Sunday, September 1, 2013

Super Summer Theatre ends season with Las Vegas debut of original 'Producers'

If you saw “The Producers” at Paris Las Vegas about five years ago, you didn’t really see “The Producers.”
Following a long-standing Strip tradition, that 90-minute version chopped more than an hour of songs and scenes from the Tony-winning Broadway musical.

But Super Summer Theatre’s about to change all that, concluding its 38th season with the Las Vegas debut of the original “Producers,” which opens a nine-performance run Thursday at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

(The original musical version, that is — based on the original original, the Oscar-winning 1968 comedy that marked writer-director Mel Brooks’ big-screen debut.)

Joe Hynes , who’s directing the Super Summer production, first experienced the musical version of “The Producers” at Paris Las Vegas.

“Even when I saw it, I thought, ‘This is really great — but something’s missing,’ ” he recalls.
Not this time.

Super Summer audiences will see the same version of “The Producers” that captivated Broadway audiences in 2001 — and captured a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards (out of 15 nominations), including best musical.

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