Local theatre stages classic production

There will be shining lights, alluring acts, and spectacular performances as Tallahassee Little Theatre puts on a community production of “The Producers.”

The 2005 critically acclaimed musical was originally performed on Broadway starring actors Nathan Lane, Mathew Broderick and Uma Thurman.

“The Producers” was a groundbreaking hit. The 2001 play claimed a record 12 Tony awards.

Tallahassee Little Theatre’s production of “The Producers” will be the first community production of the award winning play in northern Florida.  The play consists of 32 actors and actresses playing over 100 roles.

Directed by Naomi Rose-Mock, executive director of the Tallahassee Little Theatre, the play is predicted to have over -the-top performances.

 ” ‘The Producers’ has non-stop action and a lot of big show stoppers,” said Rose-Mock. “There is even a number where there are 30 tap dancers onstage at once.”

Rose-Mock has also directed other plays at the Tallahassee Little Theatre such as “Last Stance of Dr. Disco” and “Morning at 7.”  She has also directed “Little Women” and “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Quincy Music Theatre.

“It has everything from dancing Nazis to 32 old women with walkers, both actors and actresses, dancing and doing gymnastics,” said Rose-Mock.  “If anyone likes comedy they should see it.”

Tallahassee Little Theatre’s production of “The Producers” will culminate the 60th anniversary season of the theatre.

“I am honored to be in the show that will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Tallahassee Little Theatre,” said actor Bud Simpson, who plays Leo Bloom in the production. “It’s the icing on the cake.”

Simpson has also played in other Tallahassee Little Theatre productions such as “Biloxi Blues” and “Three Tall Women.”

“The play makes fun of every race and creed, but not in a bad way.” Simpson said. “It should be entertaining.”

Also staring in the play as Max Bialystock is lead actor Derek Nieves, a 15-year performer and director of  “The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe: A One Woman Show” for the Tallahassee Little Theatre.

” ‘The Producers’ is a hilarious play with mad cab ride moments, but has very humane, sincere, and tender moments,” Nieves said.

Nieves has also directed and acted in plays at Tallahassee Community College such as “Greater Tuna.”

His next venture will include an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

“I am incredibly proud to volunteer and perform with this collaborative community of youth and elders,” Nieves said.

“The Producers” will be performed at the Tallahassee Little Theatre from September 10 through September 27. Tickets for the show can be purchased at Tallahassee Little Theatre. Prices are $16 for students and $20 for adults.  Group rates are also available at the box office.

For more ticket information, contact the Tallahassee Little Theater at 850-224-8474.