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‘Producers’ antics generate laughs

Mel Brooks’ hit Broadway musical “The Producers”opens this week at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom.

“The Producers” sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record 12 Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.

The plot is simple: A down-on-his luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry, the show is a smash hit!

The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. “The Producers” skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender.”

Sutter Street Theatre’s production will be directed and choreographed by Connie Mockenhaupt with musical direction by Chris Schlagel.

“The Producers” opens Friday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St in Folsom, with a reception following the performance. It continues on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through Sept. 9. Tickets are $23 general, $21 seniors, $18 students with an ID Card. Group rates are available. Recommended for PG-13.

Reservations can be made by calling (916) 353-1001 or online at SutterStreetTheatre.com.

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