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'The Producers' to hit GSU's PAC stage
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The touring production of the most highly-decorated musical in Broadway history is coming to the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University.

NETworks Presentations will perform “The Producers, a Mel Brooks musical” at the PAC on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The winner of a record 12 Tony Awards, “The Producers” is based on the Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name. It tells the story of a down-on-his-luck theatrical producer and a mousy accountant who hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than needed for a sure-fire Broadway flop, and then pocket the difference.

Their “sure-fire” theatrical fiasco? None other than the musical “Springtime for Hitler.”

Tickets for “The Producers” are $45 per person for the general public. Georgia Southern faculty, staff and students will receive a $5 discount for each ticket.

In addition, if any tickets are available 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the performance, any Georgia Southern student with a valid University I.D. can purchase one ticket for $10.

“The Producers” dominated the 2001 Tony Awards, earning top honors in a dozen categories, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical.

The 12 Tony Awards won by “The Producers” shattered the 37-year-old record of 10 set by “Holly, Dolly!”

The NETworks Presentations national tour of “The Producers” has received rave reviews across the country.

“With an energetic ensemble of 22, luscious costumes … brilliant choreography and snappy direction, the show comes off as a tightly woven, wonderfully executed celebration of the American Broadway musical,” wrote The State in Columbia, S.C.

“This is a laugh out loud, ‘I can’t believe they just did that’ extravaganza of bad taste, good fun and high production value,” wrote the Herald Times in Bloomington, Ind.

“This whiz-bang touring production of the Mel Brooks musical blows a big kiss in the direction of an old-fashioned Broadway extravaganza,” wrote the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal.

The PAC is on the Georgia Southern campus at the corner of Chandler Road and Plant Drive. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The box office is open one hour prior to the start of each performance.