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Monday, June 29, 2015
'The Producers' is no Flop at Olney
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 LibertoPhoto: Stan Barouh
Mel Books and Thomas Meehan
adapted the musical from the 1968 movie with the same name. The music and
lyrics were composed and written by Mr. Brooks who turned 89 the day following
the opening night performance at Olney.His comedic genius along with Mr. Meehan’s assistance on the book is
stamped on every line, every lyric, and every movement.
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.