The Producers, Renaissance Theatre May 2014
Mel Brooks, along with Thomas Meehan, developed this musical from the 1967 film of the same name that starred Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The story centers around two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop, but what happens when the show is an unexpected hit?
CAST & CREW: Michael Thomas (Max Bialystock), Stephen Joshua Thompson (Leo Bloom), Beau Roberts (Franz Leibkind)
DIRECTOR: Drew Traxler
WRITERS: Mel Brooks (music, lyrics, book), Thomas Meehan (book)
Torch Song Trilogy, recorded in July 2018
This collection of three plays introduced the world to the brilliant Harvey Fierstein, who won two Tony Awards in 1983 for both his star performance and superb script. A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, Torch Song Trilogy chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. From Arnold's hilarious steps toward domestic bliss with a reluctant school teacher, to his first truly promising love affair with a young fashion model, Arnold's greatest challenge remains his complicated relationship with his mother. But armed with a keenly developed sense of humor and oftentimes piercing wit, Arnold continues to test the commonly accepted terms of endearment--and endurance--in a universally affecting story that confirms that happiness is well worth carrying a torch for.
CAST & CREW: Stephen Joshua Thompson (Arnold Beckoff)