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An anniversary spectacular!

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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OH, to have been a fly on the wall when Mel Brooks first floated the idea for The Producers to Hollywood's money-men.

A musical, packed with razzle dazzle numbers, about two shyster Broadway producers who chart the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party in song and dance.

It comes complete with dancing stormtroopers, potty-mouthed old ladies and chickens in Nazi armbands.

And the up-tempo show stopper is called Spring Time for Hitler.

Happily he pulled it off, and a slapstick comedy dream team of Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Kenneth Mars made it unforgettable.

Now Melyncrythan Amateur Operatic Society return to the stage version to celebrate 90 years of putting on shows.

Leslie Waters steps up as Leo Bloom, the stagestruck accountant who gets sucked in to producer Max Bialystock's cock-eyed plan to cook up such an offensive turkey that it bombs, leaving them free to make off with their investors' cash.

Colin Wear, from the group, says the cast is raring to go, with the show opening at Neath's Gwyn Hall on February 25 and running until March 2.

Kelly Ann Allen is all set to smoulder as Ulla the Swedish bombshell, and Keith Milward takes on Max.

"Keith is not only a well-known thespian he is a director in his own right," says Colin."Leslie has appeared at several festivals as a stand up comedian and entertainer in Swansea.

"It is our 90th anniversary this year which is why we had to choose something spectacular to do.''

Curtain up is at 7.30pm with an extra 2.15pm show on March 2.

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