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A gay romp with Hitler: The Producers come to Kingston
If making fun of the Nazis, singing, and conning investors out of their money sounds like your idea of fun, this is the show for you.
With risqué musical showstoppers such as “Springtime for Hitler” and “Keep it Gay”, sizzling showgirl numbers, and even an army of dancing old ladies, Mel Brooks’ classic The Producers is fun for all the older members of the family.
Follow down-on-his-luck producer Max and nerdy accountant Leo as they attempt to put on the worst show on Broadway, and make off with a million bucks of sponsors’ cash apiece, in this musical adaptation.
On the way they recruit a fascist pigeon-fancier and an incompetent theatre director, and think they have it made.
But who produces The Producers?
Producer Sophie Barthel, from the Wimbledon-based Mayhem Musical Theatre Company, says rehearsals are going “fantastically well”.
She says: “Everybody’s really excited about doing the show because it’s such a big undertaking.
“It’s a lot of energy to get it perfect and get it right.
“The male leads are absolutely fantastic at the comedy.”
The cast of 30, plus a live band of 15, have been working their socks off for two months and have another three weeks to go.
Barthel says: “We’re going to have quite a big set coming in. A lot of it is actually our own design and our own build of it.”
And she says having a band instead of a recorded soundtrack “makes a massive difference”.
She adds: “I think my favourite [tune] at the moment would be “Keep it Gay” because it’s just so over the top.”
Choreographer Zoe Swenson-Graham says: “The show has it all, a superb cast, sensational songs and even tap dancing stormtroopers.”
And director Tim Sullivan adds: “We can barely get through rehearsals without cracking up.”
The Producers; Arthur Cotterell Theatre, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston
October 30 – November 2
£15.50; packages available
Call 01753 840495 or visit website