Based on Mel Brooks’ Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, Brooks’ musical is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than needed for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Their “sure-fire” theatrical fiasco? The musical Springtime for Hitler. The New York Times raves, “The Producers is a blissful spectacle that will leave you delirious!”
The Producers has a Tony Award-winning book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman.
• The Phoenix Theatre will hold the Midwest premiere of Running With Scissors Jan. 6-30, which was recently produced as a reading by the Phoenix at the National Showcase of New Plays, sponsored by the National New Play Network, in Chicago in July of 2004.
Running with Scissors is a romantic comedy about Charlie Cox (Charles Goad), who’s just trying to get by. When diagnosed with a surprising illness, he hits the road. Along the way, he meets two characters from “above,” Wally (Rich Komenich), the personification of his own death, and Kiki (Tiffany Shoemaker), who embodies true love; the two humorously compete for his attention. He also meets the charming Nell Todd (Deborah Sargent), whose own dreams have gone astray in the middle of the Arizona desert. Nell is soon in the midst of a romantic triangle that also includes the solicitous-but-tough Travis (Ronn Johnstone).
Running With Scissors will be performed on the Mainstage Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 for those 25 and over, $12 for those 24 and under. Half-price preview is Thursday, Jan. 6 (all tickets are $11.25). For reservations and info, call the Phoenix, 749 N. Park Ave., at 635-PLAY.
• The Best of Broadway, a musical revue featuring the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be at the Warren Performing Arts Center Sunday, Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. Of the four performers, three have Webber credits already: Raymond Saar (Raul in The Phantom of the Opera, San Francisco), Diane Ketchie (Carlotta in Phantom, Broadway and San Francisco) and Valerie Perri (Eva Peron in the first national tour and second world tour of Evita). Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and $10 for ages 18 and under. For tickets, go to the Warren box office, 9500 E. 16th St., or any Ticketmaster outlet.
• Charles Busch is renowned for his avant garde work, but the Indiana Repertory Theatre will present his breakthrough into the mainstream, and Broadway, with his Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play in 2001.
Set in present-day Manhattan, middle-aged Marjorie is devastated when her longtime therapist dies. She spirals into a self-loathing depression and neither her husband nor mother can cheer her up. Just as she gets close to a complete breakdown, her world suddenly gets turned upside down when a long-lost childhood friend, Lee, makes an unexpected visit. Their reunion cheers Marjorie immediately, and as the two grow closer, their antics lead to deliciously devious behavior and wicked fun that leaves one family’s life never quite the same again.
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife runs Jan. 7-29 on various Tuesdays at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., various Thursdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., various Saturdays at 1, 4, 5, 8 and 9 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. ASL Interpretation and Audio Description will be offered Jan. 23, 2 p.m. Tickets, $19-$49, may be ordered online at www.indianarep.com or by calling the IRT ticket office at 635-5252.