Celebrity 'Hitler' Play Needs Producer By Stephen M. Silverman Published on September 28, 1998 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Producer David Geffen has stepped out of the eagerly awaited Broadway musical version of the Mel Brooks 1968 cult movie favorite “The Producers,” reports The New York Times — which goes on to say that other producers are scrambling to replace him. The satirical show is set to star Nathan Lane and Martin Short as two flea-bitten impresarios who undertake to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop, a musical called “Springtime for Hitler,” so they can pocket their investors’ money. Only “Hitler” proves to be a hit. (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder starred in the movie.) No reason for Geffen’s departure has been reported.