January 23, 2007

Tony Award-winning 'The Producers' to come to Elliott Hall

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — "The Producers," the new Mel Brooks musical, will make its West Lafayette premiere when it comes to Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music for two 7:30 p.m. performances Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Purdue Convocations is presenting the show as part of the Lively Arts series.

Based on 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 is none other than the musical "Springtime for Hitler."

"The Producers" swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving a record-breaking 12 awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Brooks and Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (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).

Brooks is one of America's most established and acclaimed funnymen, said Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations' director of marketing. He began his career in 1951 as a television writer for Sid Caesar on "Your Show of Shows." In 1968 he wrote and directed his first feature film, "The Producers," starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay written directly for the screen. He went on to create a string of hit comedies, including "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "High Anxiety" (1977), "History of the World, Part I" (1981), "Spaceballs" (1987), "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993) and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995).

The creative team for "The Producers," 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; and John Mezzio, musical direction.

All designs are based on original direction and choreography by Stroman, and original designs by Wagner, sets; Long, costumes; Kaczorowski, lighting; Steve Kennedy, sound; Glen Kelly, musical arrangements and supervision; Patrick Brady, musical direction/vocal arrangements; and Besterman, orchestrations.

Tickets to "The Producers" are $20-48 for adults and $20-34 for children 18 and under, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets. This performance contains adult language.

"The Producers" is produced by NETworks Presentations.

Source: Kerry Schutt Nason, (765) 494-5045, knason@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photos from "The Producers" are available at https://www.purdue.edu/convos/producersimages.htm

Related Web sites:
Purdue Convocations: https://www.convocations.org

"The Producers," the new Mel Brooks musical: https://www.producersontour.com


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