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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 Liberto  Photo: 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.
To read full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

1 comment:

Responsible for Equality And Liberty said...

There is nothing "funny" about Adolf Hitler, who murdered 6 million Jews and others, put homosexuals and others in concentration camps, and who criminal followers continue to seek to oppress human rights in the United States and around the world, including a terrorist attack on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) killing African-American guard Stephen Tryone Johns of Maryland, and attacking African-American churches around this nation.