Review: The Producers, Gwyn Hall, Neath
How do you produce a guaranteed, bona fide, sure-fire Broadway flop?
Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom appear to have a fool-proof plan as Mel Brooks' much-loved musical was given a Welsh makeover by Melyncrythan Amateur Operatic Society in this ambitious, week long production.
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With a huge cast, elaborate stage design, finely choreographed dancing and some wonderful live music, this was much grander affair than its amateur tag alluded to.
Starring Keith Milward and Leslie Waters in the two leading roles, they sung, stole and stuttered their way through the creation of "Springtime for Hitler", a gay neo-Nazi romp so offensive that it should be guaranteed to lose millions.
But as with the big screen adaption, it was the eccentric supporting cast who added the real colour to the show.
James Hall was suitably feisty as the irate Nazi scriptwriter Franz; Kelly Ann Allen hit the high notes as Swedish bombshell Ulla; and there was a show-stealing performance from Davron Hicks who, like a camp Brian Blessed, unashamedly threw himself into the role of over-the-top director-in-drag Roger De Bris.
The show belied its amateur nature and, unlike some of Max Bialystock's pervious productions, was a total success.