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It's Official: Governor Pardons Bialystock!

July 14, 2002

"The Producers" features a meticulously designed stage set, with a series of mini-props that help keep actors "in the moment," even though the audience could never appreciate them.

* New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's 1959 pardon of Max Bialystock for bringing "song, dance and laughter into the hearts of every murderer, robber and rapist in Sing Sing!"

* He's done it again! The Playbill for "Funny Boy," Bialystock's hopeless musical version of "Hamlet," dubbed "the worst show in town."

* When Matthew Broderick brandished a cigar in "I Wanna Be a Producer," the label on the stogie had a portrait of his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker.

* It's opening night with $8.35 house seats for "Springtime for Hitler," a Bialystock-Bloom production, at the Shubert Theatre.

* The official contract Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind signs, giving Bialystock and Bloom the right to produce "Springtime for Hitler."

* A faded telegram sent to Bialystock about a producer's worst nightmare reads: "Dear Mr. B: Sheriff has sets and costumes. Cast got out of town in time. Now leaving Cleveland. Quickly. Joe."

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