WVPT's Producers, with Jones, Evans, Colgan and Doyle, Begins July 29

News   WVPT's Producers, with Jones, Evans, Colgan and Doyle, Begins July 29
The West Virginia Public Theatre's final production of its summer season, the Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks musical The Producers, begins performances July 29.

Directed by Michael Licata and choreographed by Laura West-Strawser, the musical comedy will play through Aug. 3.

The cast features Robert Anthony Jones as Max Bialystock, Scott Evans as Leo Bloom, Casey Colgan as Roger DeBris, Kami Seymour as Ulla and Sean Patrick Doyle as Carmen Ghia.

The Producers features a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. The musical, according to press notes, "chronicles the hilarious adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of showbiz. What they don't know is that after all their hard work, the musical ends up being a smash hit!" Song titles include "I Wanna Be a Producer," "When You Got It, Flaunt It," "Springtime for Hitler" and "Prisoners of Love."

The Producers played 33 previews and 2,502 regular performances at Broadway's St. James Theatre March 2001-April 2007. The original cast boasted Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Roger Bart, Gary Beach and Cady Huffman. The musical won 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

For tickets call (304) 291-4122 or visit the WVPT box office in the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. For more information go to www.wvpublictheatre.com.

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