Monday, December 14, 2009

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #16 - The Producers

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #16 - The Producers (2002, St. James Theatre, New York City, NY)

Introduction: Hard as it is to comprehend that we're already 119 months into this "new" millennium, we are fast approaching the end of its first decade. While we have yet to agree on what exactly we should call the '00s, I'll take a cue from the fine folks at The Times of London and the BBC and henceforth refer to them at the Noughties.

With that small introduction, I'm pleased to present my list of plays and musicals that wowed me the most during that time. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of shows I've seen over the last ten years, I give you my countdown of my 25 personal favorite shows of the Noughties.

While Nathan Lane was already calling in sick by the time I saw Mel Brooks' celebrated musical The Producers for my first time, Brad Oscar and Matthew Broderick had so much chemistry as Max and Leo that I almost forgot that one of the stars I paid to see was out. Almost.

Fortunately, I was able to return. And return again. My third time was the charm in getting to see Lane opposite Broderick. This dynamic duo played so incredibly well off each other that it was no wonder the audience roared with perhaps the highest decibel levels of approving laughter I've ever heard.

Say what you will about the more recent Rialto outings by Brooks, Lane and Broderick, but for a brief shining moment the trio simultaneously held the crown as the three kings of Broadway.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

In keeping with the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that unfairly discriminate against bloggers, who are now required by law to disclose when they have received anything of value they might write about, please note that I have received nothing of value in exchange for this post. I paid my own way for all three performances.

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