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Posted on: August 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Spotlight Players Presents “The Producers” at Canton’s Village Theater

With returning sensations like Josh Getto from last season's 'Young Frankenstein' and Aleksander Papanastasopoulos ('The King & I', 2014) to new promising faces like Brian Playter, Dale Allen, John Szczotka and Justin Digue— Spotlight Players' 'The Producers' musical is going to be a show-stopper!

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.

"Go big or go home!" says Director Alan Highe. This can only mean the show will be doubly-as bad in an oh-so-good way.

Cast for the role of Ulla are promising starlets Madison Merlanti (Anna, 'King & I') and Hayley Boggs (Inga, 'Young Frankenstein'). In addition to many repeated names in the cast such as Justin and Justin, Hayley and Hayley, Stephanie and Stephany, you might think you are seeing-doubles until you realize it's twins Maura and Emma Doyle gracing the stage.

An energetic cast of 39 belts out lyrics to "Opening Night" as the first read-through commences…"we can’t believe it, how he achieves it, it's the worst show in town!"

With a growing repertoire of theatric productions under his belt, rising director Alan Highe will surely bring us the best worst show in town.

The Producers takes the main stage for six performances on September 18-20 & 25-27, 2015 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Seating is assigned so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance!

Tickets are between $16-$18 each. They can be purchased by calling the box office at 734-394-5300 or visiting Tickets are also available for purchase at the box office one hour prior to show time.

The Village Theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI 48187, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups.

For more additional information about this or other Spotlight Players productions, please visit or call 734/394-5300.

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