PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Thespians Performing The Producers This Week

One of Penn State’s best known musical theatre groups — the Penn State Thespians — will kick off their latest show, a rendition of the famous Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit known as The Producers, this coming Thursday night in the Schwab Auditorium. The Producers is the humorous story of a theatrical producer, Max Bialystock, and an accountant, Leo Bloom, who decide to make what they hope will be a Broadway flop so that they can run off with investors’ money and bolt to Brazil. Instead, their play turns out to be a huge success, much to their dismay.

Sophomore Johnny Falconi and senior Patrick Kelly will star in the production as Bilaystock and Bloom, respectively. The opening showing is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night. There will be a second performance at the same time on Friday night, with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday and a 7:30 p.m. performance later that night to close out the Thespians’ most recent production.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster, at the door, in the HUB, at the State College Ticket office, or at Eisenhower Auditorium. They will run you $5 with a student ID or $10 for general admission.

I had a chance to catch up with the director of the show, Mike Dodds, who suggests that everyone come out and see the show, whether or not you’re a fan of musical theatre. “The Producers is a show that I got into into before I was ever really into musicals at all,” he said. “It’s a show that appeals to people whether or not they’re an avid theatre fan. There are aspects of it that appeal to everybody no matter how experienced they are with musical theatre.”

Dodds called The Producers a “good stepping stone” for those that want to test the waters of musical theatre. He added that the Thespians are putting a version of the play that is pretty true to the original Mel Brooks’ Broadway rendition, but they have a few snippets that make it unique. Unfortunately, he couldn’t tell me what those are, so you’ll have to make it to one of the Thespians’ four showings of The Producers to find out for yourself.

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


More by Zach

Penn Stater Named To Olympic Committee’s Centre for Safe Sport’s Inaugural Board

The Center for Safe Sport was recently created to tackle the issue of protecting America’s athletes. Penn State will be represented on the inaugural board by chief ethics and compliance officer Regis Becker.

A Valentine’s Day Trio Of Penn State Love Stories

Penn State To Celebrate 161st Birthday Next Week


North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend