Lakewood Playhouse stages hilarious ‘The Producers’

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The Mel Brooks record-breaking musical “The Producers – A (new) Musical by Mel Brooks” is taking the Lakewood Playhouse by storm. Winner of the most Tony Awards for a musical in history, this hugely popular play focuses on a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: The show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

Presented in the Lakewood Playhouse’s thrust configuration, with seating facing the stage as well on both of its sides, Lakewood Playhouse’s production will drop you right into the middle of this hilarious comedy musical. This is the final show of Lakewood Playhouse’s landmark 80thanniversary season

This big and bawdy comedy musical will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. now through July 7, with a pay what you can actor’s benefit at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Ticket prices are $30 general admission, $28 military and seniors, and $25 students/educators.

This production will mark the return of director Casi Pruitt, who has directed such past hit shows as “Oliver!,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Rainmaker.” It will be musically directed by Deborah L. Armstrong, whose past shows at the Playhouse include “Spamalot,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “American Idiot.” It will also mark the return of choreographer Ashley Roy, who helped bring “American Idiot” to the Lakewood Playhouse stage last season.

The production features a cast of local actors, both new and returning, including: Brad Cerenzia (Max Bialystock), William Johnson (Leo Bloom), Kyle Sinclair (Franz Liebkind), Henry Talbot Dorset (Roger DeBris), Erik Davis (Carmen Ghia), Hayley Ewerz (Ulla Inga Hanse), Betzy Miller (Hold Me-Touch Me) and a dynamic Male Ensemble featuring Ton Williams, Mark Anthony, Alex Ross, Jaxx Chadick, Judah Sawyer, James Sawyer. Plus, the phenomenal female ensemble features Kira Vegaega, Nia Hudson, Valerie Ryan Miller, LaNita Antoinette Walters, Jessica Anderson, Chelsea Pedro and Andrea Gordon.

Parental advisory: This production includes mature language, adult situations and humor. Parental guidance is strongly suggested.

For tickets, visit www.LakewoodPlayhouse.org or call the box office at (235) 588-0042.

 

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