Theatre Tulsa Announces Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS For April

Theatre Tulsa has announced that the final "Broadway Series" production of its 95th season will be "The Producers."

Based on Mel Brooks' classic film, this hysterically funny musical adaptation follows two theatrical producers who create a scheme to make more money with a flop than a hit. The result is a Broadway musical production of "Springtime for Hitler," which is so over-the-top in bad taste that audiences assume it's a satirical comedy and turn it into a blockbuster hit.

The musical version of "The Producers" was adapted by Mel Brooks himself, along with Thomas Meehan, with lyrics written by Brooks, plus music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman.

The original Broadway production opened in 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. It ran for more than 2,500 performances and won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. It spawned a successful London production, national tours in the US and UK, many additional productions worldwide and a 2005 film version.

"The original version of 'The Producers' is considered one of the greatest American film comedies, and the musical adaptation was a massive creative and critical success on Broadway," said Jarrod Kopp, Executive Director of Theatre Tulsa and director of this production. "Between Mel Brooks' brilliant script and our top-quality cast, we plan to bring the same level of hilarity to Tulsa."

The cast features Mark Frie as Max Bialystock, Travis Guillory as Leo Bloom, Kaye Brownlee-France as Ulla, Sean Patrick Rooney as Franz Liebkind and Jeremy Stevens as Roger DeBris.

Other featured cast members are: Pete Brennan as Carmen Ghia, David Moreland as Lead Stormtrooper and Rebecca Ungerman as Shirley Markowitz.

The ensemble cast includes Tomas Aponte, Jacob Brockunier, Kolby Caldwell, Andrea Collins, Mason Combes, Troy Cope, Ryan Devlin, Kia Dorsey, Kristin Fisher, Faith Fizer, Fletcher Gross, Dustin Harmon, Taylor Herndon, Marissa Hess, Dallas Johnston, Nan Kemp, Todd Malicoate, Alton Markham, Lucia McFarland, Angie Mitchell, Emma Petherick, Lindsay Powell, Audie Pritchitt, Laura Reeder, Sam Robson, Toni Ross, Natalia Rossi, Veronica Smith, Scott Taylor, Kimberly Wall, Christine Williams and Cathy Woods.

Performances will be April 13-21 in the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa PAC. Evening showtimes on April 13-14 and 19-21 are at 8 p.m. The April 14, 15 and 21 matinees will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7111.

For questions or more information about Theatre Tulsa and its upcoming shows and programs, visit theatretulsa.org, call 918-587-8402 or email info@theatretulsa.org

About Theatre Tulsa
Theatre Tulsa is the Tulsa area's leading non-profit civic theatre, providing professional-level productions and artistic experience to local audiences and performers.

Since 1922, Theatre Tulsa has been a part of the culture of Tulsa. Theatre Tulsa has entertained the community through the Depression, World War II and the disaster of two fires.

Theatre Tulsa has been responsible for bringing hundreds of productions to Tulsans. It premiered the first-ever community theatre productions of "Our Town" (1939), "All My Sons" (1947), the musical "Brownstone" (1985), "Miracle on 34th Street: A Musical Adaptation" (1993 - an original musical written for Theatre Tulsa), "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" (2003) and the first American production of "Pitmen Painters" (2011).

Theatre Tulsa received the city's first Tulsa Award for Theatre Excellence (TATE) for its production of "Up the Down Staircase" in 2009. The company recently received additional TATE awards for Outstanding Play in 2013 for its production of "Boeing-Boeing" and a collaborative youth production of "Hamlet," its 2014 production of "Clybourne Park," its 2015 production of "The 39 Steps" and its 2016 productions of "Don't Dress for Dinner" and "Glengarry Glen Ross."

Theatre Tulsa was named "Oklahoma's Community Theatre of the Year" by the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association in 2011, and received its OCTAVision award in 2013. Theatre Tulsa received the national Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award by the American Association of Community Theatres in 2015. The theatre company received a Governor's Arts Award from the Oklahoma Arts Council in 2016. Visit www.theatretulsa.org for more information.

Theatre Tulsa is sponsored by generous grants from the Shubert Foundation and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

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