Cat Call’s The Producers Premieres September 14. Plus Cult Classics Young Frankenstein & Blazing Saddles
The manic, irreverent humor of writer and director Mel Brooks takes over the Tower Theatre September 14-22 with Cat Call Productions’ musical farce, The Producers and special screenings of Brooks’ comedy classics Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles September 17-18.
In its fourth year of all local, professional quality musical theater, Cat Call stages The Producers, Brooks’ Tony Award-winning story of a washed-up Broadway mogul and neurotic accountant who decide to make money with a bomb instead of a hit. But somewhere along the way things go horribly—and hilariously—right.
In a special offer, anyone with a Producers ticket or ticket stub can also experience the twisted comedy of one of Brooks’ classic 1974 films.
In Young Frankenstein (rated PG) neurosurgeon Dr. “Fronk-en-steen” (Gene Wilder) inherits a castle, a hunchback (Marty Feldman), lab assistant (Teri Garr) and grim housekeeper (Cloris Leachman). Together they re-animate a compassionate Monster (Peter Boyle) who steals the doctor’s fiancée (Madeline Kahn).
Blazing Saddles (rated R) is a wild send-up of the Wild West. A conniving politico (Harvey Korman) appoints a black sheriff (Cleavon Little) to disrupt an all-white frontier town. Sheriff Bart and his drunk gun-slinging sidekick (Gene Wilder) outwit an army of “bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves–and Methodists” to ride off into the cinematic sunset.
“We wanted to showcase some incredibly talented local actors and actresses on the Tower stage” said Tifany LeGuyonne, co-creator and co-executive producer of Cat Call, “and also put two of Brooks’ most infamous movies on the Tower’s big screen.”
The Producers is directed by Sandy Silver, with musical direction by Constance Gordy and choreography by Michelle Mejaski. It stars David Simpson as scheming Max Bialystock, Brad Ruder as cook-the-books bookkeeper Leo Bloom, Kimmie Fountain as Swedish bombshell Ulla, Rick Johnson as Nazi songwriter Franz Liebkind, Scott Carroll as New York’s worst director Roger De Bris, and Quin Mansfield as his “common law-assistant” Carmen Ghia.
The Producers is part of the Tower’s new Marquee Series, sponsored by U.S. Bank with supporting sponsor BendBroadband, and presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
September 14-15 ~ 8 pm
September 16 ~ 4 pm
September 19-22 ~ 8 pm
$30 / $35 ~ Reserved seating541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org
(1974, rated PG)
September 17 ~ 7 pm
$9 – free with ticket to Producers
(1974, rated R)
September 18 ~ 7 pm
$9 – free with ticket to “The Producers”