‘The Producers’ opens in Ashtabula

The G.B. Community Theatre will stage the Tony Award-winning musical “The Producers” for a three-weekend run beginning Friday.

The Mel Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical is based on Brooks’ 1967 film about floundering producer Max Bialystock (played by Chris Nappi) and his mousy accountant Leo Bloom (Max Seymour) who come up with a get-rich quick scheme to fleece investors by creating a show that’s guaranteed to flop. However, when “Springtime for Hitler” ends up being a smash hit, the duo is in greater financial trouble than they ever imagined.

The musical ran for six years on Broadway and won 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The G.B. Community Theatre production is directed by Christy Seymour, who said, “What I’ve enjoyed the most is how each actor really understands their character and puts their own hat on Mel Brooks’ genius. And I love the big numbers — the choreography, the staging, the costumes — they’re spectacles.”

This show contains strong language and adult humor.

“The Producers” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 28 at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, students and military and $11 for children ages 12 and younger if purchased in advance online at ashtabulaartscenter.org or by calling 440-964-3396. Tickets are $17, $15 and $13 if purchased at the door.

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