Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria into anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, THE PRODUCERS once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humour. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant 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! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they manoeuvre their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously 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 core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender”!
Performance Dates and Times
Thursday 7th August @ 7:30 PM
Saturday 9th August @ 4:30 PM (Followed by the Production Ball)
Watch interviews with the cast and take a look inside rehearsals for Hairspray HERE
RSC Production entered the Lyrebird Youth Awards in 2014 and scored the following nominations:
Best Musical Production - THE PRODUCERS Best Ensemble – THE PRODUCERS Best Director of a Musical - Ben Moody Best Musical Director – Lachlan Mackay Best Choreographer – Kate Tanner & Gaynor Borlase* Best Costumes – Denise Rash Best Lighting – Lachlan Mackay Best Actor in a Musical – Jeremy Carden, Stephen Amos* Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Caillan Soutar, Harley Pettett, Lachlan Roberts, Sam Clarke
* Denotes win
We also entered the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria, Junior Secion, in 2014 and received 5 nominations and an award for excellence.
The nominations were:
Best Production - THE PRODUCERS
Direction of a Junior Production - Ben Moody
Junior Male Performer in a Leading Role - Stephen Amos (Leo), Jeremy Carden (Max)
Junior Male Performer in a Supporting Role - Matthew Nichol (Franz)
The Judge's Award For Excellence went to THE STAGE CREW.