Presented by Altitude Theatre – a new music theatre company spearheaded by Brisbane’s own Joseph Simons and Adam Gardnir, the smash hit musical The Producers – written by comedic genius Mel Brooks – will open at the Brisbane Powerhouse next March.
A mousy accountant teams up with a fading Broadway producer to devise a brilliant scam: to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, guaranteed to close on opening night. Winner of a record twelve Tony Awards, this outrageous, zany and hilarious musical is an equal opportunity offender, guaranteed to have Brisbane laughing out loud.
Joseph Simons, Artistic Director of Altitude Theatre and Director / Choreographer of The Producers believes this is the show that Brisbane wants right now. “Following the challenges of 2020 people are eager to get out and celebrate with each other, to laugh and to be entertained by astonishing artists, and that’s exactly what The Producers offers,” he said.
Leading the cast are some of Australia’s top musical theatre talent including Matt Young (A Chorus Line, West Side Story, On The Town) as Max Bialystock, Mark Hill (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, Michael Jackson History, Mary Poppins) as Leo Bloom, Rachael Ward (Chicago, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Ulla, and James Lee (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof) as Roger De Bris.
“The calibre of talent that we’ve been incredibly fortunate to assemble for this production is unparalleled. Brisbane is in for a real treat” said Adam Gardnir, Executive Director of Altitude Theatre. As on of the first musicals to be presented in Brisbane since COVID-19 caused the industry to shutdown, Gardnir is overwhelmingly excited. “We’re back!” he said, “and with such a fun show!”
The Producers will be directed and choreographed by Joseph Simons, with musically direction by Jacqui Devereux, set designs by Josh McIntosh and costumes designed by Madeleine Barlow. A big, brassy show that will fill the room with laughter and will fill your heart with joy!
Powerhouse Theatre – Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Season: 4 – 13 March 2021
For more information, visit: www.altitudetheatre.com for details.
Image: James Lee, Mark Hill, Rachael Ward and Matt Young to star in The Producers in 2021 (supplied)