"SPRINGTIME FOR Hitler, a gay romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden...Wow!". "How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?"
The Producers, the brilliant, inspired, genius musical by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, a glorious farce and satire of Nazism and extremism ("One and one's two/ Two and two's four/ I feel so bad 'cause I'm losin' the war!"; "Der Führer does not say, "Achtung, baby'" ), is this year's production by Galway University Musical Society.
When former king of Broadway, Max Bialystock, produces a string of shows that close on opening night, an unlikely alliance with a neurotic accountant, Leo Bloom, leads to an ingenious scheme: raise more money than necessary, create a sure-fire flop, take the money, and run! They meet a former Nazi who has written a play eulogising Hitler ("This play's guaranteed to close on PAGE FOUR!" ). What happens next takes everyone by surprise.
The Producers runs at the Black Box Theatre from Tuesday February 6 to Saturday 10 at 8pm. Tickets are from the Town Hall (091 - 569777, www.tht.ie ) and the Socs Box, NUI Galway (091 - 492852, www.nuigstudents.ie/theproducers ).