Mark Morris is a celebrated choreographer. His Pepperland: Sgt. Pepper at 50 is presented by Cal Performances September 28–30.
Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars,
A has-been Broadway producer, Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel at his seediest best), has a great scheme—he’ll bilk his investors out of dough by producing a surefire failure. Bialystock and his CPA Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) take on a goose-stepping tribute to Hitler, a musical no less, with spaced-out hippie Lorenzo St. DuBois, a.k.a. L.S.D. (Dick Shawn), as the Führer “with a song in his heart.” For his first film, Mel Brooks had the good sense to lead with bad taste. This highly vulgar satire definitely stirred up a furor of its own.