LORAIN — A year after Lorain Community Music Theater had fun with the madcap antics of “Anything Goes,” the local company decided to continue such fun with its new summer show “The Producers.”
The Tony-Award winning musical appears weekends today through July 21 at the Lorain Performing Arts Center.
WHAT: Lorain Community Music Theater presents “The Producers”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, July 19 and July 20 and 2 p.m. July 21
WHERE: Lorain Performing Arts Center, 2600 Ashland Ave., Lorain
TICKETS: $18 ($16 seniors, $10 students and children younger than 10)
“Lorain Community Music Theater strives to reach a variety of audiences with different musical genres,” said show producer Lynn Maslinski, a Lorain resident.
“The Board of Directors appreciated the manner in which Mel Brooks used theater and film to make light of tragic situations that happened in our world history. They also liked the hilarity of this show, which allows people to escape from the real world for a few hours.”
The fun farce, which made its Broadway debut in 2001, tells the story of fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock, who along with accountant Leo Bloom, sets out to produce the worst musical ever. The only problem is the show becomes a hit.
Featuring a cast of 24 actors supported by a 12-piece orchestra, the Lorain Community Music Theater production is directed by Keli Schimelpfenig, who Maslinski said is following the original Broadway track of having cast members each play multiple roles.
“On average each ensemble member plays five or more different characters,” Maslinski said. “Although these roles have been portrayed by many famous people in the past, Keli encouraged our actors to make the roles their own and not just a copy of what had always been done.”
Considering Maslinski is the producer of “The Producers,” which is about the worst musical ever to hit Broadway with the worst script and the worst director, her job must have been pretty easy.
“Well, it may seem so, but it definitely was hard,” Maslinski said. “Even though Bialystock and Bloom are striving to produce a flop, I — of course — was striving to produce the best production of ‘The Producers’ this area has ever seen. I had to work hard to keep the high standards of the original Broadway production.”
Continuing the playful nature of the characters Bialystock and Bloom, Maslinski said she relates more to the latter.
“Bloom is on the nervous side and worries a lot, which definitely describes me,” Maslinski said. “Unlike Leo, however, this is not my first time producing, so I could relate to Bialystock when it comes to producing shows.”
Putting on her producer cap, Maslinski noted audiences who already have high expectations regarding Lorain Community Music Theater shows will leave the theater chuckling all the way home.
“This show is considered by many to be the funniest Broadway musical of all time,” Maslinski said. “If you enjoy humor and laughing, this show is for you. We guarantee you will be laughing out loud at all of the ridiculous antics on the stage.
“Our cast, production staff, crew and orchestra have worked tirelessly to ensure that ‘The Producers’ is definitely a show worth seeing.”