The 61st season of the Music Circus (and the 9th season with air conditioning and ladies toilets, California Musical Theatre Executive Producer Richard Lewis made a point to note), kicks off with Mel Brooks’ riotous musical The Producers, based on his 1968 film of the same name.
If you’re not familiar with the plot, it’s (seemingly) simple: Down and out Broadway producer Max Bialystock & accountant Leo Bloom scheme to put on the biggest flop in Broadway history, which is guaranteed to make them more money than a hit. Hilarity ensues as they venture out to select the worst play, director, and actors they can find, and finally produce the play itself—live on Broadway.
One may be inclined to think a show about an abominable play may itself be dull, but The Producers is anything but. Full of wisecracks, witty quips, and humorous songs, the play toes the line of offensive (glitzy swastikas and blatant sexual suggestions, for example), but stops right where it should, leaving the audience amused and sated with laughter.
Sure to please newcomers and fans of the original film alike, The Producers runs through this Sunday, July 17 and tickets are still available (note: this production is recommended for theatre goers age 16 and older).
The Music Circus season continues through the end of August with performances of Oliver (July 19-July 24), Anything Goes (July 26-July 31), Camelot (Aug 2-Aug 7), Annie Get Your Gun (Aug 9-Aug 14), I Do! I Do! (Aug 16-Aug 21), & Miss Saigon (Aug 23-Aug 28).
Written by Sacramento365.com Assistant Editor, Alison Kranz
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