The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical, makes its Long Beach premiere at the Terrace Theater.
Based on Mr. Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, The Producers is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than needed for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Their "sure-fire" theatrical fiasco? None other than the musical Springtime for Hitler.
The musical swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving the most awards in Broadway history, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (Mel Brooks), Best Scenic Design (Robin Wagner), Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long), Best Lighting Design (Peter Kaczorowski), Best Orchestrations (Doug Besterman), Best Choreography and Best Direction of A Musical (Susan Stroman).
The creative team is comprised of Nigel West (Direction), Leigh Constantine (Choreography); David Peterson (Scenic Adaptation); Jimm Halliday (Costume Coordinator); Paul Miller (Lighting Design); Shannon Slaton (Sound Design); Bernie Ardia (Hair and Makeup Design); John Mezzio (Musical Direction). All designs are based on original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman; and original designs by Robin Wagner (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting), Steve Kennedy (sound), Glen Kelly (musical arrangements and supervision), Patrick Brady (musical direction/vocal arrangements) and Doug Besterman (orchestrations).