Saturday, 8 September 2018
"The Producers", Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto, ON
This evening Gord and I saw The Producers. We saw the Mirvish production many years ago and I've seen the 2005 movie with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick so I knew the story.
The Tony-winning musical based on the Oscar-winning movie! An explosion of pure comedic lunacy from the twisted mind of Mel Brooks! When down-and-out producer Max Bialystock learns it's possible to make more money from a flop than a hit, he sets out to make the worst show possible:
“SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER”
Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful, due largely in part to the unexpected and comedic antics of the main actor! With extravagant costumes, large dance numbers, and spectacle after spectacle, this show is one of the largest, most audacious, and knee-slappingly funniest musicals of all time!
It is playing this month at the Lower Ossington Theatre, which is in our 'hood. We've seen a few plays there over the years and haven't seen a bad production there. The Lower Ossington Theatre is a small intimate theatre (maybe 200 seats) and a great place to see a play or musical.
This is a fabulous production! Benjamin Todd and Hugh Ritchie are excellent as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom. Mitchell Court and Ryan Gordon Taylor are fun and campy as Roger and Carmen. All the other actors had different roles and they moved in and out of them really well. Despite it being a smaller theatre, this seemed like a big-theatre production. As a head's up, there is swearing.
It's there until the middle of November ... I highly recommend that you check it out!