Youths turn to Producers

Young talent will be taking to the stage with a production this weekend.

Thursday, 5th May 2016, 6:50 am
The Producers by Berwick Maltings Youth Theatre

The Maltings Youth Theatre will be joined by some old favourites for the comedy musical The Producers, which is set to be outrageous and hilarious.

The story follows Max Bialystock, a down on his luck Broadway producer, who recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to produce the biggest flop in history and run away with millions.

There promises to be much laughter as together they sing and dance their way through the greatest show biz scam ever.

The Producers is adapted from Mel Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name. It ran for more than 2,500 performances on Broadway, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, ran in London for just over two years, toured the world, and was re-made as a hit film in 2005, starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Uma Thurman.

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Production director Wendy Payn said: “This has to be one of my favourite musicals. As anyone who has seen Here Come the Girls will know, I Wanna Be A Producer has become something of a theme tune for ‘the boys’ and so they should all know the words for that number at least.

“This show sees the welcome return of some past Youth Theatre members. Sammy Reed plays Franz Liebkind, a crazy German with a pigeon coup, and Mark Vevers is Max Bialystock, the famous Broadway producer, down on his luck, but never downhearted. The songs are fantastic and once again we have had the talents of Nancy Steele helping our Stormtroopers tap their way to victory.”

The group’s Leo Bloom (Ross Graham) said: “I have always wanted to do this show, and if you know The Producers then you know how funny it is. The rehearsals have been hilarious, it’s going to be hard to keep a straight face at some points.”

Tickets cost £14, £12 concs, available from 01289 330999 and at www.maltingsberwick.co.uk