To bill "The Producers" as "A New Mel Brooks Musical," as the Hollywood Bowl did this weekend, was quite a stretch.
Susan Stroman, the helmer behind "The Producers" and "The Scottsboro Boys," has been tapped to direct and choreograph "Bullets Over Broadway," the upcoming tuner version of the 1994 Woody Allen pic.
In the tree-lined glade of Regent's Park Open Air Theater, Timothy Sheader's delightful staging of the Gershwin revamp "Crazy for You" has everything you could wish for, with the possible exception…
Show dares you to be entertained -- and you will be -- while it makes you squirm.
But despite the best intentions of everyone involved, and the resources of Lincoln Center Theater, this underwhelming meditation on mortality doesn't resonate at all.
All-Canuck cast, selected by helmer-choreographer Susan Stroman, is -- with a few exceptions -- a highly talented bunch who fill their roles as well as any of their Broadway or touring predecessors…