The Cote Saint-Luc Dramatic Society has done it again by producing a smash hit in Mel Brooks’ musical of The Producers – in Yiddish!
The star-studded cast of local talent proved once more that community theatre can rival major stage and musical hall productions. And don’t let the Yiddish part throw a wrench in your plans. With superscript projected in both English and French, and major chunks of the show in English anyhow, this musical is a winner in any language – most of the audience were not Yiddish-speakers to be sure, certainly not the Francophones laughing aloud behind me.
The show is outrageous, preposterous, hysterical and that was just the first act! The singing, acting, choreography, music, costume and stage design are so professional, so entertaining, it’s hard to believe this isn’t Broadway bound.
Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!
“We are thrilled but the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society has joined forces with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre for this production of The Producers. We believe in supporting arts and culture and we have been lucky to find amazing talents led by director Anisa Cameron. We wish the entire cast and crew the best of luck. The CSL City Council is proud of all of you,” said actor and CSL Mayor Mitchell Brownstein.
The cast of over 40 singers, actors and dancers was spectacular. Too numerous to mention them all I would highlight the cameo appearance of DDO Councillor Herbert Brownstein and his brother, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, the father and son team of Robert and Jonah Presser, The incredible Brandon Schwartz, amazing actress Alisha Ruiss, the hysterical Ryan Kligman and the incredibly talented, energetic lead performers Mikey Samra and Sam Stein.
Kudos to Segal Centre Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin for teaming up the Yiddish Theatre and the CSLDS. What a masterful “shiduch” (Yiddish for matchmaking) to end off a sensational season. I am so pleased to have purchased season tickets and already have my subscription for next season.
Last night’s VIP Opening Night show was attended by community leaders, including theatre namesake Alvin Segal, Abe Gonshor and his bride Annie Young, city councillors Michael Goldwax and Sam Goldbloom, Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather and Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg. I was so happy to have my parents join my wife and I on this special day with my father celebrating his 93rd birthday.
Thank you RBC and all the sponsors for bringing exceptional theatre right into our community.
The producers of The Producers are campaigning to get the original producer, Mel Brooks, to come to Montreal to see the show for himself. If you happen to be friends with Mel Brooks, or see him on a plane or beach in the coming days, please put in a good word.
The show runs through July 10. Tickets are available online at SegalCentre.org or by calling 514-739-7944. This is a show you will not want to miss.