"The Producers" at Third Wall Productions

I wanna be a producer… of a great big Broadway flop!

I have never seen The Producers, or even heard any of the music, so I was looking forward to learning a new show when I went to Third Wall for another theatre photography adventure.

From Wikipedia: “The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks's 1967 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and N*zis, and many show business in-jokes.

After 33 previews, the original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre on April 19, 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and ran for 2,502 performances, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. It spawned a successful London production running for just over two years, national tours in the US and UK, many productions worldwide and a 2005 film version.”

 
B. Thomas Rinaldi (L) as Max Bialystock and Henry Cyr (R) as Leo Bloom

B. Thomas Rinaldi (L) as Max Bialystock and Henry Cyr (R) as Leo Bloom

 

So, one thing I did know about the show going in, was that the “show within the show” was called “Springtime for Hitler”. It’s designed to be a horrible play! I of course, feel odd uploading photos with N*zi imagery. The play, The Producers, is a satire; no one at Third Wall Productions (or myself) actually supports N*zi ideologies. “Springtime for Hitler” is a big joke!

Henry Cyr (C) and some of the ensemble of  The Producers

Henry Cyr (C) and some of the ensemble of The Producers

B. Thomas Rinaldi (L), Henry Cyr (C), and Clare Kneebone (R)

B. Thomas Rinaldi (L), Henry Cyr (C), and Clare Kneebone (R)

I’ve been photographing Third Wall Productions’ shows for many years now. I always love coming out to see their shows. It’s always a fun challenge to photograph all the action of live theatre. If you’re in town, and don’t mind some darker humor, I suggest you check it out! You can buy tickets here.

 
Henry Cyr as Leo Bloom and Clare Kneebone as Ulla

Henry Cyr as Leo Bloom and Clare Kneebone as Ulla

 
 
Wesley Kenyon (L), Henry Cyr (C), Max Wolf (R), and J Purnell Hargrove (B)

Wesley Kenyon (L), Henry Cyr (C), Max Wolf (R), and J Purnell Hargrove (B)

 
 
J Purnell Hargrove (C) and the cast of  The Producers

J Purnell Hargrove (C) and the cast of The Producers

 
 
B. Thomas Rinaldi as Max Bialystock & Henry Cyr as Leo Bloom

B. Thomas Rinaldi as Max Bialystock & Henry Cyr as Leo Bloom

 

The Producers Team

Director: Amy Haynes Rapniki

Music Director: Patty DeLisle

Choreographer: Jillian Arnold

Costumes: Jenifer Grundy Hollett

Set Design: Atticus Cooper Boidy

Lighting: Jim Shomo

And many more!

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See the complete gallery for The Producers here!