Jan 13 2012 by Clair Fullarton, Kilmarnock Standard
CAST and crew from Loudoun Musical Society were given a superstar boost when they met John Barrowman.
The Torchwood star met the LMS gang, including Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, after performing in Robinson Crusoe at the SECC in Glasgow.
Staff at the venue spotted Jai and invited him backstage to meet John Barrowman, who in a strange coincidence played the stormtrooper role in the 2005 film version of ‘The Producers’, the role Jai had to relinquish after winning the ITV talent show.
John told Jai he had voted for him on redial and was a great fan of his ‘superb singing’ voice, he gave him a few career tips and told him to keep in touch with his future plans.
John, who has also starred on Broadway and in the West End, was delighted to hear that Loudoun Musical Society were performing one of his favourite shows.
LMS are staging ‘The Producers’ from Tuesday, January 17, to Saturday, January 21, at Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre. Former LMS man Jai plans to be at the opening night to lend his support.
The show’s six-day run had to be cancelled in October after the theatre roof sprang a leak.
The madcap Tony award-winning musical, which features the deliberately offensive show within a show ‘Springtime for Hitler’, has delighted audiences since the film, starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, was released in 1968.
In 2001 the film’s director Brooks, was persuaded to transfer The Producers to the stage and it went on become hugely successful, starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane and winning 12 Tony awards, breaking previous records held by ‘Hello Dolly!’.
LMS’s production team of Ruth Kelly (producer), Darren Ramsay (musical director), Michelle Plancey (choreographer) and Colin McGarva (stage manager) have a lot to live up to and are working hard to be faithful to Brooks’ ideals.
Kevin Kelly as Max Bialystock, John McGill as Leo Bloom helped by a Swedish Bombshell (with the longest name in Show Business) played by Mhairi Anderson are the eponymous ‘Producers’ who seek to raise as much money as they can while producing the biggest flop in theatre history, hoping to close on the opening night and flee with the cash.
They hire the worst show ever written by Franz Liebkind played by Douglas Wardrop, and the worst director in town Roger de Bris, played by Neil Warrender.
Call the Palace Theatre box office on 01563 554900 for tickets.