On May 7, 2016, the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (ASGT) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over five decades, this showcase became one the city’s most cherished summer traditions. Staffed by volunteers of ever-changing faces, the playhouse entertains in Annapolis with outstanding musicals under the stars during the summertime.
Mel Brooks’ classic musical comedy that is based on his hilarious 1968 film, The Producers, will play from August 4 to September 4, 2016, on Thursdays-Sundays at 8:30 p.m. The story revolves around two producers’ harebrained scheme for riches by overselling the interests to a sure Broadway flop titled “Springtime for Hitler”. Ironically, the show becomes a smash hit, leading to unforeseen sidesplitting complications. The original production premiered in 2001 on Broadway and starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, eventually winning an amazing 12 Tony Awards.
Director Jerry Vess has previously directed eight ASGT shows. Regarding The Producers, he was quoted by ASGT as saying, “I am very excited to bring this hilarious, song-and-dance-filled musical to ASGT this summer. I’ve always been a huge fan of Mel Brooks, and the musical version of The Producers is a great example of Brook’s genius, with its over-the-top characters, great dialogue, and brilliant songs. I can’t wait to see this wildly comic musical adventure on the ASGT stage. Since finding out I’m directing The Producers, some people have said I may be in too deep…to which I respond, ‘Too deep? This is nothing! I’ll tell ya when we’re getting in too deep!’”
As the Summer Garden Theatre is located downtown, a perfect prelude to one of its performances is dinner at one of the city’s many fine restaurants nearby, followed by a pleasant walk during a warm summer night. ASGT offers outdoor seating that is intimate with a view of the moon above. An enjoyable performance and a leisurely stroll back to their accommodations will complete a romantic evening for couples visiting Annapolis.
A B&B Near the Theatre
The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is less than a quarter of a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, the perfect historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed and breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.