The Argyle Theatre Begins Performances of THE PRODUCERS

The Argyle Theatre Begins Performances of THE PRODUCERS

Long Island's newest theatrical venue The Argyle Theatre (Mark and Dylan Perlman, Managing Partners; Evan Pappas, Artistic Director) concludes its inaugural season with the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Producers, with book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and music & lyrics by Mel Brooks. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a Major Sponsor of The Producers. Performances begin TOMORROW, Thursday, March 14, 2019 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 20, 2019 at The Argyle Theatre (34 West Main Street, Babylon, Long Island). Opening Night is Saturday evening, March 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Under the direction of Argyle Theatre's Artistic Director Evan Pappas, with choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo and music direction by Jeffrey Lodin, the cast will feature Richard Lafleur as Leo Bloom, and Jason Simon as Max Bialystock, with Cody Marcukaitis as Franz Liebkind, Gina Milo as Ulla, Jon J. Peterson as Carmen Ghia, and John Salvatore as Roger De Bris. The ensemble will include Kyra Christopher, Jerome Doerger, Courtney Fekete, Carissa Fiorillo, Heather Klobukowski, Ryan Koerber, Gerard Lanzerotti, Ashley Gale Munzek, Matthew Rafanelli, Robert Serrano, Ryan Thurman, Erica Wilpon.

When The Producers came to Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick as the infamous characters Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, it had audiences laughing so hard they could barely catch their breath.

Bialystock is a once-successful Broadway producer in the middle of a dry spell. His accountant Bloom tallies the numbers of their current flop. Devious Max realizes he could make more money by producing a deliberate flop and over-selling a piece of the action to unsuspecting investors.

Bialystock finds an incredibly offensive script, "Springtime for Hitler" written by an ex-Nazi and begins to seduce his backers-all little old ladies-out of millions of dollars. He auditions and hires bad actors and a bad director, and even tells the actor who plays Hitler to "gay it up."

In the first minutes of "Springtime for Hitler," members of the outraged audience start walking out. Then the Hitler character takes the stage, and people decide the play is a funny satire. Miraculously "Springtime for Hitler" is a huge success. But this hilarious cult comedy doesn't stop there. The rest of the story involves the IRS, tax fraud, prison time, and a happy ending.

The Producers dominated the 2001 Tony Awards, setting a record for most nominations-15-then setting the record again for most awards won with 12, including Best Musical, Score, Book, Director, and Actor (Nathan Lane), and all the musical design awards.

"I'm so proud of what we've accomplished in our first season at The Argyle Theatre," stated Evan Pappas. "And, we can't wait to close our inaugural season with that musical of musical, Mel Brooks' The Producers. We've assembled another smashing company and our audiences are in for a real treat. Join us and see what we are all about in Babylon!"

"We're thrilled to be closing out our inaugural season with the comedic brilliance of Mel Brooks' 'The Producers,'" shared Managing Partners Mark and Dylan Perlman.

The creative team for The Producers includes Set Design by Justin West, Costume Design by Heather Stanley, Lighting Design by Graham Kindred, Sound Design by David M. Lawson, Wig Designer Peter Fogel, and Props Designer Lily Ten Eyck. The Production Stage Manager is Will Chaloner with Stage Manager Joan Wyatt. The Casting Director is Michael Cassara.

NOW ON SALE, tickets for The Producers are priced from $45 - $79 and may be purchased online at www.argyletheatre.com or by calling (844) 631-5483.

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