A COSTUME hire firm has completed one of its biggest orders yet – to kit out the cast of the outrageous Mel Brooks musical, The Producers.
Staff at Milnsbridge-based B Authentic were asked to supply dozens of wartime German uniforms for an amateur production of the award-winning comedy.
The story, originally a 1968 film produced and directed by Brooks, tells the story of a scheming theatrical producer and his accountant who try to make money by staging a sure-fire flop.
The two tricksters hit on the idea of a musical about Hitler and the Nazis – thinking that such a tasteless topic will drive away the audiences.
Instead, the show proves a soar away success, despite showstopping songs such as Springtime for Hitler.
The film was re-made in 2005 after the success of stage versions on Broadway and London’s West End.
B Authentic was asked to help by members of Halifax Amateur Operatic Society, who are staging The Producers from April 1 to 4 at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.
Karen Hever, of B Authentic, said: “We have a massive selection of original wartime uniforms. Members of the cast have been along for fittings and we will be assembling all of the outfits and accessories during the course of the next few weeks in good time for delivery before the show.” She said: “We were asked for 50 uniforms – and we have them all in stock.
“It is one of the biggest orders we have ever received, although we get quite a few requests for hiring historical costumes from theatre groups.”
Karen said wartime uniforms and fashions were popular with people attending 1940s-themed parties.
B Authentic boasts more than 10,000 outfits spanning every period of history.