January 24-27, 2013
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Beer Sales Down in Wake of Tears
January 7, 2012 - Beer watered down in a flood of tears from brewer Rickard Keith contributed to a decline in sales this week. Keith was very emotional after believing he had missed 7 Ages' production of Mel Brooks' The Producers. Beer sales are expected to rise shortly; Keith was told he had not missed the show, which hits the stage January 24 and runs until January 27. Patrons are advised to mark their calendars and inform their friends about the show to prevent a repeat of the beer crisis. Tickets at 204-728-9510 or wmca.ca.
Local LOLs Back The Producers
January 2, 2013 - A virtual army of local "Little Old Ladies" is backing 7 Ages' The Producers and urging audiences to see the show. "I'm totally invested in the show," said one elderly woman, who appeared to be well into her eighties. "This show is the answer to my prayers and a source of great pleasure." There is no truth to the suggestion that 7 Ages is secretly hoping for a financial disaster. Tickets, for little old ladies and others, at 204-728-9510 or wmca.ca.
Brandon Butchers Stock Up on Bratwurst
December 20 - Westman Butchers are cornering the market on Bratwurst in anticipation of a run on the product in January when Mel Brooks' The Producers hits the WMCA. "We anticipate locals rediscovering this iconic meat product and its many uses," explains butcher Adolf Liebkind. "We will also be stocking up on pretzels." Puzzled residents of Westman can see for themselves what the fuss is about at the show. Tickets are available at the WMCA.
Manitoba And Sweden Ink Deals for IKEA and Ulla
December 12 - Sweden is in the news this year for its exports welcomed by Manitobans: the well-known store IKEA and the talented Ulla of Mel Brooks' The Producers. Ulla will be seen singing, dancing, and prancing at the WMCA from January 24 to January 27. "I've alvays vanted to be a star!" Ulla exclaims. "I vill be showing my assets." Apparently her name is short for Ulla-la, the name given to her by her dear mother in Sweden. See Ulla and buy tickets (as close to the front as possible) at wmca.ca or by calling 204-728-9510.
Westman Auditorium Considers Earthquake Insurance
December 4 - Rumours are circulating in Brandon that the Auditorium has contacted Lloyd's of London about earthquake insurance. Next month's production of Mel Brooks' The Producers is expected to produce gales of laughter that will rock the 42-year-old structure to its foundation. Cast and crew are desensitizing themselves at rehearsals, but "there's no way to control the audience. The first time they see this play their reaction may be extreme," remarks director George Buri. Tickets to this earth-shaking show are available at 204-728-9510 or at wmca.ca.
Is Brandon Ready for Mel Brooks' The Producers?
December 1 - Call in the medical response team. The Producers is likely to leave audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. That is, if they are not offended by the politically incorrect language and storyline. The play could easily offend - well, a wide assortment of minority groups.
Mel Brooks is known for his outrageous sense of humour; think Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. And of course, Silent Movie. The Producers is his greatest success. When Brooks turned it into a musical and brought it to Broadway in 2001, it was a raging success. Starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, it won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards.
But is Brandon ready for it? Only if you can hold onto your seat long enough. Only if you are prepared to laugh all night. Only if you are ready for an unusual, mind-boggling theatrical experience. Tickets at 204-728-9510 or at www.wmca.ca.
One of the most hilarious shows ever to hit Broadway! Max Bialystock has produced a string of Broadway failures, but with the help of accountant Leo Bloom he realizes that a Broadway flop can actually make money, and lots of it. He and Bloom find the worst play ever written, Springtime for Hitler, and then do their best (or worst) to make the play as objectionable as possible.