Backstage Players is proud to be bringing the hilarious Mel Brook’s Comedy, The Producers to stage this March. Shows are scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at 7:00, Friday, March 27 at 7:00, Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 at Andrews Memorial Theater at Clinton Town Hall.
The Producers follows the adventures of Max Bialystock, a less than reputable, down-on-his-luck Broadway Producer and his withdrawn, milquetoast accountant, Leo Bloom. Their scheme is to put on the worst Broadway Musical ever, close it in one night, and run off with all of the project’s investment money. They need to find the worst musical ever written and the worst director on Broadway, not to mention some equally ridiculous characters that they meet along the way. The title page of the play selected reads, “Springtime for Hitler, A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden.” Mr. Brooks takes this premise of a musical glorifying Hitler and proceeds to destroy the Nazis and their Third Reich with unparalleled sarcastic humor.
Along the way, audiences will be treated to some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage, “The King of Broadway”, “I Want to be a Producer”, “Keep it Gay”, “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It”, “That Face”, “Springtime For Hitler” and many others.
The Producers features many Backstage regulars, including Mark Gilchrist and Jim Kane, who play the two leading men, Max and Leo, respectively. Kane will also double as director for the production.
“I’m incredibly excited to be working on The Producers in as many aspects as I am, said Kane. “It’s been my favorite show since it hit Broadway years ago and I’m honored to be given the chance to bring Mel Brooks’ genius alive on stage.”
We are proud to introduce two Backstage Players newcomers, Chelsea Kelle from Manchester, who plays Ulla, Max and Leo’s love interest and David Kaminski, a great stand-up comedian in his own right, as Franz, the totally insane Neo-Nazi playwright.
The Producers is a marked departure from Backstage Players’ usual fare. It is a quintessential Mel Brooks comedy. It features an all adult cast, save some mature teenagers, and is rated PG-13 by Music Theatre International, still appropriate for most young people, but not all.
“We are taking somewhat of a leap of faith with this production. It has an edge to it, which is a good thing. Good theater is not meant to be comfortable”, said Ed Hobson, BPC president. “Its Brooks being an “equal opportunity offender”. Its really, really funny, chocked full of silliness from beginning to end. Its Brooks fighting the Nazis the only way he can, through humor. Our audience has come to expect excellence from us and this will be the biggest and best we’ve done, so far.”
Please don’t miss this lavish extravaganza in Clinton. Ticket information will be published very soon on this website.