Theater of the Stars has created a faithful reproduction of the original Broadway hit The Producers. With a talented cast, the production provides a hilarious and entertaining time at the theater.
Based on the 1968 film, the musical tells the story of an accountant and a Broadway producer who scheme to steal two million dollars from investors by presenting a flop that is certain to close on opening night. After choosing a horrible musical titled “Springtime for Hitler,” hiring the worst director in town, and casting a second rate cast, the show becomes a hit and their plans begin to unravel.
Fans of the musical will not be disappointed with this production with sets designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by William Ivey Long. Under the original direction of Susan Stroman, the cast includes a mix of local and New York based actors. As Max Bialystick, the failed producer, Michael McCormick, creates a memorable and crowd-pleasing performance. His performance, which seems to channel Danny Devito, is funny and captures the right balance of being over-the-top and straight laced.
Atlanta native Stacey Todd Holt plays Leo Bloom, Max’s accountant and producing partner for “Springtime for Hitler.” The highlight of his performance is “That Face” along with Lara Seiberts (Ulla). She performs the typical Mel Brooks female lead perfectly, and her vocals are at their best in this song.
As a last minute replacement for an ailing Gary Beach, David De Vries is entertaining and utterly hilarious as boisterous and flamboyant director Roger DeBris, but it is Patrick Boyd as Carmen Ghia, DeBris’s “common law assistant,” who steals the show and draws the most laughs from the audience.
Theater of the stars production of The Producers runs through January 31, 2013 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office, online at www.foxtixatl.com or by phone at 855-ATL-TIXX. For more information on the show or the recently announced 2013-2014 season, please visit Theater of the Stars’ website. The show’s runtime is around two and half hours with an intermission.
– A. Wesley