by Patricia Bradford

Opening on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM is MCT’s production of Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS at the Shannondell Performing Arts Center in Audubon, PA. THE PRODUCERS, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, is based on the hit 1968 film and presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). This hysterical Broadway award-winning production with its outrageous, in-your-face humor promises to take no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself to be an “equal opportunity offender!”

The plot is simple: A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway and bilk their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit and the antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the famously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the heart of this insanely funny adventure is a moving emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

THE PRODUCERS is expertly directed by Deb Schrager of Elkins Park, with music direction under Tom Wexler of Abington and choreography by Sally Rothschild of Wayne. Show producers are Michelle Miller of Audubon and Loretta Rurode and Lauren Franz, both of Eagleville. Show set was designed by Bob Shindle of Bayonne, NJ, with construction led by Harvey Perelman of Huntington Valley. Lighting design is by Tom Dinnella of Collegeville with sound by Ray DiSandro of Audubon. MCT is once again fortunate to have the artistic talent of Michael Adams of Audubon for set painting and decoration aided by “The Producers” cast and crew. Costuming is courtesy of Brenda Hunsberger of Collegeville aided by Sue Carney of North Coventry and Rose Marie Nin of Wayne. , Sue Carney, Rose Marie Nin.

The roles of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom are played by Steve Arcidiacono of Havertown and Brett Kahn of Phoenixville. Ulla is Suzanne Rainear of Harleysville with actors Evan McElhiney of Phoenixville as Carmen Ghia, Tom Blair of Perkiomenville as Roger Debris and Steve Carrasco of Stowe as Franz Liebkind. Adding to the hilarity is an ensemble cast of over twenty-five equally talented area thespians. All are supported by a full orchestra providing outstanding musical score to enhance your theater experience.

Don’t miss out on this legendary account of Bialystock and Bloom and the extreme humor of Mel Brooks’ PG-13 classic cult comedy! All performances are at the Shannondell Performing Arts Center, 10000 Shannondell Blvd., Audubon, PA 19403. Show dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM with Sunday matinee performances on November 9 and 16 at 2:00 PM. Regular Admission is $17.50*. Senior (62+) and student (11 and under) ticket prices are $14.25*. Tickets may be purchased in advance from MCT at www.methactoncommunitytheater.org or Ticket Leap at www.ticketleap.com.

The Shannondell Performing Arts Center is a handicapped accessible facility and is open to the public. All non-residents of Shannondell are required to park in the Giant parking lot on Egypt Road across from the entrance to Shannondell. A free shuttle service will be provided to transport patrons from the parking lot to the theater. For further information please visit http://www.methactoncommunitytheater.org/subpages/TheProducers.html, email at info@methactoncommunitytheater.org or call (610) 489-6449.

*Ticket price includes the 10% Lower Providence Amusement Tax

Theater/Organization Methacton Community Theater
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.methactoncommunitytheater.org

Theater/Organization Address: PO Box 26144 Collegeville, Pennsylvania 19426 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (610)489-6449

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