Just about over one hour drive northwest of the Twin Cities, is St. Cloud. Two weekends in February and March St. Cloud's Paramount Theater put on the Mel Brook's Musical, The Producers.
The musical is about a Broadway producer that has a play that completely flops. His accountant realizes because of taxes and donations, a producer can actually make more money on a play that flops than a play that is a success. After some coercing, they embark together to produce a play that is sure to flop. First they have to find the worst play, than the worst director, and finally the worst actors, dancers, etc. The director they find is gay, and sings a song asking them no matter what they do to, "keep it gay."
The play was hilarious, well done, and well acted. The set was incredible for a community theater, and some of the costumes and props were borrowed from the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Tickets were only $20 for a Broadway success.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the next spectacular musical coming to St. Cloud's Paramount theater the end of April. For tickets click here.