In ‘The Producers,’ the former ‘King of Broadway’ Max Bialystock and his accountant Leo Bloom cook up a get rich scheme of defrauding investors by coming up with a guaranteed of flop of a show. But their best laid plans go horribly astray when ‘Springtime for Hitler’ unexpectedly wins over audiences big time.
‘The Producers,’ the Broadway blockbuster hit musical about a ‘show within a show’ opened at the John W. Engeman Theater this week and tickets are literally flying out of the box office and with good reason. The theater has pulled out all the stops in mounting the production which resonates with the off-beat humor of Mel Brooks. Director Igor Goldin was previously at the helm for outstanding Engeman productions including ‘Evita,’ ‘The Music Man,’ ‘Twelve Angry Men’ and ‘South Pacific.’ The very talented Antoinette DiPietropolo, who previously choreographed two of my all-time favorites, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Nunsense’ will be working her magic. James Olmstead, who served as musical director for ‘A Chorus Line,’ as well as ‘Evita’ and ‘South Pacific’ will be doing what he loves and does best: directing the band and playing the keyboard/piano.
The cast is also sensational. Stuart Zagnit, who plays Max Bialystock, boasts many Broadway credits, including “Newsies,” and is the veteran of many National Tours. He has appeared on television in 3D Rock and Law & Order. Leo Bloom is played by Neil Newsome, who appeared in ‘The Producers’ on Broadway and in the musical’s second national tour. Many may remember the very versatile Gina Milo, who stars as the blonde bombshell Ulla, from her performances in “A Christmas Story” and “Plaza Suite.”
The Producers runs through July 12. The Engeman Theater is located at 250 Main St., Northport Village. Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office, by calling (631) 261-2900 or by visiting www.engemantheater.com.