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Still time to catch "The Producers"

Pictured, left to right, in The Phipps production "The Producers" are Emily Gerde, River Falls; Bjorn Saterbak, Hudson; Xander Toftness, River Falls; Chris Adam, Oakdale; Bill Marshall, Minneapolis; Jordan Stewart, Ruby Johnson, and Katy Hackworthy, all of Hudson.

“The Producers,” an outrageous musical comedy with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and the book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, will be performed through Aug. 4 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. His fortune changes when he is visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops. Leo counsels Max to raise far more money than he needs, then make sure the show is awful. No one will be interested in it, so the producers can pocket the surplus. To this end, Max and Leo produce a musical called “Springtime for Hitler,” written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire their secretary, the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables), as the lead actress. As opening night draws near, Max and Leo are confident that their musical will be a flop but there ís no accounting for taste.

Performances will be given on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2:30 p.m.

This play contains situations and language which some may find offensive. Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinee. Discounts are also available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinee. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at (651) 436-8883 or online at