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'The Producers' at Canyon Theatre Guild

Winner of 12 Tony Awards plays Newhall venue for next five weekends

Posted: May 27, 2010 3:48 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2010 6:08 a.m.

Joe Miele as Max Bialystock, left, and David Kenny as Leo Bloom in "The Producers."

 

One of the funniest shows ever to hit Broadway, Mel Brooks' "The Producers" comes to the Canyon Theatre Guild on May 29 for a five-weekend run. "The Producers" is the winner of a record 12 Tony Awards.

Broke and down on his luck, Broadway producer Max Bialystock convinces his neurotic and petrified accountant, Leo Bloom, to be part of a scheme to produce a theatrical musical flop in order to bilk their little old lady financial backers out of millions of dollars. When their planned bomb explodes into Broadway success, they have to go even further over the top in an effort to stay out of hot water.

Based on the 1968 film of the same name, the humor of the show is accessible to a wide range of audiences, and draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures and lots of show business-related "schtick" as Bialystock and Bloom try to find the worst play ever written, hire the worst director in town, hire the worst actors in New York, open the show on Broadway and close it the next day, pocketing the $2 million investment and going to Rio.

"The Producers" has 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays through June 27. Tickets are $15-$17 for adults, and $12 - $15 for juniors (under 18) and seniors (over 62). The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main St., in Old Town Newhall. For reservations, call the box office at (661) 799-2702.

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