The Mel Brooks musical “The Producers” was once the top show on Broadway. Like “Hamilton” now, it was the show to see.
For those who never saw the Broadway or the Equity-tour productions, the current run at the Eldorado will be satisfying. Most of the laughs are large, the dancing is well-executed by a charming cast, and the leads are zany enough to carry off the humor.
The problem, though, is that the cast is not large, so production numbers such as the classic “Springtime for Hitler” and the walker-dancing line of little old ladies singing “Along Came Bialy” are necessarily less than they can be.
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J. Bailey Burcham is the down-and-out and completely ethics-less producer, and Tyler Scherer is the nebbish but gullible dreamer Leo Bloom whose “I Want To Be a Producer” is a highlight. Rachael Addington is the voluptuous and clueless Ulla. J. John Boss’s Roger Debris and J. Ryan Carroll’s Carmen Ghia are directed to be over-the-top camp, as Brooks knows no bounds such as when Trevin Goin’s Franz goes nostalgic for the good old days of the Third Reich.
“The Producers” runs through Sunday, Nov. 13, and will be followed by a musical version of “Miracle on 34th Street” Nov. 22-Jan. 1. (7 p.m., except Monday; $33.95-$51.45; eldoradoreno.com)
Why wait for winter?
It is the inevitable waning period before the holidays, and many resort patrons wait for the snow. Yet there are some fine shows to be found:
Cache Creek offers some free shows equal to high-priced ones elsewhere, such as on Sunday with Pam Tillis, who started in pop and later embraced papa Mel’s country genre (5 p.m.; free with club card or $20; cachecreek.com)
Finally, Reno’s Silver Legacy wins the headliner prize for the Psychedelic Furs tonight, the band that helped kick-start both what has become alt rock and the MTV phenomenon (8 p.m.; $29.40-$42.50; silverlegacy.com); and actor-singer Dwight Yoakam, celebrating his most recent album “Second Hand Heart,” Saturday (8 p.m.; $65-$85).