– Theatre lovers cherish both the film and Broadway musical versions of The Producers
, and both contain references to places in New York that are easy to visit, including the the rowboat scene on The Lake in Central Park in Central Park. Among the film’s iconic moments are Gene Wilder’s transformation at the fountain in the plaza of Lincoln Center, shouting, “I want everything I’ve ever seen in the movies!” Watch it here.
The plaza faces Ninth Avenue at about 64th Street, and many people run around the fountain recreating this scene. All the scenes inside the theatre where Springtime for Hitler
is playing were shot at the old Playhouse Theatre, 137 West 48th Street, which was about to be torn down. A garage entrance and a Chipotle occupy the site today. Ah, but the scene where the theatre is blown up shows the exterior of the still-extant Cort Theatre, which was conveniently directly across the street when they were shooting. It is the Cort’s distinctive script marquee at 138 West 48th Street that goes up in smoke in that scene. The 2001 Broadway musical adaptation of The Producers
sets its opening number, “Opening Night/The King of Broadway,” at the 225 West 44th Street entrance to the Shubert Theatre and the south end of Shubert Alley where the fictional musicalization of Hamlet
, titled Funny Boy
, is playing. Here’s the scene from the film version of the musical, which is obviously a set and a stylized version of the location. The Shubert Theatre logo can be glimpsed starting at 2:11. Watch the clip here.