The most awarded show in Broadway history! The Producers the new Mel Brooks musical
Bob Amaral and Andy Taylor
The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical will make its Orange County premiere at the Orange County Performing Arts Center as part of the Bank of America Broadway Series from August 3-22 in Segerstrom Hall. Everything you've heard is true! Mel Brooks has put the comedy back into musical comedy. "The Producers is the funniest, most fearlessly irreverent thing ever seen on stage!" (USA Today). And now you can experience the biggest Tony Award winner in Broadway history when it comes to Orange County! Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Crazy for You, Contact, The Music Man, Oklahoma!), The New York Times raves, "The Producers is a blissful spectacle that will leave you delirious!"
Stuart Marland and Rich Affannato
Based on Mr. Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together, they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than needed for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Their "sure-fire" theatrical fiasco? None other than the musical Springtime for Hitler.
The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical has a Tony Award-winning book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, and is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.
Ida Leigh Curtis
Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, began his distinguished career during television's Golden Age as a writer for Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows in 1951. In 1955 and in 1957, Brooks received Emmy Award nominations (with others) for Best Comedy Writing for Caesar's Hour and, in 1956, he was nominated (with others) for Best Writing for a Variety or Situation Comedy.
After writing and directing his first feature film in 1968, The Producers, which earned for him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, he went on to create a remarkable string of hit comedies, including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and History of the World, Part 1, among others.
Taylor, Bob Amaral, Stuart Marland
Thomas Meehan received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book for Annie, which was his first Broadway show, and has since written the books for the musicals I Remember Mama, Ain't Broadway Grand, Annie Warbucks and Hairspray, and co-wrote the book for the Broadway premiere of Bombay Dreams. In addition, he is a long-time contributor of humor to The New Yorker, an Emmy Award-winning writer of television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays, including Mel Brooks' Space Balls and To Be or Not to Be.
Susan Stroman, director and choreographer, is the recipient of five Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, seven Outer Critics Awards, a record three Astaire Awards and the Lucille Lortel Award. Other Broadway credits include Oklahoma!, Music Man, Contact, Crazy for You, Showboat, Big, Steel Pier, Picnic and Thou Shalt Not. She also choreographed and directed Madison Square Garden's annual spectacular event, A Christmas Carol, directed by Mike Ockrent. The creative team for The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical is comprised of Robin Wagner (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting), Steve Kennedy (sound), Glen Kelly (musical arrangements and supervision), Patrick Brady (musical direction/vocal arrangements) and Doug Besterman (orchestrations).
Bob Amaral and Company
The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving the most awards in Broadway history: Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (Mel Brooks), Best Scenic Design (Robin Wagner), Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long), Best Lighting Design (Peter Kaczorowski), Best Orchestrations (Doug Besterman), Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical (Susan Stroman). The new Mel Brooks musical received a record eleven 2001 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical and Outstanding Costume Design. It also received eight 2001 Outer Critics Awards, including Outstanding Broadway Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Scenic Design and Outstanding Costume Design. It also received the 2001 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, the 2001 Drama League Award for Best Musical and an Astaire Award for Ms. Stroman's choreography.
Visit The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical Web site by logging on to www.producersontour.com.
Tuesdays - Fridays, August 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 at 8 p.m.
Saturdays, August 7, 14 & 21 at 8 p.m.
Sundays, August 8, 15, & 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $44.25, $48.25, $54.25, $58.25, $64.25, $68.25
Tickets may be purchased at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Artists and programs are subject to change. For more information about these or any other Center events, please call (714) 556-ARTS or visit The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org.