HARRISBURG -- Southeastern Illinois College Theatre will present Mel Brooks' classic musical "The Producers" April 20-22 in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center.
"The Producers" is the hilarious story of a scheming producer, Max Bialystock (Alex McRoy of Harrisburg) and his mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (Jordan Richey of Benton) aiming to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in a laugh-out-loud musical based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy film. As a Broadway musical, "The Producers" set the standard for outrageous, in-your-face humor, winning a record 12 Tony Awards.
"The Producers" includes massive showstopping numbers including "The King of Broadway," "I Wanna Be a Producer," "When You Got It, Flaunt It," "Springtime for Hitler," and "Prisoners of Love."
"It's a very exciting and humbling experience to have the opportunity to play one of Nathan Lane's most iconic characters," McRoy said. "He has such a distinct style and way of acting that is so fun to get to replicate in my own way. Also, Mel Brooks is one of my favorite playwrights. His scripts are always over-the-top funny and lighthearted; audiences always love them, and I hope ours does too."
Additional roles include John Suh of Ziegler as Franz Liebkind; Braden Cummins of Carrier Mills as Roger DeBris; Carter Reed from Harrisburg as Carmen Ghia; Heidi Willis-Smith of Harrisburg as Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Tallen Hallen Svaden Swanson.
Taryn Herman, a former SIC student, took time out of her busy schedule to choreograph "The Producers." Formerly of Benton and currently living in Portsmouth, N.H., Herman has worked in many different the