The Producer’s at The Little Theatre of Alexandria receives RAVE reviews!

Maryland Theatre Guide

The current production of “The Producers,” directed by Kristina Friedgen and choreographed by Stefan Sittig, is outstanding.  Leo Bloom was played by Ryan Phillips, who told this reviewer he liked the nuances of Gene Wilder’s performance in the original 1968 film, but he liked the physical humor of Mathew Broderick’s performance in the 2005 Hollywood version of the musical.  Mr. Phillips’ performance successfully captures the best of both portrayals.   

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Steve Cairns (Max Bialystock), Sirena Dib (Ulla), and Ryan Philips (Leo Bloom) in The Producers at LTA (2019).

DC Metro Theatre Arts

Funny Boy, a musical version of HamletA Breaking WindShe Schtups to Conquer–could anyone predict how much those fictional plays would wow audiences? The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s The Producers explores the challenges of putting on a hit. You can’t lose with this show: the book for this musical is by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and Brooks wrote the music and lyrics. Colin Taylor provided music direction and conduction, and Stefan Sittig choreographed. Director Kristina Friedgen has directed a show that’s fun from start to finish.

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The cast of The Producers performs “King of Old Broadway”.

Alexandria Times

In the official director’s notes for the show, Director Kristina Friedgen wrote that she hoped the show would inspire audiences “to laugh at ourselves more and allow others to laugh with us while we do that.”

Friedgen’s direction emphasizes this, as every character is successfully the butt of one joke or another, from the flamboyant Roger DeBris (Brian Lyons-Burke) to the flirtatious Ulla (Sirena Dib). No one gets out unscathed, and so nothing is taken too seriously.

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Ryan Phillips (Leo Bloom) with the Chorus Girls in “I Wanna Be a Producer”