Civic’s The Producers gets a little press action

Looks like Spokane likes The Producers

The Producers at Spokane Civic Theatre taken by Chris Wooley

Photo credit to Chris Wooley

Civic’s production of The Producers is getting it’s fair share of press action. It’s always a bit of a gamble to open a season with a show that pokes fun at well, exactly what we do. And to take on something as taboo as Hitler, well, you see where that might be an issue. And of course, Mel Brooks is Mel Brooks. But it looks like Spokane is enjoying Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of The Producers and we thank our community for embracing this cast and crew with open arms.

The Producers run from September 21st through October 21st. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for Military & Seniors and $22 for students. Call 509.325.2507 for details.


So take a look at what the Spokesman Review says about The Producers:

Leave it to comedy legend Mel Brooks to conceive a musical with material so offensive it becomes downright hysterical…Sciarrio and Pleasant manage their roles well and make an amusing duo; their performances are similar to Nathan Lane’s and Matthew Broderick’s sardonic portrayals on Broadway…An ensemble of elderly ladies dancing with walkers and side-splitting cameo appearances by character actress Kathie Doyle-Lipe served as other highlights of the show, as well as Jan Wanless’ costumes and David Baker’s set design in Act Two.

And The Inlander chimes in with their opinion of Civic’s staging of the producers:

It’s not easy to turn bad taste into good humor, but the Civic pulls it off… Under the direction of Marianne McLaughlin, the Civic pulled off a great show… the excellent supporting cast (Babbit, McKeever, Pierson) enhanced the clear talent and suitability of the leads (Sciarrio, Pleasant)… It’s the spirit of gleeful irreverence that makes The Producers such fun, and this production channels that blithe spirit brilliantly.

Wow, again, just wow. Thank you Spokane for enjoying The Producers as much as we have enjoyed putting on the show. Here’s to a great run and we hope to see you here laughing, chuckling and smiling.

To find out more about Spokane Civic Theatre, check out Civic News, stay up to date with cast and crew on our Facebook Page and keep an eye on Pinterest for some pinnable images of all things theatre! Upcoming productions for the Season to Inspire include A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, White Christmas, Escanaba in Love, Next to Normal, On Golden Pond, Treasure Island, Grease and more.

War Horse on Broadway from Spokane Civic Theatre’s View!

The View on War Horse from Yvonne AK Johnson‘s view

War Horse Redux

Yvonne AK Johnson, Spokane Civic Theatre Executive Artistic Director, has seen War Horse on Broadway not once, but twice (uh, War Horse redux)! She says that it remains the best play she has seen in the past 10 years and that War Horse is stronger as a play than the recent movie.

Puppets Come To Life

War Horse coming to Spokane Via Best of Broadway

War Horse
March 5-10, 2013 at the INB Center, West Coast Entertainment/Best of Broadway
A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship.

The AACT (The American Association of Community Theatre of which Spokane Civic Theatre is a part) National Conference  was held in New York City a few weeks ago. The AACT attendees went to see the production of War Horse together and despite seeing the production twice, for Yvonne it was still just as strong visually and viscerally as the first time. “Who would ever think that a puppet, a horse named “Joey,” would literally come to life before your eyes? You honestly forget that he is not real. He certainly is in your own heart and you will love him as if he is your own.”

Westcoast Entertainment Best of Broadway Brings War Horse to Spokane


War Horse will be touring next season and we are fortunate to have the tour come to Spokane through WestCoast Entertainment Best of Broadway series. Of course, some aspects of the show will need to change to accommodate the various proscenium theatres that War Horse will be playing throughout the country and Yvonne finds that part rather intriguing (she would, it is her job to think of things like this!). War Horse comes to Spokane March 5-10, 2013. Don’t miss the chance to see this great show right in Spokane!