THE PRODUCERS By Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Starring Matthew McGee* (HAIRSPRAY) as Max Bialystock “…a sublimely ridiculous spectacle” -NY Times
American Stage in the Park brings Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy to Demens Landing! Winner of a record twelve Tony Awards including ‘Best Musical’, The Producers sets the standard for modern, outrageous humor. The story centers around down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” Contains some mature content. Parental guidance is suggested.
GENERAL Lawn Admission: *bring your own chair or blanket Wed, Thurs, Sun – $20 (advance)/$30 (at the gate) Fri & Sat – $25 (advance)/$35 (at the gate) Children 6 and under are free.
PREMIUM Blanket Seating: *bring your own blanket Wed, Thurs, Sun – $35 Fri & Sat – $40
RESERVED Chair Seating: Wed, Thurs, Sun – $45 Fri & Sat – $50
Prices are subject to change without notice.
ABOUT AMERICAN STAGE IN THE PARK American Stage in the Park has been a celebrated Tampa Bay tradition for over thirty-years. Established in 1986, American Stage in the Park was first known for producing Shakespeare to audiences in and around Tampa Bay. American Stage in the Park expanded to included comedies and modern musicals presented under the stars each spring at Demens Landing Park in St. Pete.
PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol or pets are allowed into the park, by City Ordinance. Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non) are available at concessions.
April 18 – May 13, 2018 Buy Tickets
Ensemble (Showgirl) – Emily Bainbridge is originally from Lancashire England. She graduated from London Theatre School in 2009. Emily Performed twice in Dubai at their annual shopping festival and also sailed 6 years with Norwegian Cruise Line as a Dancer/Aerialist. She performs around Florida with Event Show Productions, and can be seen flying high at various events with the aerial company AntiGravity of Orlando. She also spent a season at Universal Studios and most recently was seen in PIPPIN and UNEXPECTED SONGS at the Show Palace Theatre. Emily is excited to be making her debut at American stage alongside her husband in Florida where they now call home. Emily would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!
Ensemble (Lead Tenor) – Trenton Bainbridge is proud to make his debut at American Stage alongside his wife Emily. Trenton was most recently seen as Pippin in PIPPIN and stayed for the next show to be a Lead Vocalist in UNEXPECTED SONGS at The Show Palace Theatre. Other credits include Sailor/Fairy in THE TEMPEST (Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago); Fredrick in PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Northern Lights Playhouse); Jack Frost in the premiere cast of JACK AND JACKIE FROST CHRISTMAS (Gaylord Marriott Kissimmee); and Lead Vocalist in ROCK A DOO WOP (Busch Gardens Tampa). Trenton also loved performing 5 years with his wife aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. Trenton also happily performs with Event Show Productions of Tampa. Trenton received his BFA from Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory. Thank you to my support team of my wife, family and friends.
Ensemble (Usherette) – April Berry* is grateful to be making her St. Petersburg debut with American Stage. Originally from the Los Angeles area, she moved to Florida from New York City, where she was in the original Broadway casts and workshops of LEGALLY BLONDE and WONDERLAND. She has been touring the world as a member of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra since 2009. Other credits include: WE WILL ROCK YOU (Las Vegas); SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (National Tour); FAME (Macau, China); “Ugly Betty”(ABC); “Legally Blonde: the Musical”(MTV). She and her husband are the owners of The Broadway Arts & Dance Academy in St. Petersburg. Thank you Jason, Aria and all my family for giving me so much love, support and life!
Ulla – Gretchen Bieber* is so excited to join American Stage for some good old-fashioned, outdoor musical comedy! Most recently, she was sailing the Caribbean as Tanya in MAMMA MIA aboard the Allure of the Seas. Other favorite credits include: u/s Amber & Velma in HAIRSPRAY (Broadway); Lina Lamont in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Gateway Playhouse); Sharpay in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL & HSM 2 (The Muny/North Carolina Theatre); Suzy in MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (The Gem Theatre), Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Penobscot Theatre); BIG BAND BEAT (Tokyo Disney Sea), MainStage Performer on The Disney Fantasy and several seasons at Stages St. Louis, The Muny, and Kansas City Starlight. B.A. Musical Theatre from The University of Tulsa. Much appreciation to Rye and this wonderful team, and my always supportive family and friends. Tack själv!
Ensemble (Hold Me Touch Me) – Lauren Buglioli is thrilled to make her American Stage debut with this incredible team! Local theatre credits include: Solvay in GNIT (Tampa Repertory Theatre), Sister Mary in DISASTER!, Sally in CABARET (mad Theatre); and Daisy in THE GREAT GATSBY (Stageworks Theatre). New York credits include: THE WHOLE DAMN THING (Midtown International Theatre Festival) Philadelphia credits include: THE DISTANCE FROM HERE (The Adrienne) London credits include: THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (Union Theatre). Film and television credits include: “Unstoppable” (Millennium Films), “Star” (ITV UK), “Shane” (Paramount Comedy UK). Training incudes: Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, LAMDA, and New York University. Lauren would like to thank American Stage for this opportunity. She is also grateful to the kids in high school who nicknamed her “grandma” and helped her embrace her type. Laurenbuglioli.com
Ensemble (Kevin) – Emanuel Carrero is thrilled to be returning to the park stage this year! He is just coming back home to the Bay area after sailing the high seas with OCEANIA CRUISES as a production singer. Previous credits include IQ in HAIRSPRAY (American Stage); Samuel in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Yum Yum in THE MIKADO, Ernst/Reinhold in SPRING AWAKENING (freeFall theatre); LES MISERABLE (Marius, University of Tampa); featured soloist in VOCAL ELEMENT (a Nata Lux Entertainment Company ensemble), and a Vocalist at BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA. He would like to thank God, friends, and family for all their continuous love and support. For more info visit: emanuelcarrero.wixsite.com/eecmusic Instagram:emanuelcarrero
Ensemble (Sabu) – Tato Castillo was most recently seen in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at American Stage. He has been performing in plays and as a dancer since he was in preschool. In High School he was an Intern for American Stage which helped him decide that he wanted to be an actor professionally. His favorite credits were A WILD PARTY by Andrew Lippy at the Palladium Theatre, THE ROYALE at American Stage and a piece choreographed by Pilobulos Dance Company at his Alma Mater in partnership with Valencia Community College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Roger Debris / Wig & Hair Designer / Dance Captain – Scott Daniel* is thrilled to be returning to American Stage in the Park for another show under the stars after previously appearing in HAIRSPRAY as Corny Collins and SPAMALOT where he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Sir Robin (TTB nominee and BroadwayWorld Award winner – Best Actor). You may recognize Scott as one half of Tampa Bay’s “Best Cabaret Act” (Creative Loafing – Best Of The Bay) The Scott & Patti Show. Scott is an accomplished actor/director/choreographer/designer with projects on land and sea. As a performer, He has traveled the world in Broadway national and international tours. When not performing, Scott is designing for Norwegian Cruise Line as their Head of Cosmetology or he is serving as the Artistic Director for MATTOCS Productions which provides original shows and entertainment services for special events, cruise lines, regional theaters and theme parks across the US. A proud member of the professional actor’s union, Actor Equity Association. Endless love to my family, “Cute Kevin”, and “Max”.
Ensemble (Showgirl) – Alyssa Elrod is thrilled to be debuting at American Stage! Alyssa was most recently seen in the ensemble in PIPPIN at Show Palace Dinner Theater. Other credits include: two contracts dancing in Legends in Concert and Pure Variety (Norwegian Cruise Lines); ChaCha in GREASE, The Bride in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, and Minnie/Teresita in WEST SIDE STORY (Show Palace Dinner Theater). Alyssa gives love to her family and friends for their continued support and light.
Ensemble (Marx/Lapidus) – Tyler Fish* is thrilled to be back home in St. Pete and making his American Stage debut. Some favorite roles include: Bobby in CRAZY FOR YOU; Cosmo SINGING IN THE RAIN; Ethan in THE FULL MONTY; Rudolph in HELLO DOLLY; Bert in 42nd STREET; Charlie in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN; Pat in STATE FAIR; Bill in KISS ME KATE; Chip in ON THE TOWN; Kenny in LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR; Paul in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK and others. Tyler would like to send a special thank you to Mom & Dad. To his wife, Erin: Life is Good!
Leo Bloom – James LaRosa* is thrilled to make his American Stage debut. Most recently, he appeared as Giuseppe in LA DOTTORESSA at Lincoln Center. Select theatre credits include: Stewpot in SOUTH PACIFIC (Triad); Gus in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (North Shore); Past James in BENJAMIN BUTTON (York), Mark Cohen in RENT (BRT); Malone in MR. CONFIDENTIAL (Signature Center); Henry in NEXT TO NORMAL (Florida Studio Theatre); Cosmo Brown in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Forestburgh); and his award winning portrayal of Abraham in ALTAR BOYZ (Zach Scott & FST). TV credits include: NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”, ABC’s “What Would You Do?”, A&E’s “Fugitive Chronicles”, and ID’s “Deadly Sins”. Voice-Over credits include: Rockstar Games, MTV, Nickelodeon, and TRW. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the High School for Performing Arts. Love and thanks to my family! www.theJamesLaRosa.com
Ensemble (Scott) – Charles Logan* is so grateful to be making his American Stage debut. Favorite credits include: The title role in GEORGE M! and Bill in ME & MY GIRL (TheatreZone, FL); Bobby in CRAZY FOR YOU (Venice Theatre); Smudge in FOREVER PLAID (Wick Theater & Hippodrome State Theater); and Nick Arnstein in FUNNY GIRL (Forestburgh Playhouse). He’s performed at Radio City Music Hall in the CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, as well as at the State Theater in Lincoln Center in Julie Taymor’s GRENDEL. Television appearances include dancing on “The Rachel Ray Show” with “All My Children”’s Bobbie Eakes, and alongside Ben Stiller on Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars”. Thank you to the whole American Stage family for this wonderful opportunity to play, and to all the gorgeous souls in his life that make every day a joy.
Max Bialystock – Matthew McGee* is excited to return to the Park after performing all season as a rep member with Asolo Repertory Theatre Company in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and RHINOCEROS (directed by Frank Galati). Awards include BroadwayWorld.com’s Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical for performances in THE FROGS and MAME (freeFall theatre) and a Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Edna Turnblad in last season’s HAIRSPRAY in the Park (American Stage). Matthew has been named Tampa Bay’s Favorite Local Drag Performer in Creative Loafing’s Reader’s Poll in both 2013 and 2017. Recently, Matthew appeared in the independent films, “Small Group” and “Waiting on Mary” (now available on iTunes). This summer, you can see Matthew in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL at freeFall theatre. Follow Matthew on IG: @thematthewmcgee
Ensemble (Usherette) – Courtney McLaren holds a BA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with concentrations in theatre, music, and arts management. At MCLA, credits include: Sally Bowles in CABARET, Wendla in SPRING AWAKENING, Harper in ANGELS IN AMERICA ( Part I), and Clarice in THE LIAR. While in college, she spent summers as an acting apprentice at three renowned New England theater: Berkshire Theatre Group, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Before joining American Stage, she acted as an Artist-in-Residence at Berkshire Theatre Group performing in touring shows, teaching playwrighting and acting skills, and leading after school programs. At American Stage, Courtney has had the pleasure of performing in the educational school tour show RIKKI TIKKI TAVI, as well as the MainStage production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Courtney sends her thanks to family and friends for their love and support.
Ensemble (Black Irish) – Dequan Mitchell was most recently seen as Ferdinand in THE TEMPEST (Jobsite Theater). Other regional credits include: THE LARAMIE PROJECT and BROADWAY: FLOPPED AND FORGOTTEN (The Space at 2106 Main); as a Dancer in KATONGA (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay); and as a Wildfire Dancer at the SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL (Sea World Orlando). Television credits include: “The Rachel Ray Show”, “America’s Got Talent”, and “Glasgow 2014 – XX Commonwealth Games” (Performance art group Tell-A-Vision). Commercial credits include: “The Home Depot”, “Brighthouse”, “WWE”, and “The Golf Channel”. He played the role of Amir in the Global Shorts Award winning film “The Door” (Wurk 4 Fuud Productions).
Ensemble (Bryan) – Tyler Pirrung is ecstatic to be making his American Stage debut! Regional credits include: Frank Schultz in SHOW BOAT, FUNNY GIRL, and OLIVER! (Arizona Broadway Theatre); Cosmo in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Igor in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and Aldolpho in DROWSY CHAPERONE (Bigfork Summer Playhouse); and Ko Ko in HOT MIKADO (GLOW Lyric Theatre). He received his B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University. He would like to thank his family and Charlie for their endless love and support and everyone at American Stage for welcoming Tyler into the family. To learn more about Tyler and see what adventures await him next, visit www.tylerpirrung.com.
Ensemble (Showgirl) – Kellyanna Polk is thrilled to be in THE PRODUCERS at American Stage. She was most recently seen in FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL (Broward Stage Door Theatre). Kellyanna is a graduate of Yale University and has trained at American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Joffrey among others. “Many thanks to the cast, crew, and my family!” Instagram: @kellyannapolk
Carmen Ghia – Alex Ringler* is thrilled to be keeping it gay in THE PRODUCERS! Broadway credits include: WEST SIDE STORY. Tours include: u/s Adam/Felicia in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Greg in A CHORUS LINE, and Alonzo in CATS. Off-Broadway credits include: TRIP OF LOVE, Miss Texas in PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL, and ICONS. Regional credits include: OKLAHOMA, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Goodspeed); SURF: THE MUSICAL (Rip Turner), and SEUSSICAL (Childsplay). TV/Film credits include: “Deadbeat,” “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” “Grind: The Musical,” and “Welcome to New York.” Alex is the resident choreographer for D’Angora Productions in New York. Big thanks to everyone at American Stage, Rye, family and friends. Find more information at alexringler.com.
Franz Liebkind – Jim Sorensen* Off-Broadway/New York credits include: THE BODY BEAUTIFUL, PLAIN & FANCY (York); MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Engeman); and PLAGUED: A LOVE STORY (NYMF). Regional credits include: THE 39 STEPS, and A FEW GOOD MEN (Flat Rock Playhouse); INTO THE WOODS, and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Fulton); LES MISERABLES (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina). Florida credits include: BUTLER (Florida Studio); SOUTH PACIFIC, 1776 (Asolo); TIME STANDS STILL (Banyan); THE BUFFALO KINGS, CABARET, THE NORMAL HEART, BECKY SHAW, and THE BURNT PART BOYS (freeFall); THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (American Stage); THE BLUE ROOM (Stageworks); and WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL (Palladium). BOTB Best Actor, TTB Outstanding Featured Actor, “Handy” Award Best Supporting Actor. A proud member of Actors’ Equity, Jim is also Operations Manager and Associate Artist at American Stage. Much love to my beautiful wife, Natalie. jimsoren.com
Ensemble (Showgirl) – Alicia Thomas was recently seen as Lorrell in DREAMGIRLS (Venice Theatre). Some other credits include Beneatha in A RAISIN IN THE SUN (The Barn Dinner Theatre); HOLLY JOLLY (The Dutch Apple); RAISIN (Astoria Performing Arts Center). She is a STAR company member at The Directors Company in NYC. While obtaining her BA at Bradley University some of her favorites are A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 1/3RD OR A NATION-directed by Sean Graney; Schwartzy in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE; and RAGTIME. She is a proud alumnus of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. ‘Let your light shine…and glorify your Father in Heaven!’ -Matthew 5:16 www.itsmealicia.com
What happens if it rains? A little rain certainly won’t stop us, but should weather conditions look serious enough to cancel or abruptly discontinue a performance, ticket-holders will be able to exchange their tickets for another performance. If a call to cancel a performance is made prior to the show starting we will make the announcement on our facebook page. If you have any questions you can call the Box Office at 727.823.7529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will there be food & drink available for purchase? Yes. Stay tuned for more information. *No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the park, by City Ordinance.
Where can I park? Demens Landing Park is located on the waterfront right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. Below are the two closest parking options: Southcore Garage 101 1st Avenue South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $1.00 per hour (max $7.00) Al Lang parking Lot # 1 230 1st Street South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $5.00 per day until 3:00am. For more downtown St. Pete parking visit DiscoverDowntown.
“American Stage hits ‘The Producers’ out of the park… funny and topical…one dazzling performance or song after another…the best American Stage in the Park musical in years.” -Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times