What better way for the Hills Musical Company to celebrate their 40th Anniversary presenting successful musicals, than banking on a sure-fire failure? The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! From April 26th, renowned Adelaide community theatre group the Hills Musical Company will mark their impressive 40th Anniversary milestone by presenting The Producers – an hilarious tale of unwarranted (or is that unwanted) success.
Originally adapted for the stage by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (from the 1968 film of the same name), The Producers hit Broadway stages in 2001. The premiere was followed quickly by acclaim in the West End and various tours worldwide as well as the highly successful film recreation in 2005. The many recognisable musical numbers and the Hills upbeat staging will have the audience toe- tapping and humming along to hits such as ‘I Wanna Be a Producer’, ‘Keep it Gay’ and the incomparable ‘Springtime for Hitler’.
Leading the production team for this milestone production is Director Steve Rudd (Leader of the Pack, Sweeney Todd (AD)) supported by Musical Director Tammy Papps (Bat Boy, Pirates of Penzance) and Choreographer Shenayde Wilkinson-Sarti (Altar Boyz, City of Angels). Rudd says of the current Hills production; “With a Mel Brooks script and score plus a cast that oozes talent into every facet of musical theatre, it’s a delight to present this ridiculously funny and much loved show at the Hills for their 40th Anniversary Year.”
At the core of this absurdly hilarious adventure is an emotional tale of two very different men who become friends in the most unlikely circumstances. Starring local musical theatre favourites Jamie Richards as Max Bialystock and Omkar Nagesh as Leo Bloom, there is bound to be laughter aplenty. So head for the Hills as they celebrate their 40th anniversary show from April 26th and join these feckless Producers as they try to find a show (guaranteed to fail), hire a (terrible) director, raise money (from grannies) and eventually get what’s coming to them!
Hills Musical Company
April 26th, 27th, May 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th 11th @ 8pm
Sunday May 5th @ 2pm
Stirling Community Theatre (Avenue Rd, Stirling, SA, 5152) www.hillsmusical.org.au
Tickets available via the HMC website at www.hillsmusical.org.au/book-tickets/