Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Center for the Arts presents the Mel Brooks’ classic movie turned Tony Award-winning musical The Producers, March 22 to April 7.
This hilarious comedy set to music, which originally starred Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, follows two men as they seek to pull off the greatest scheme in Broadway history.
Co-directors Chris McLaurin and Natalie Quinn, who last directed the award-winning Pirates of Penzance at the Center in 2017, are thrilled with the progress of the show. “The cast is one of the most talented, dynamic, and outrageous casts I’ve ever seen,” says Quinn. McLaurin says “I’m thrilled to have our original 2017 production staff back together. Sure, we have our dysfunctional moments, but this is art, who wants functional art?”
Dysfunction is the name of the game as Max Bialystock (John Frost) teams up with mousy, meek, mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom (Tucker Young). After an observation from Leo that you can make more money with a flop than with a hit, the pair set out to produce the worst show Broadway’s ever seen. With a play written by Franz Liebkind (Jared Taylor), they approach world-renowned theatrical director Roger DeBris (Russell Forbes) and his common-law assistant Carmen Ghia (Ryan Fiero), who are given permission to make the play as “gay as anyone could want.” With the production team set, the wheels begin to turn on the production of ‘Springtime for Hitler.’
They return to Max’s office and are met by Ulla (Poem Atkinson), who is ready to audition. She sends the boys stumbling over their words as she flaunts what she’s got, and is immediately cast as the female lead. But her budding romance with Leo could jeopardize the producer’s partnership. Finally, it’s opening night, but a wrench is thrown into the works when their new show turns out to be a hit, and Max and Leo are left to deal with the repercussions of success.
Come join the cast of unforgettable characters in this laugh-out-loud story of two unlikely friends weathering the challenges of failure and fame.
Tickets start at $14 and are currently on sale at boroarts.org, by calling 615-904-ARTS (2787), or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 110 West College Street, in downtown Murfreesboro.
This production is rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and references.
The Producers runs Friday, March 22 – Sunday, April 7.