came Bialy," "The Face" and "Springtime for Hitler." The single CD, according to a press release, will also include a new end-title song penned by creator Brooks. Entitled "There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway," the song has been recorded by co-stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. (The new song will be eligible for an Academy Award nomination since it was written specifically for the film.) A second end-title track — Will Ferrell's power ballad arrangement of "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop" — will also be included on the upcoming disc. "The Producers," based on the Tony-winning musical of the same name, stars Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock, Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom, Gary Beach as Roger De Bris, Roger Bart as Carmen Ghia, Uma Thurman as Ulla and Will Ferrell as Franz Liebkind. The Universal Pictures/Columbia Pictures film — directed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman — will open in movie theatres nationwide on Dec. 21.
The original 1968 "The Producers" film about a conniving producer starred Zero Mostel as producer Bialystock and Gene Wilder as Bloom. Others in the cast included Kenneth Mars as Franz Liebkind, Renée Taylor as Eva Braun, Christopher Hewett as Roger De Bris, Lee Meredith as Ulla and Andréas Voutsinas as Carmen Giya. Mel Brooks won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for "The Producers," and Gene Wilder was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
The Producers, winner of 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, continues to play at Broadway's St. James Theatre.