Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brook’s The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy. Since its debut in 2001, the show has paved the way for a new type of live entertainment. The basic plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history. Realizing they can make more money off the worst show in history rather than a good one, they stage Springtime for Hitler, a musical that’s exactly what it sounds like. One thing does go completely amiss for the pair; the show is an unexpected smash hit and their lives become quite chaotic.
Director Ian Alexander prepared for 2-3 years for this show believing “he owed it to the community and himself to make this show great.” Elaborate, high concept, well-done goofball insanity is his specific niche as a director and “The Producers is basically the epitome of all that. This big, silly musical is one of his favourites and Alexander is “reaching for the sky as far as a night of entertainment goes. 33 of the funniest, most talented cast members anyone could ask for are onstage and a crew of over 40 work on various aspects of the show”. Dave Evans who plays Bialystock and Jonathan Lawrence, playing Leo Bloom lead the show along with some familiar performers in hilarious roles people have never seen them in before. There are also a handful of brand new faces to the Theatre Sarnia stage and 10 highly skilled dancers from Sarnia’s Great Lakes Dance Academy.
Frank Brennan is the show’s music director and is incredible at what he does. Cy Giacomin is the accompanist and Marcia Case his apprentice. Tia Colborne, owner operator with her husband Andrew of Great Lakes Dance Academy has choreographed the show stopping musical numbers. Bethany Tiegs, Stage Manager along with her team of Kathryn Forristal and Tara Brennan manage the “craziness” backstage.
Alexander says,”Theatre Sarnia has raised the bar substantially on the production value of our shows. He particularly notes “our roll in the aisle comedy spectacles such as Spamalot, Rock of Ages, The 39 Steps and his own projects, Cinemadness, CineMadventure and OMiGodshow.”Theatre Sarnia can be counted upon to offer awe inspiring quality entertainment to audiences time and time again.
The Producers has mature humour and adult language and is recommended for ages 12 years and up. The show runs May 11-19, 2018. Information and tickets are available at the Imperial Theatre Box Office, 168 Christina Street North, 519-344-7469 or visit www.imperialtheatre.net