A has-been Broadway producer and his scheming accountant devise a plan to fatten up their wallets by creating the worst production in history in New Candlelight Theatre's comedic musical "The Producers," a dinner show written by Mel Brooks that will kickoff at NCT in Wilmington on Friday. The final show ends March 17.
The dinner menu includes fried fish, pork loins, German style chicken, sesame meatballs and a desert bar. For a reduced fee on Friday show dates only, a glass of house wine and cheese appetizers will be available for patrons only desiring light fare.
Five dollars from each ticket sold at Friday's show will benefit Relay for Life of Middletown, in which actor Peter Briccotto serves as the site's entertainment and team events coordinator.
Briccotto, of Middletown, plays multiple roles in "The Producers," from an old lady to a tap-dancing Nazi. On Friday night only, he'll play the role of Leo Bloom (the shady accountant).
Q Peter, what attracted you to volunteer for Relay for Life?
A My mom is a three-time cancer survivor and she was on the committee. Starting out, I used to just find outside groups to come in and sing the national anthem or little things. This is my fifth year and I've slowly just started taking on more [responsibilities], and trying to make Relay the best it can be.
Q What are your duties as the entertainment and team events coordinator for Relay?
A We take care all of the activities for the team. There's over 30 activities to keep everyone awake and having fun all night — so that's one of the jobs. Then I also have to pick all the prizes that we award. That's everything from the little trinkets for winning contests, all the way to [prizes from] our top fundraisers.
Q What can you tell us about Leo Bloom?
A Leo is a nerdy accountant, and a little middle-aged. I started balding early, so the role works for me [laughs]. He's an accountant who dreams of being a Broadway producer, so he meets up with a washed-up Broadway producer and they come up with this scheme to produce Broadway's biggest flop, but everything goes wrong with it, of course.
Q In addition to playing Leo, you also juggle several other roles.
Page 2 of 2 - A I play everything from a bum to a tap-dancing Nazi. This show is a huge show and I think I play seven different characters: I'm a bum. I'm a tap-dancing Nazi. I'm a bad Hilter auditioner. I'm an old lady. I'm a prisoner. I'm a theatergoer. I'm also the champagne steward Zaboo, he lives in Roger De Bris' house. Roger De Bris is the director we hire.
Q Does wearing a lot of hats in the show make your head heavy?
A Literally, because I only have my real hair exposed in one part of the show. I'm wearing a wig or a hat the rest of the time [laughs]. It's fun. It's the most fun I've ever had in an ensemble in a show.
Q Who's your favorite character to play?
A Performing "Springtime for Hitler" as the tap-dancing Nazi is a blast. It's a really fun production number that starts the show.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'The Producers' fundraiser for Relay for Life of Middletown
WHEN 6 p.m. Friday, March 1; 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2; 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3; 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6; 6 p.m. Friday, March 8; 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9; 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10; 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14; 6 p.m. Friday, March 15; 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16; 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17
WHERE New Candlelight Theatre, 2808 Millers Road, Wilmington
COST $56 dinner show for adults; $37 for show with cheese appetizers and house wine (only available on Fridays); $33 dinner show for children (ages 4-12)
INFO nctstage.org or 475-2313