FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Boiler Room Theatre is getting ready to stage Mel Brooks’ The Producers featuring a classic score that audiences will be singing out the door. The production will run from this Friday (Oct. 18) through Nov. 16 at the troupe’s namesake venue in the historic Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Rd., Bldg. Six).
Based on the hit 1968 film of the same name, this Mel Brooks masterpiece won more Tony Awards than any other musical, including Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical. It chronicles the hilarious adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Ryan Leyhue) and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom (Tyler Evick) as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of showbiz. They think they’ve found their play in “Springtime for Hitler”– but anything can happen when the lights go up on Broadway!
Patrick Kramer, who last directed at BRT when he helmed the critically acclaimed Urinetown in 2007, is putting his director hat back on for this mounting of The Producers. “You can always count on Mel Brooks to give us tap-dancing storm troopers, gorgeous showgirls, and a ton of little old ladies all on the same stage,” Kramer says. “This is a show that will make you laugh so hard you may need to check your undies. It’ll insult your every sensibility and you will love every insulting moment.”
The Producers is 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 Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks, The Producers, complete with big production numbers, has had theater audiences laughing out loud since 2001.
In addition to Leyhue and Evick, The Producers features Catherine Birdsong as the lovely Ulla, and Chad Webb as the flamboyant Roger DeBris. Two newcomers to the Boiler Room stage include Andy Riggs as Franz Liebkind and Chase Miller in the outlandish role of Carmen Ghia. The cast also includes Corrie Miller, Julia Nettles, Kathryn Clubb, Stephanie Brooks, Andrea Howat, Brooke Mihalek, Cary Foust Street, Justin Boyd, Christopher Anderson, Dan Zeigler, Tyler Henry, Grant Vanosdall, and Anthony Just. Boiler Room’s production of The Producers has musical direction by Artistic Director Jamey Green and choreography by Kate Adams. Costume designer Cat Arnold has also joined the production team to produce the fabulous, intricate and very specific costumes this show demands.
Performances are every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening during the run at 8 p.m. There will also be a discount Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 and a “Thrifty Thursday” show at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7. Regular ticket prices are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors (age 60 and up) and students (age 13 through college with valid ID), and $21 for children ages 3 through 12. Matinee prices are $2 less respectively. Thrifty Thursday prices are $17 each. All Tuesday shows are two-for-one ($27 for two tickets; no other discounts apply). Tickets may be purchased by calling the Boiler Room Theatre at (615) 794-7744 or online at www.boilerroomtheatre.com.