Mel Brooks' The Producers Starring Michael Kostroff and Larry Raben
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The show was great from the acting to the sets, the vocals to the lighting, the dancing to the costumes. It was a great production all around. I have seen it on Broadway and in LA but the intimacy of this theater made it better that both of those...
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Overall: This was a great production (even if I got sick halfway through and spent the end of the play in the lobby area)! I took my husband (20's) and father (50's) to this production at CSULB. I was somewhat skeptical at first as I hadn't...continued
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Even though we were in the last row, the sight lines were great, and as usual CSULB delivered a great show. In fact, as we were dead center, I was glad to have got great seats at the lesser expensive price of the offerings.
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The Producers is a movie classic that became a Broadway sensation! The record-breaking Tony Award-winning hit (based on Mel Brooks’ seminal 1968 motion picture comedy) received 15 nominations and won a record-breaking 12 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and Choreographer, and Best Actor.
The plot involves scheming theatrical producer Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, his mousy CPA. The pair hit upon the perfect plan to embezzle a fortune: raise far more money than you need to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop and then (since no one will expect anything back), Max and Leo can pocket the difference. To do this, they need the ultimate bad musical, which they find in Springtime for Hitler. Their plans come to naught and the duo are taken completely by surprise when their new production is hailed as a toast-of-the town. “If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It,” “That Face,” “Keep it Gay,” and “Springtime for Hitler” are but a few of the hilarious numbers from this hit Mel Brooks musical.
Musical Theatre West is delighted to announce the principal cast for its upcoming Southern California regional premiere of The Producers. Michael Kostroff, best known as Maurice Levy in the HBO series The Wire will play conniving theatrical producer Max Bialystock. Michael traveled the U.S. in the first national tour of The Producers, playing twelve roles a night and understudying both Max Bialystock and Roger De Bris, and toured again in Les Misérables, as the comically evil innkeeper, Monsieur Thénardier. Larry Raben will portray nervous accountant/aspiring producer Leo Bloom, a role he has played both on Broadway and in the Las Vegas productions. MTW perennial favorite and multiple LA Ovation Award winner David Engel will portray flamboyant director Roger DeBris. David has appeared in the original Broadway casts of La Cage Aux Folles and Seussical. Sarah Cornell will portray the aspiring Swedish actress Ulla. Sarah appeared in this role in the Broadway production and also appeared in the Off- Broadway production of Evil Dead the Musical. Michael Paternostro will recreate the role of Carmen Ghia, which he also played in the First National Tour. Michael’s Broadway credits include Gregory Gardner in the Broadway Revival of A Chorus Line and in the original casts of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fosse and Beauty and the Beast. Nick Santa Maria will play Franz Leibkind. Nick appeared in a number of roles in the Las Vegas and National Tour productions.
MTW Associate Artistic Director Steven Glaudini, who was recently nominated for an LA Ovation Award as Best Director of a Musical for MTW’s regional premiere of All Shook Up, will direct The Producers. Matthew J. Vargo will assume choreographic duties, recreating the original work of Susan Stroman, a task that he has performed at multiple venues. Daniel’s credits include The Pirates of Penzance and The Pajama Game for MTW and the Southern California premieres of A Year With Frog and Toad, Pardon My English and _As Thousands Cheer.