2012-07-27: The Producers


It's not easy to wow audiences in Tinseltown.

But Rebecca Romijn did just that last night when she stepped onto the stage of the Hollywood Bowl as Swedish bombshell Ulla in The Producers.

Joining Broadway veterans Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Roger Bart and Gary Beach, the 39-year-old actress thrilled audiences in a series of glamorous and often racy costumes.

Best known as Mystique in the X-Men films and Alexis Meade on television's Ugly Betty, Romijn showcased her enviable curvy body in a series of figure-hugging dresses.

But her wardrobe pièce de résistance was a nude body suit adorned with iconic Nazi insignia.

The most notable features of the outfit were the actress's Iron Cross nipple tassels and a crotch piece featuring the Nazi eagle, which traditionally sat atop a swastika.

The eye-popping costume also included a wing-like cape and train, and a stunning head piece in the form of giant black plume feathers atop a silver bird's head.

Other costume changes for Romijn's performance at the 18,000-seat venue included a sleek red halter-neck dress and a white mini tied well above the thigh to reveal the actresses garter-clad pins.

The blonde beauty also wore a somewhat more demure light blue number which fell just above the blonde her knee, and another shimmering light-blue evening gown complete with long evening gloves extending past the actress's elbows.

In a sixth costume change, Romijn wore a showgirl outfit of matching silver sequined shorts and a short-sleeved blouse, complete with a top hat and another pair of long gloves.

The stunning blonde even managed to look sensational as a jail-bird, sporting a horizontally black-and-white striped mini-dress complete with ball and chain.

The production of Mel Brooks' iconic stage musical will continue tonight, in what will be the second of a three-night production at the massive outdoor venue.

More than 10 years after the original production was staged in New York, several veterans of that version have reunited for the Hollywood show.

Richard Kind returns to the role of Max Bialystock, which he played on Broadway, alongside Roger Bart, who originated the role of Carmen Ghia in the Broadway production before taking over the part of Leo Bloom opposite Kind.

Also coming back are Gary Beach, who won a Tony Award for his turn as the flamboyantly untalented director Roger DeBris.

For this production, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays Bloom, with Bart returning to the role of Carmen, which earned him a Tony nomination.

The play is based on a hit movie of the same name, which was written and directed by Mel Brooks and released in 1968, and is a risque farce about a struggling Broadway producer who puts on a Nazi-themed play which is meant to be a flop but instead turns out to be a hit.

Original article: Daily Mail

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