Ridgefield Playhouse: ‘Producers’ 50th anniversary

May 22, 2018

The 1968 Mel Brooks classic “The Producers” is getting a 50th anniversary showing at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The comedy featuring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder won writer-director Brooks an Oscar for best original screenplay. Wilder was nominated in the best supporting actor category, but lost to Jack Alberston for “The Subject Was Roses.”

Brooks drew on his own experiences working on Broadway musicals for this tale of a desperate producer (Mostel) who comes up with a plan to stage the worst show he can find so that it will close on opening night, allowing him to pocket all of the money he raised.

Wilder had his first major screen role as the nebbish accountant who aids the producer in his scheme after they find “Springtime for Hitler,” a “love letter to the fuhrer” written by a mad Nazi.

The movie was not a box office hit in 1968, but quickly became a cult film. 30 years later, Brooks turned his script into a hit Broadway musical.

Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road. Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. $12.50. 203-438-5795