GUMS to stage The Producers at Black Box

'Der F├╝hrer does not say, 'Achtung, baby''

John Rice (Leo Bloom) and Shane McCormick (Max Bialystock) in GUMS staging of The Producers.

John Rice (Leo Bloom) and Shane McCormick (Max Bialystock) in GUMS staging of The Producers.

"SPRINGTIME FOR Hitler, a gay romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden...Wow!". "How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?"

The Producers, the brilliant, inspired, genius musical by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, a glorious farce and satire of Nazism and extremism ("One and one's two/ Two and two's four/ I feel so bad 'cause I'm losin' the war!"; "Der Führer does not say, "Achtung, baby'" ), is this year's production by Galway University Musical Society.

When former king of Broadway, Max Bialystock, produces a string of shows that close on opening night, an unlikely alliance with a neurotic accountant, Leo Bloom, leads to an ingenious scheme: raise more money than necessary, create a sure-fire flop, take the money, and run! They meet a former Nazi who has written a play eulogising Hitler ("This play's guaranteed to close on PAGE FOUR!" ). What happens next takes everyone by surprise.

The Producers runs at the Black Box Theatre from Tuesday February 6 to Saturday 10 at 8pm. Tickets are from the Town Hall (091 - 569777, www.tht.ie ) and the Socs Box, NUI Galway (091 - 492852, www.nuigstudents.ie/theproducers ).

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