‘The Producers,’ a Mel Brooks Musical, Coming to Bedell Performance Hall Jan. 30

Photo of the Producers cast on stage.

“The Producers,” a Mel Brooks musical, swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving the most Awards in Broadway history.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan 2, 2008 — The Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts proudly presents “The Producers,” a Mel Brooks musical, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

Based on Brooks’ Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, “The Producers,” a Mel Brooks musical, 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 was none other than the musical “Springtime for Hitler.”

“The Producers,” a Mel Brooks musical, swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving the most Awards in Broadway history.  Those Tony Awards included 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 Producers,” a Mel Brooks musical, is produced by NETworks Presentations. Founded in 1995, NETworks has produced and managed tours in the United States and abroad, including: Cameron Mackintosh’s “Oliver”; “Cinderella,” starring Eartha Kitt; “Show Boat”; “Ragtime”; “The Civil War”; “Jekyll & Hyde”; “Seussical the Musical”, Cameron Mackintosh and The National Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma”; “Fosse;” “Rent;” “The King and I;” “The Sound of Music”; “Cabaret”; “Swan Lake”; and “Little Women” – The Broadway Musical starring Maureen McGovern. Current productions include “Annie,” the 30th Anniversary tour directed by Martin Charnin, “The Producers”; “Rent”; “The Light in the Piazza”; “Metal Messiah”; and “Sweet Charity” starring Molly Ringwald. Future productions include Cameron Mackintosh and The National Theatre’s production of “My Fair Lady” and “The Pajama Game.”

Tickets will be available for purchase

Jan. 7 by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain Street, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.metrotix.com, keyword “producers” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.