‘Springtime’ for GAMA at autumn production

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GLENROTHES Amateur Musical Association members will be hoping that they enjoy the same response to their next show as the one portrayed to hilarious effect in their next production, reports MIKE DELANEY.

They will be staging an interpretation of ‘The Producers’ for their annual show which starts later this month.

In comic legend Mel Brooks’ original film and a later re-make, a scam to put on a sure-to-fail Broadway show - a cringe-inducing musical about the Nazis - goes disastrously wrong when it proves to be an unexpected hit and plays to sell-out, enthusiastic audiences.

Whether the Glenrothes version of the production gets similar rave reviews and packed audiences remains to be seen, but the choice of production has certainly proved popular with cast members, according to GAMA’s Bruce Davies.

“Such is the popularity of the zany show among amateur musicals enthusiasts that GAMA has attracted a cast of top actors, singers and dancers from all over the Kingdom and beyond to join their own regular members to present it.

“The story is set in New York in 1959.

“Two incompetent producers, Max Bialystock (Alan Blair) and neurotic accountant turned producer, Leo Bloom (Billy Naismith) contrive a ‘get rich quick’ plan which fails when a bad-taste, sure-fire flop, ‘Springtime for Hitler’, written by escaped, crazy Nazi, Franz Liebkind (Craig Spence) becomes an unexpected hit on Broadway.

“The ‘show within a show’ is ridiculously and ineptly directed by the ‘camper than camp’ Roger DeBris (Glen McGill) and features the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (Fiona Mackenzie-Barnes) lighting up the stage with “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It”.

“Each twist and turn of the plot brings yet more hilarity.

“It’s score parodies many musical styles and is among Broadway’s best, and will suit lovers of traditional Musicals. “The fast moving script displays Mel Brooks at his outrageous best, and is a ‘must see’ for anyone who likes a good laugh.

“TheProducers’ will have you rolling in the aisles.

GAMA presents ‘The Producers’ at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes between Tuesday, 27 September and Saturday, 1 October at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.