A Mel Brooks Musical
Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film. Now as a musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is truly a hit, winning a record twelve Tony awards.
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!”
Who Can Audition: All ages are welcome to audition, but performers must be able to look and play adult characters. There are no age restrictions, but please note that there are no children characters, so all auditioning must be able to come across as an adult.
When and Where:
December 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Brown Middle School, 980 Durham Rd (Route 79), Madison
December 10 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Clinton Town Hall Andrews Memorial Theatre, 54 E Main St, Clinton
Ladies: If you are auditioning for the part of Ulla, please prepare the song, “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It” from the show. Otherwise, please bring a song in the style of the show that best showcases your vocal ability and be prepared for a dance audition.
What To Prepare: All those auditioning should come prepared to dance and with a show tune of your choice in the style of the show. Some people may be asked additionally to read sides from the show and/or to sing songs from the show, so it would be in your best interest to familiarize yourself with the material.
Callbacks: We will do our best to cast the show based on what we see in auditions, however, if callbacks are necessary, those being called back will be notified following the second audition.
|Character||Gender||Age Range||Vocal Range||Brief Description|
|Max Bialystock||Male||Mid 30s – Mid 50s||Baritone
Range: A2 – F#4
|Loud, crass, scheming producer|
|Leo Bloom||Male||Mid 20s – Mid 30s||Baritone
Range: A2 – F4
|Meek, pushover accountant|
|Roger De Bris||Male||Mid 30s – Mid 50s||Baritone
Range: G#2 – G4
|Flamboyantly homosexual, confident director|
|Carmen Ghia||Male||Mid 20s – Mid 30s||Baritone
Range: C3 – A4
Must be able to sing in falsetto
|Flamboyantly homosexual director’s assistant|
|Franz Liebkind||Male||Mid 30s – Mid 50s||Baritone
Range: F2 – G4
|Loud, unpredictable Nazi playwright|
|Ulla||Female||Mid 20s – Mid 30s||Soprano w/ Belt
Range: A3 – G5
|Tall, gorgeous, confident wannabe actress. Swedish accent required.|
One of the best aspects of The Producers is the extremely high level of involvement of the ensemble. There are several ensemble roles with names, solos, lines of dialogue, etc. with parts including, but not limited to: accountants, ushers, theater goers, little old ladies, convicts, storm troopers, chorus girls, chorus boys, judges, prison guards, police officers, actors, production crew members, and many more. There is a huge opportunity for a stand-out role, even if not cast as a principal character, and these roles span all ages, as long as the actor looks mature.
Rehearsals will take place at Brown Middle School in North Madison.
The show will be performed at the beautiful Andrews Memorial Theatre at the Clinton Town Hall, Clinton.
Show Dates: March 26, 27, 28 at 7:00 pm and March 28 and 29 at 2:00 pm.
For additional information please call Ed Hobson at 203-530-3964.