Mesa Community College's Act I Musical Productions to Present THE PRODUCERS, Begin. 10/10
Mesa Community College's Act I Musical Productions presents Mel Brooks' hysterically irreverent comedy THE PRODUCERS, opening October 10th in Mesa, AZ.
THE PRODUCERS: For the first time we present THE PRODUCERS. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (ANNIE) and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
THE PRODUCERS is produced by SueAnne Lucius, Chair of the Music Department at Mesa Community College. The show runs October 10 - 19, 2013 in the Theatre Outback at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ, 85202 (just off the US 60 at Dobson Road). Performances are October 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 2013 at 7:30pm and October 12 and 19 at 2:00pm.
Based on the hit 1968 film of the same name, this Mel Brooks masterpiece chronicles the hilarious adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of showbiz. What they don't know is that after all their hard work, the musical ends up being a smash hit! It's a comic tour-de-force that spoofs the big, old-fashioned Broadway musical while paying tribute to it at the same time. The classic score contains such gems as "I Wanna Be A Producer," "When You Got It, Flaunt It," "Springtime for Hitler," and "Prisoners of Love." With a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, THE PRODUCERS will have audiences laughing out loud.
This uproarious comedy stars Jere Van Patten as down-and-out producer Max Bialystock, Jesse Thomas Foster as Max's timid accountant Leo Bloom and Megan Farinella as Ulla, the Swedish bombshell that Bialystock and Bloom hire as their receptionist. Most recently, Van Patten has appeared in The 39 Steps, and in Forever Plaid both at the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert. The „Bloom' to Van Patten?s „Bialystock,' Jesse Thomas Foster returns to MCC?s Act I Musical Productions after appearing in Phoenix Theatre?s RENT and Lyric Opera Theatre?s Little Women. Megan Farinella makes her debut with MCC?s Act I Musical Productions after last being seen in Mesa Encore?s Grease and the title role in Aida for Actor?s Youth Theatre.
The cast of THE PRODUCERS also features Chris Dane Burk (Roger DeBris), Tyler Higginbotham (Franz Liebkind), Anthony Felix (Carmen Ghia), and resident Musical Director Dr. Catherine Hauan in the role of "Hold Me-Touch Me." The ensemble includes Kat Abruzzese, Amanda Albretsen, Aaron Ford, Paula Gray, Korbin Heronema, MicheAl Jones, Patti Jones, Stefan Jorgensen, Matt Lambert, Angelica McGrew, Victoria Onyeabor, Laynee Overall, Kinsey Peotter, Sunny Price, Heather Ramsey, McKenna Seckman, Conner Shumway, Viva Valdez, Sammi Wilkins, and Jordan Woollen.
The creative team has received numerous AriZoni Awards for Excellence in Theatre in their respective fields and includes SueAnne Lucius (Producer) who also serves as the MCC Music Department Chair, husband and wife team Jere and Allyson Van Patten (Directors), Resident Musical Director Dr. Catherine Hauan (Musical Director), Cambrian james (Choreographer), Dori A. Brown (Scenic Designer), Troy Buckey (Lighting Designer), Lois K. Myers (Costume Designer), Gary Towne (Sound Designer), Cambrian james (Hair & Makeup Designer), Brian Daily (Master Carpenter/Scene Shop Foreman), Sean Meshew (Production Stage Manager), and Thor Mikesell (Assistant Stage Manager).