Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents The Producers

Cabrillo Music Theatre is getting ready to flaunt a brand-new production of the madcap Mel Brooks musical, The Producers, opening April 8 and continuing through April 17 at the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Based on the classic film of the same name, which won Mel Brooks an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, The Producers went to Broadway with a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and new songs by Brooks himself. The show nabbed a whopping 12 Tony Awards on Broadway, followed by a long New York run, National Tours, and a new movie based on the show.

The Producers tells the story of two down-on-their-luck producers who decide to make a financial killing by putting on the world’s worst musical – a show guaranteed to flop! Along the way, they encounter a flamboyant director, an author with a passion for the Third Reich, and a smorgasbord of colorful characters that could only spring from the mind of Mel Brooks. Songs include the classic from the movie, “Springtime for Hitler,” plus new songs such as “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It,” “Keep It Gay,” and “The King of Old Broadway.”

Steven Glaudini directs an all-star Producers cast, led by Michael Kostroff and Larry Raben as Bialystock & Bloom, along with David Engel as Roger de Bris and Sarah Cornell as Ulla. They are joined by a cast of 22 and the 17-piece Cabrillo Music Theatre Orchestra.

Darryl Archibald serves as musical director and conductor, Matthew Vargo provides the choreography and the production will be overseen by Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Artistic Director, Lewis Wilkenfeld.

Due to some language and mature subject matter, The Producers is recommended for audiences 13 and up. For tickets and more information go to

Photo by Ambrose Martin/Courtesy of Musical Theatre West

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