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|Empresario's presents 'The Producers'|
It's won more Tony awards than any other Broadway play in history, and it was a smash-hit movie musical in 2006.
Those were just a couple of the reasons Impresario's Choice decided to bring "The Producers" to the Monroe Civic Center for a March 7 performance.
"We were very excited to bring such a popular, well-known show to our audience," said Impresario's Choice artistic director Raymond Poliquit. "Our audience can expect a high quality, top-notch show Friday night."
"The Producers" is the story of a young bookkeeper who concocts a scheme with a washed up producer to swindle investors by staging the worst play in Broadway history. When the play is a riotous success, chaos ensues.
Until the late 1990s, "The Producers" was best known as comic Mel Brooks's first film. By 2001, real-life Broadway producer David Geffen had concocted a scheme of his own.
"The Producers" opened that year to rave reviews. Starring well-known stage and film actors Matthew Broderick as Leo Blume and Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock, the stage version of the film would go on to win a record 13 Tony Awards, the Broadway equivalent of the Oscar.
Among the honors, Lane took home the Tony for Best Actor and Geffen collected the trophy for Best Musical.
Shortly thereafter, the second film version began production starring many of the members of the original Broadway cast, including Broderick and Lane.
The Impresario's Choice presentation of "The Producers" is produced by NETworks Entertainment, which also handles national tours for "Annie," "Rent" and "Hairspray."
Impresario's Choice executive director Ezekial Moore said ticket sales have been "brisk" and are on target to reach their goal. He said tickets are still available for those wanting to attend.
Moore cautioned those who might want to attend that the show was not suitable for small children but would be acceptable for teens and adults of all ages.
Tickets for the Impresario's Choice production of "The Producers" are available by calling the Monroe Civic Center Box Office at (318) 329-2338. Prices vary by seating.
Impresario's Choice will next present the final two shows of its 10th Anniversary Season in April.
On Sunday, April 20, dance sensation Michael Flatley's "The Lord of the Dance" will take the stage. The following Friday, April 25, Impresario's Choice will present the final show of the 10th season, "Forever Tango".
Moore said organizers are hard at work on an 11th season but said it's still too early to announce shows, as no contracts have been signed.
"There will be another season, but we don't know what it will have on it just yet," Moore said. "We do have a pretty good idea, though."