A very limited time run of The Producers hit the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend.
The story of two Broadway producers got the Hollywod treatment with actors Richard Kind as Max Bialystock, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo Bloom, Rebecca Romijn as Ulla and Dane Cook as Franz Liebkind. The musical ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The rushed logistics of producing a big musical at the Bowl didn't allow Stroman [the director] to live up to her perfectionist reputation. Microphones were erratic, lines were flubbed, a door refused to open, costume changes hit roadblocks. At one point, after a longish delay, Richard Kind, who played Max Bialystock in a performance that was a good deal better than "almost good," returned to the stage with the excuse that is eminently forgivable in L.A.: "Traffic."
But even with these snags, "The Producers" demonstrated its extraordinary tickling power. The show, which bridges the distance between Broadway and the Catskills, is awash in jokes that make you either want to laugh or groan
Read the full review here.
For a peek inside the performance, view the slideshow above.