The Producers – a musical comedy

The Producers – a musical play with loads of comedy and dances by the makers of “Phantom of the Opera” (October 2004) and “Ayub” (Aug 2005). Its based on the movie THE PRODUCERS starring Uma Thurman.
Dates: the 27th August to 5th September.
Timings: 9:00 pm onwards (its a 2:15 mins play)
Venue: Arts council covered audtiorium
Proceeds go to FLAME (Friends of Literacy And Mass Education).
Tickets available at: Agha’s. Ami’s, Park Towers and the Forum.

31 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    ticket price Rs. 800

  2. verysmart (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    The movie was a huge box-office flop. although some critics has appreciated it for its techical achievements.

    the movie revolved around a on-his-way-down theater producer in the days of American Depression in 1930s. Accidently teamed up with a brilliant accountant, the producer realized that there is a way of making more money if he produces mega-flop shows.

    Although the plot was good, the story line was far too stretched, became dull, and lost interest.

    Could have done much better, could have been an excellent comedy, if it was produced more commercially than artistically. The musical part was such a bore.

    there is a 30-70 chance that our Pakistani theater group can pull off a much better show, since we are usually more commercially oriented.

  3. Kumail (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

    well the movie is based on an original tony award winning broadway play which was a huge hit and is probably still running to packed houses. I saw it last year in New York and it was truly well done. The question is would our local theatre groups be able to pull of an equally good job or not

  4. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

    who knows !!
    phantom was pretty good..
    but as far as i know its not being produced by same ppl
    yes, some of the team members might be the same

  5. danny (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    Good to see English musicals being done in Pakistan!

  6. Anathema (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

    phantom was nothing but opulence.
    Ayub: now that was brilliance: script, acting, set. i cannot think of a single point to criticize for that play.
    If we could get more details: producer, director, lead cast. that would help a lot.

  7. umar (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    the writer/director of Ayub works with me. As far as I know he is not associated with The Producers (he might have helped in script, though).

  8. Anathema (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    well i guess now we’ll have to wait for someone to watch it and give a decent critical review. for what i heard of phantom: it was hardly any good dialogue delivery, or captivating in anyway. the only highlight being cosutmes and the fact that it was phantom being presented, with its grandeur and opulence and the name “shah sharahbeel”.

  9. icedmocha (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 8:24 pm

    if this is ‘The Producers’ musical from London, its got gud reviews in the British papers if thatz any help.

  10. Anathema (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

    it is indeed a rave in theatre. its the movie tha got bad reviews.

  11. icedmocha (unregistered) on August 27th, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

    @ moiz..good on u m8!
    @ anathema..yea the movie reali wasnt all that.

    if any1 is plannin 2 c then do report bak.

  12. someone from ' the producers' (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 1:26 am

    moiz moiz moiz, firstly..the choreography is all done by nida butt and no one else.and moiz you didnt make the sets?nida designed the sets, you just help around backstage moving the furniture around!i dont mean to offend you but this is how i see it!

  13. SN (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

    Seems like so far noone who’s actually SEEN the play has posted a comment so I guess I might as well. Saw it yesterday and I would definitely rate it as a must watch for theatre lovers in KHI. The entire cast has acted surprisingly well and, given that this is a musical, I think it was quite a bold decision to actually have them sing the songs themselves instead of relying completely on playback. A lot of effort seems to have gone into the making of this play (costumes, choreography etc), its extreeemely entertaining, there’s good acting, in fact very, VERY good acting by most of the cast, and proceeds go to a good cause so there’s all the pros for u right there. Coming to the criticism however, I would list only one thing that seriously takes anything away from the play. The time lag between set changes is something that spoils the continuity quite a bit and turns into a tedious wait in a few places. That said I guess this is bound to happen in a country like Pakistan where we haven’t exactly developed theatre that much in terms of set design etc. There were also a few glitches in terms of lighting and sound quality in places but those were few and far between.

    So that’s it. Overall though, I wld definitely rate it as a must watch so by all means do go watch it! Its not everyday we get to see an entertaining, well performed play out here so I personally find it easy to forgive the technical glitches.

  14. mansoor (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

    good review sn. thanks

  15. Babar Javed (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

    Is it possible to get the video , like upload it on youtube or something since mos of you guys are part of the play in some way or the other. How about pictures ?

  16. SN (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    how abt u spend a little money and actually go SEE the play? :)
    anyway, reviews (with pics) were published in this monday’s DAWN (metropolitan) as well as THE NEWS. check them out if u want

  17. Babar Javed (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

    Well i would have if i was in Pakistan. :)

  18. NIDA BUTT (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

    someone has been writing crap here

  19. NIDA BUTT (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    ok firstly, considering The PRoducers is my baby, it is time to get the record straight
    1. Mr Moi Kazmi – You had nothng to do with the sets. i designed the sets, i did everything. who the fuck are u anyway?
    2.Nobody had anything to do with the choreography but me. so heres the thing – i happen top be the director , choreograpgher and set designer of this Production. So, if you got a different story spinning in ur head, u mite wanna consult me first… and see how that goes down
    3.The person who has posted shit about SHANDANA KHAN… from shandana khan, is obviously NOT shandana khan. seems like theres a jealous bitch lurking the shadows. Well they have obviously shown there own true colors by talking about any girl like that
    4. The Producers is the first production of MADE FOR STAGE PRODUCTIONS , Nida Butt’s company. It has nothing to do with Ayub or Phantom. it is an entirely separate production, and has no link or affiliation with any other production house or play.

    5. yes i admit that set changes on the first 2 dyas were tediius. we have however, changed things around and now i can promise u , that there are only 3 two- minute waits in the WHOLE SHOW !

    I thank everyone for suppurting our venture and production and i WARN the liars aned backbiters, to steer clear.

  20. Aziz Mirza (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    I liked the play a lot…good work!

  21. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

    Nida :-) Are you for real ???? Come on gal , I wonder how people work with you. With such attitude , you could get every thing but respect. Respect begets respect. You might be very talented but if only talent were an issue , I would be millionare by now. Stop this crap and no one worries about you and your play. I can not imagine that person with an ego like you could be successful ever.

  22. Farhan Shoaib (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    the play sucked as did some of the acting.

  23. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    Hafsa , are you friend of that Shandhana Khan or is that your real name. Why did you remove the comment about her. Never remove comments please.

  24. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 1:45 am

    someone was actually posting here posing like Shandana Khan and me (Moiz Kazmi)…anyone who can keep track of IP’s posting here .. bcoz this cud have created some problem for me !

  25. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 2:56 am

    Moiz. You afraid of your boss Nida butt :-( … I guess its better to leave her if she has such attitude and you are so much afraid.

    Nida what sort of producer you are, your staff is so scared that if some one else posted with their names on net, you took it personal and started creating problems for them :-) I wish I could meet you and tell who am I ? Any Guess my Nida ??

  26. M (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 4:35 am

    ok first of all… who the fuck are u to comment on nida n her “attitude”?
    n as to moiz and shandana objecting to sum1 else mis-using their identity… they have the right to do so.. and it is none of ur fucking business to but in.. unless ofcourse.. it was u in fact who wrote those msgs under their names..
    abt nida guessing who u are, why the fuck dont u just tell us urself u lifeless fuck!
    and abt talent.. yes i do believe that it is talent that helps one succeed in life..
    the reason that ur not a “millionare” just goes to show how much fucking talent u have..

    And this play is by far the best production to be staged in the history of karachi.. so all u fucking loners, plz go get a life!
    Or try to get a ticket to see tomrow’s show… hang on a sec… ITS FUCKING SOLD OUT YOU BASTARD!!!

  27. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 5:26 am

    M , are you Nida by any chance :-) ?? I enjoyed every bit of your message and looking forward for many more. If you are not Nida then Nida is too cool to have friends like you :-) .

    M, you probably don’t know much about me so I am letting you go. Can’t help. Nida knows who am I. just ask her please before you start barking again :-)

  28. Marium Sikandar (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    The fact that the tickets are sold out is not really something to be too proud of, i mean its karachi..we’re pretty deprived here, anything that goes up on stage people go to watch. however i saw the play and it was an okay attempt.

  29. muzna javed (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    this has become a pretty idiotic thread now. some ppl need to learn how to take criticism (preferably without swearing their heads off) and others need to learn how to criticize without insulting ppl based on their own personal agendas….atleast not in a public forum like this one. this is all really quite stupid. and i think the post about shandana had no place here and its a good thing it got deleted. cld say the same for a few others here too by the way.

  30. Blondie (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    hahaha…ok the people who have worked on this play obviously sound insane…chill out Nida Butt!

  31. A.R. (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    The play was great and I would have recommended to most of you to have watched it before you just posted a comment.

    To, whom-so-ever is the real Nida Butt and her talented team: I await more plays from Made for Stage.


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