Pin It

The Producers 

click to enlarge stage_rev2-1.jpg

Max Bialystock, "The King of Broadway," falls on bad times when his most recent play folds after one night. But through the ingenious twists and turns of Mel Brooks' The Producers, recently staged by Jefferson Performing Arts Society, his star will rise again.

  Director Robert Mulholland gathered an exceptional cast for the politically incorrect mayhem — with Chris Wecklein as Bialystock, A.J. Allegra as Leo Bloom (an accountant who dreams of becoming a Broadway producer), Bob Edes Jr. as Roger DeBris, the world's worst (and campiest) director, and Libby Tatum as the irresistible Swedish bombshell Ulla.

  When Bloom discovers a $2,000 error, Bialystock asks him to cook the books. Tensions rise and the accountant is left caressing a tiny blue blanket from his childhood to recover his fragile stability. The big plot moment comes when the accountant realizes a flop might generate more money than a hit. Instead of the petty $100,000 Bialystock just lost, he could raise several million, invest $100,000 in a terrible show and keep the leftover millions for himself, or themselves.

  So begins the exhausting search for the worst of the worst. But first, Bialystock has to "service" one of his investors — an elderly woman known as "hold me, touch me." All of his investors are elderly women who want affection in exchange for their checks.

  Finally, Bialystock locates the surefire flop: Springtime for Hitler. All that's necessary is to assemble a disastrous cast under the direction of DeBris and open the play in New York, where most of the audience will be Jewish.

  Alas, the plan backfires. Springtime for Hitler is a runaway smash. Bialystock and his cooked books end up in jail, leaving Bloom with the cash.

  Alton Geno choreographed the show ingeniously. We even got senior chorines wielding their walkers like flamenco dancers use their castanets. — Dalt Wonk

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Submit an event Jump to date

Latest in Stage Previews and Reviews

Readers also liked…

Spotlight Events

  • 4000 Miles @ Ashe Cultural Arts Center
    1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

    • Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5
  • The Toxic Avenger @ The Theatre at St. Claude
    2240 St. Claude Ave.

    • Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
  • The Illusionists @ Saenger Theatre
    1111 Canal St.

    • Through Oct. 30
  • Close Me Out @ Hi-Ho Lounge
    2239 St. Claude Ave.

    • First Saturday of every month
  • St. Claude Second Saturdays @ St. Claude Arts District
    2820 St. Claude Ave.

    • Second Saturday of every month
    • 4 going/interested

© 2016 Gambit
Powered by Foundation