The Producers

When: April 15-18, 7:30 p.m., Sun., April 19, 3 p.m., April 23-25, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., April 26, 3 p.m. 2009

Any Broadway show that can make Hitler funny is sure to be a hit ... right? Charleston Stage presents the first local production of Mel Brooks’ zany musical The Producers, which opens next Wednesday with a pay-what-you-can night. Originally written for the Broadway stage, rejected, then made into a 1968 movie (starring Zero Mostell and Gene Wilder), over 30 years later The Producers realized its original intentions when it took Broadway by storm. Starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, the show set box office records and won an unprecedented 12 Tonys. See, Hitler can be funny. The Producers follows struggling Broadway producer Max Bialystock and timid accountant Leo Bloom, as they try to pull off an outrageous financial scam. “I can’t think of a better show to present during these challenging financial times,” says Julian Wiles, Charleston Stage’s founding artistic director. “I mean, with its financial shenanigans and offbeat Mel Brooks humor, The Producers is a perfect antidote to the evening news.” Jose Simbulan serves as Charleston Stage’s musical director for the show — he played with the national tour, and we hear he brought some great insight to the production. With over a dozen sets, 150 costumes, and choreography from Michael Lasris and Sarah Claire Smith, it should be a fitting finale to another successful season from Charleston Stage.

Erica Jackson

Price: $41/adults, $39/seniors, and $15/students, $10/bargain seats

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