BarnArts Center for the Arts production of Mel Brook's award winning play The Producers opens Friday Oct 12 with a cast of 27 performers featuring all local talent. This will be BarnArts first large-scale musical produced on the stage of Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre.
The Producers received more Tony Awards than any other musical in theater history – twelve total including Best Musical and Best Original Score and it premiered in 2001 on Broadway staring Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick, followed by a movie version in 2005 with much the same cast. The musical was adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from the original Mel Brooks creation, the classic 1967 movie starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.
Max Comins of Woodstock as the washed up producer Max Bialystock (right) and Christian Coffman of West Lebanon as Leo Bloom (left), the meek accountant with secret Broadway ambitions.
Woodstock resident Max Comins plays Max Bialystock, the former king of Broadway producers who is hungry to strike it rich one last time. His meek but Broadway-ambitious accountant, Leo Bloom is played by Christian Coffman of West Lebanon. Together Bailystock and Bloom come up with a get-rich-quick scheme of overselling to investors while producing a sure flop. Their plan unravels as the scheduled flop “Springtime for Hitler” becomes a smashing success as a hilarious over-the-top gay romp.
Performances are on Fridays & Saturdays, Oct 12 &13 and 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Oct 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 adults and $18 students and are being sold through Pentangle Arts, 457-3981, or can be linked to through barnarts.org. For more info contact BarnArts at 234-1645 or visit the BarnArts website or facebook page.