A couple months back, I wrote here about the stupidest decision they made with the film version of The Producers was not including the opening song, "The King of Broadway" -- made all the stupider because they actually filmed the number. The song not only sets up the character of Max Bialystock so well, but it lets you know that this movie is a musical. Without it, there isn't a song for the first 20 minutes or so (not counting a very short chorus number at the very beginning.)
I discuss the possible reasons they didn't include this -- including that they probably tested the movie with it, but whatever the reasons, whatever the test results, ultimately it's still a stupid decision, because as creative talents at a certain point you have to say, "This is a musical comedy and we NEED the opening number."
It occurred to me that though I posted the song in a live-onstage version, I never posted the number that they actually filmed but didn't use.
Here it is. The number that they regularly used in order to promote the stage musical when guesting on TV talk shows, but cut from the movie version --
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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