The Trinity Players’ production of ‘The Producers’ at the Sutton Coldfield Town Hall was tremendous fun from beginning to end!
Physical comedy and impeccable comic timing with lines raised the bar high and resolutely kept it there throughout. The audience interaction from Carmen Ghia (Ed Mears) and Max Bialystock (Matthew Collins) were also very effective, and especially funny. The Nazi-saluting pigeons were another major highlight and were used to great comic effect.
An inspired idea was the ‘Benny Hill’ theme with the chase scene at the end; yet another moment that had the audience roaring with laughter.
The orchestra were wonderful, though perhaps slightly overwhelmed the volume of the action on stage on some occasions, but through them and the cast the musical numbers were brilliantly executed. Creative choreography (although it could have been slightly sharper at times) really shone through in the chorus numbers.
Particular favourites were Along Came Bialy and Keep It Gay - the comedy, enthusiasm and energy of the cast was incredible which really made these showstoppers and a great joy to watch.
The entire cast should be very proud of themselves – the production was entirely professional and certainly did justice to the recent tour.
Not a single lead disappointed: from the wonderfully camp Roger (Elizabeth!) De Bris (Mikey Grant), the marvellously flamboyant Carmen Ghia (Ed Mears), the enchantingly innocent Ulla (Chloe Rawson), the hilariously audacious Franz Liebkind (Bob Atkins), the delightfully naïve Leo Bloom (Kieran Corrigan) to (before I run out of positive adjectives!), the outstandingly cunning, yet endearing Max Bialystock (Matthew Collins). All were talented vocalists and created believable, lovable, and very funny characters.
The chorus members were all fantastic support for the leads, and clearly were all enjoying themselves immensely throughout the production, which was lovely to observe and really made the performance a delight to watch!
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