By Richard Schultz - Dec. 18, 2014

When the Scottsdale Musical Theater Company (SMTC) presents The Producers, the lavish Broadway musical will feature backdrops from Network Theatricals in New York, a touring set from southern California and costumes from the Palace Theatre in New Hampshire.

Executive producer and director David Hock leads a team presenting the company’s largest production to date, including accompaniment by a live orchestra of 23 musicians, a true rarity for locally produced musicals.

Based on Mel Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name, The Producers follows Max Bialystock, a once-great Broadway producer, and Bloom, his accountant, as they attempt to produce the biggest flop possible: Springtime for Hitler.

Their masterpiece turns out to be a smash, ruining all the plans they had for their success with a failure. The two are then sent off to Sing-Sing, where they produce Prisoners of Love, another smash flop and Bialystock and Bloom remarkably land on top.

Three local gay actors lead the cast of 32 in a production of The Producers, opening with a performance and gala on New Year’s Eve at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Hector Coris as Max Bialystock is joined by Terry Gadaire as Roger DeBris and Patrick Russo as Franz Liebkind.

Coris garnered praised for his roles in previous SMTC productions Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Music Man. Gadaire recently performed in Phoenix Theatre’s Memphis and portrayed Prof. Henry Higgins in Phoenix Symphony’s concert version of My Fair Lady.

When asked why he chose The Producers, Hock remarked, “Mel Brooks is just outright funny. He gets away with jokes like no one else and we all laugh right along with him. This is a blockbuster musical with splashy production numbers, large casts, tap dancing and showgirls in gooey gowns.”

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