Act 1, Scene 1
* Funny Boy, Max Bialystock's latest offering on Broadway, flops and closes on opening night.
* Max vows to end his string of flops and become King of Broadway again.
Act 1, Scene 2
* Leo Bloom is brought in to look over Max's books for Funny Boy.
* Leo witnesses Max's method of procuring funds, namely, sexual favors for rich old ladies.
* Leo remarks that a producer could make a fortune on a flop.
* Max seizes upon Leo's comment and asks him to help him make that happen.
Act 1, Scene 3
* Leo glumly returns to his office, where he is badgered by his boss.
* Leo fantasizes about being a Broadway producer and quits his job.
Act 1, Scene 4
* Leo returns to Max and joins up with him in the plan to produced a flop.
* Max and Leo cement their partnership.
Act 1, Scene 5
* After hours of reading, Max chooses Springtime for Hitler as the...
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