Arts & Culture

IN THE SPOTLIGHT | 'The Producers'

Presented by: Gulfport Little Theatre

Where: 2600 13th Ave., Gulfport

Show times/dates: 7 p.m. April 8-9, 2 p.m. April 10; 7 p.m. April 15-16, 2 p.m. April 17

Director: Cal Walters

Music director: Cherie Cruso

Stage managers: Penny Montgomery, Eleanor Johnson

Costumes: Josette's and Tricia Allen

Starring: Jay Lynn, Jim Rux, Matt Mavar, David Reeves, Kenny Givens, Kimberly Hess, Molly Grant, Keith Pederson, Geoffrey White, Greg Faul, Bobby Lewis, Susan Smith, Katie Lynn, Skylar Mavar, Richard Sprately, Tina Johnston, Lynda Conwell, Sarah Bartos, Abbey Coleman, April Bryant, Olivia Ruiz, Stephen Montgomery, Dennis Dauphin, Harold Gibson and Brook Murphy

Synopsis: Mel Brooks' musical "The Producers" is the winner of 12 Tony Awards and sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Brooks and Thomas Meehan ("Annie") and music and lyrics by Brooks, "The Producers" skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender." The plot is simple: A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: The show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

Tickets: Adults, $15; seniors and military, $12; students and children, $10

Reservations/details: Reservations recommended. Box office at 864-7983 or online at

Note: Due to content and language, parental discretion is advised.