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Mel Brook’s THE PRODUCERS at the Grand Opera House
The Grand Opera House 5th annual high school/college all-star musical production is Mel Brook' The Producers. This hysterical, tuneful romp sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor.
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes wrong: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is an insanely funny adventure.
Director Joe Klinebriel returns for his fourth summer show at the Grand with Musical Direction by Kristen Eby and choreography by Megan MacLeod. Leading the talented all-star ensemble of young performers is Austin Rea as Max Bialystock with Aaron Gonner is Leo Bloom. Both also had leading roles in Oliver this summer. Ulla, their beautiful secretary, is played by Maggie Schmitt.
Executive Director Paul Hemmer says, "The Produces is the perfect blend of traditional Broadway with contemporary comedy. It's as full of gags, gadgets and gimmicks as an old vaudevillian's trunk. With a wonderful cast, great costumes, exciting choreography and a big orchestra in the pit, how can you go wrong?"
Tickets for The Producers, which can be seen July 25-27 & 31 and Aug. 1-3, are: $22 advance for adults &$25 at the door; or $12 for those under 21. Tickets are available online at www.thegrandoperahouse.com, by phone at 563-588-1305 Monday-Friday from noon to 4 pm and 1 hour before show time, or in person at the Grand box office, 135 West 8th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.
The Grand offers FREE PARKING in the Iowa Street ramp.
The Producers is sponsored by Dupaco Community Credit Union, Cottingham & Butler, Fuerste, Carew & Juergens, LLC, Mel's Carpet Outlet, Steele Capital Management and US Bank.