In a turnabout from its previous musical that offered the relatively sober Carousel, Olney Theatre Center, in the midst of its 77th season, is currently mounting the gregarious, laugh-a-minute production of The Producers. It is clear from the get-go why this musical captured a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards in 2001 and spawned numerous other productions worldwide as well a successful film in 2005. The hilarity, high-jinx and gags keep the audience laughing throughout with never a dull moment to be had.
Mel Books and Thomas Meehan adapted the musical from the 1968 movie with the same name. The music and lyrics were composed and written by Mr. Brooks who turned 89 the day following the opening night performance at Olney. His comedic genius along with Mr. Meehan’s assistance on the book is stamped on every line, every lyric, and every movement.