The original 1968 film of "The Producers" — an Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay — will open a two-week engagement at New York's Film Forum June 7.
Mel Brooks' comedy classic, which was later turned into a smash, Tony winning Broadway musical, casts Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock, the former King of Broadway who is reduced to romancing old women ("a last thrill on their way to the cemetery," Max explains) to finance his new show; and Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom, Bialystock's accountant who suggests the two could make a fortune by producing a flop musical, Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva in Berchtesgaden. The film also features Dick Shawn as the musical's Hitler, Christopher Hewitt as inept director Roger De Bris, Andréas Voutsinas as De Bris' assistant Carmen, Lee Meredith as the voluptuous Ulla and Kenneth Mars as playwright Franz Liebkind.
The Film Forum engagement, which runs through June 20, features a new 35mm print of the film. Show times are 1 PM, 2:50 PM, 4:40 PM, 6:30 PM 8:20 PM and 10:10 PM. The famed New York film house is located at 209 West Houston Street near Varick; call (212) 727-8110 for information.
The Broadway production of The Producers—the new Mel Brooks musical continues to play to sell-out crowds at the St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th Street. The cast currently comprises Brad Oscar, Steven Weber, Roger Bart and Tony winners Gary Beach and Cady Huffman. Call (212) 239-5800 for tickets.
—By Andrew Gans