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N.C. Theatre doesn't disappoint with its revival of Mel Brooks' mega-hit The Producers.

N.C. Theatre's Producers nails its flop 

N.C. Theatre's "The Producers"

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N.C. Theatre's "The Producers"

N.C. Theatre doesn't disappoint with its revival of Mel Brooks' mega-hit The Producers. Under Bill Burns' brisk direction, Michael McCormick's endless onstage machinations suggested Boris Badenov—with a Bronx accent—as debauched theatrical producer and has-been Max Bialystock, while Stacey Todd Holt ably reprised his Broadway turns as high-strung second banana Leo Blum.

Show stealers Stuart Marland (as Roger DeBris, the worst director in New York) and Christopher Sloan (as his "common-law assistant," Carmen Ghia) camped out—so to speak—while aiding and abetting the twin leads in guiding their show-within-a-show, Springtime for Hitler, onto the jagged rocks of Broadway.

Though Ann Bruskiewitz's costumes seem a bit toned down from the Broadway version, Susan Stroman's choreography includes the memorable sequence in Little Old Lady Land where walkers replace tap shoes, and a stage-length descent into poor taste that reminded us to be grateful that '70s TV choreographer June Taylor never hooked up with Leni Riefenstahl. Recommended.

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