The new staging of the Tony Award-winning smash, under the direction of Marc Robin, who also choreographs, opens May 20. Performances play to July 19 on the Walnut Mainstage.
The Producers (a record-setting Tony Award winner in 2001) is based on the 1968 film comedy classic of the same name. In it, down-and-out producer Max Bialystock and his nebbish accountant, Leo Bloom, concoct a seemingly fool-proof plan to get rich quick by putting on the biggest flop Broadway has ever seen.
Lipitz has spent the past few years touring the country with Disney's The Lion King as Pumbaa and has appeared in Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Art; Dibble played Corny Collins in Walnut's Hairspray and was in Arden Theatre's A Year With Frog and Toad; Bodnar returns to the Walnut after playing Grace in Annie and Annie Warbucks.
The cast of The Producers also features Jeffrey Coon (Franz Liebkind), Jeremy Webb (Roger De Bris), Robert McClure (Carmen Ghia), Sharon Alexander, Joe Jackson, Christopher Shin, Fran Prisco, Joey Abramowicz, Maggie Anderson, Sean Bell, Shavey Brown, Kelley Faulkner, Regan Kays, Stanley Martin, Katrina Newman, Kerri Rose, Megan Schmidt, Ryan James, Erica Sweany, James Tabeek and Jesse Wildman. Marc Robin is artistic director of the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA.
The production staff for The Producers includes Walnut musical director Douglass G. Lutz, scenic designer Robert Andrew Kovach, lighting designer Paul Black, costume designer Colleen Grady and Walnut sound designer Nick Kourtides. Stage Managers are Debi Marcucci and Lori Aghazarian.
Tickets range from $10-$70 and are available online at walnutstreettheatre.org or Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available by phone at (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787.
The Producers is the final show in what's billed as the Walnut's 200th season.
Walnut Street Theatre is located at 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.