Thursday, September 22, 2005

Is This Where They're Auditioning Boomerang, Baby?

The trailer for the movie musical remake of The Producers (with the same stars and director as the Broadway version) is here.

Even adjusting for the fact that the studio clearly wants to disguise the fact that it's a musical, the trailer doesn't look all that impressive; it looks like a visual re-hash of the original movie. The Broadway version had its problems, most of which revolved around the undistinguished songs and the surprisingly poor structure (as I've said before, almost nothing happened in the first act, and most of the plot was crammed into an overstuffed act two), but at least it could be enjoyed as something separate from the original movie, in a different medium. I'm not sure I'll be able to muster up the same indulgence for seeing it on the screen, with the fountain scene and all the other movie moments that the Broadway production couldn't incorporate. But we'll see. I generally root for the success of any movie musical that isn't made by cave trolls, which of course ruled out rooting for Joel Schumacher's Phantom of the Opera.

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