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February 20, 2008

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UT Tyler to Present Broadway Musical 'The Producers'

The Producers

The popular Mel Brooks musical “The Producers” will be featured Feb. 28 at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, UT Tyler Cowan Center director, announced.

“The Producers” will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Scott and Robyn Lieberman and Mrs. Mimi Lieberman.

This performance is suitable for mature audiences only.

Tickets are $66, $56, $46, $41 and $26 and are available at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office or online at www.cowancenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 903.566.7424.

“Mel Brooks is known for his outrageous comedies, and this one is filled with adult humor. From dancing Nazis to the bombshell, Ulla, this is classic Mel Brooks,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Winner of 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “The Producers” was originally a 1968 cult film satire written by Brooks, who adapted it to a stage production.

This production centers around flop-covered theatrical producer Max Bialystock who realizes the road to his financial redemption lies in producing the worst musical ever written, raising 25,000 percent of the capital and pocketing it all when the show is a one-night-only disaster.

Aided and abetted by a meek accountant named Leo Bloom, Bialystock options the rights to a production called “Springtime for Hitler.” However, if the show, by some insane miracle, were to become a hit, Bialystock and Bloom would be thrown in jail, which is exactly what happens.

The original 2001 Broadway cast included Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, who reprised their roles in the 2005 film of the musical.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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