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PR: The Producers – the Funniest Musical in the Universe Opens Nov. 15

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Repertory Philippines' The ProducersThe Producers – the Funniest Musical in the Universe Opens Nov. 15. Celebrating its 46th year, Repertory Philippines announces its last production for its 76th theater season. The Producers is the biggest hit in Broadway history. It will be staged at Onstage Greenbelt 1 in Makati at 8pm. The musical, which was based on the 1968 Mel Brooks movie of the same name, was written by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with songs arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman.

The Producers Main Cast With an unprecedented, record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, the story of The Producers tells the story of two theatrical producers, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, who hatched a scam to stage the worst Broadway musical they can find, so that they can get rich from investors and then pocket the money when the show flops. After finding the script “Springtime for Hitler” by crazed Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, they bring on board Roger DeBris, Carmen Ghia as well as their sexpot secretary, Ulla. Their scheme falls apart, however, when “Springtime for Hitler” becomes a smash hit instead.

The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, homosexual stereotypes, and Nazis, along with many show business in-jokes. It is a satirical comedy that can be appreciated by both insiders and outsiders of the theatre industry. The original Broadway production, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, opened at the St. James Theatre on April 19, 2001 and ran for 2,502 performances. It spawned a successful London production running for just over two years, US national tours, many productions worldwide, and a 2005 film version.

Directed by Jaime del Mundo, the Manila premier of The Producers features top caliber actors Carlo Orosa and Robie Zialcita alternating as Max Bialystock, the beleaguered producer facing bankruptcy, who woos little old ladies into backing his shows. Topper Fabregas takes on the role of Leopold “Leo” Bloom, a cowardly and infantile hapless accountant who first has the idea to produce a flop on purpose. Media icon G Tongi will tackle the role of Ulla, a blonde Swedish bombshell who auditions for the show and becomes Max and Leo’s secretary/receptionist.

Actor-director Joel Trinidad plays Franz Liebkind, a former Nazi whose play is chosen by Max and Leo as a definite flop. Stage and screen veteran NOEL TRINIDAD (Joel’s father) takes on the role of Roger De Bris, the flamboyant  homosexual cross-dresser chosen to direct the show. He will be alternating with role of Roger with one of the icons of Philippine musical theater Audie Gemora. Versatile actor Noel Rayos will take the role of Carmen Ghia, Roger’s  “common law assistant.” The ensemble is composed of  Nelsito Gomez, Steven Conde, Tristan Cheng, Jay Pangilinan, Chino Veguillas, Leroy de Guzman, Natalie Everett, Daff Abear, Liesl Batucan, Micaela Pineda, Shalee Vicencio, and Gemini Quintos.

The artistic and creative team of  THE PRODUCERS is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Jaime del Mundo (Director), Onyl Torres (Musical Director), Mio Infante (Set Designer), Natalie Everett (Choreographer), and John Batalla (Lighting Designer). The production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Goldie T. Soon (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist). The marketing, sales and publicity team is led by David Bianco (Marketing Director), Toots Tolentino (PR Director), Oliver Usison (Marketing Assistant),  Marie Talay (Cashier),  Rose Silva (Sales Supervisor), John Alaras (Design Director), Jojo Mamangun (Photographer), and Lightshapers/ Repertory Philippines (Video Production).

Co-presented by the City of Makati, The Producers is full of irreverent humor, silly gags, outlandish characters, and, of course, show-stopping musical numbers. The show runs from November 15 to December 15, 2013. All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City. Repertory Philippines is now accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships. For details of the show, please contact 571-6926 and 571-4941 or email [email protected]. Visit Rep’s website  http://www.repertoryphilippines.com.

There’s no stopping The Producers – the funniest musical in the universe. Please note that the musical may not be suitable for children under the age of ten. Children under the age of four are not permitted. Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/. Connect to Repertory Philippines online through the following social media networks on Facebook: www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines, Twitter: www.twitter.com/repphils, Instagram: www.instagram.com/repphils and YouTube: www.youtube.com/repphils.


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