In a turnabout from its previous musical that offered the relatively sober Carousel, the Olney Theatre Center, in the midst of its 77th season, is currently mounting the gregarious, laugh-a-minute production of The Producers. It is clear from the get-go why this musical captured a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards in 2001 and spawned numerous other productions worldwide as well a successful film in 2005. The hilarity, high-jinx and gags keep the audience laughing throughout with never a dull moment to be had. #hocoarts
Michael Kostroff, Jessica Jaros and Michael Di Liberto Photo: Stan Barouh
Under the expert direction of Mark Waldrop, who stays true to the original show (and why not?), the company and crew does this iconic show justice in every facet and is among the very best productions that Olney has staged in years. The Producers is unapologetic in its irreverence towards Nazis, gay people, the elderly, and Broadway folks especially producers.
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