The Producers review: Jason Manford and Phill Jupitus steal the show

PUBLISHED: 08:53 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:02 28 April 2015

The Producers is at Bristol Hippodroms now until Saturday. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

The Producers is at Bristol Hippodroms now until Saturday. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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THE star-studded cast of The Producers did not disappoint, with Jason Manford and Phil Jupitus showing off more than just their comedic skills and strutting their stuff on the dance floor.

The comedy, by Mel Brooks, tells the tale of a Nazi-themed musical with just the right mix of satire and ridiculousness.

Broadway producer Max Bialystock has had better days, months or even years. His latest broadway show was a complete disaster but when accountant Leo Bloom innocently suggests he could make his millions with a flop, the pair get to work.

Jason Manford shows off a different side to the one we are used to as Leo, with impressive vocals and a talent for tap dancing.

His talents as a comedian are put to good use, with some of the biggest laughs of the night coming from his character.

Phill Jupitus also stars in the show as Franz Liebkind, the insane Nazi playwright, and Louis Spence brings all the glitter and drama you would expect as Carmen Ghia, stealing everyone’s attention with his twirls and pirouettes.

The sheer energy in this show is spell-binding, you can not take your eyes off of the glamorous costumes and fast-paced dance routines.

The fourth wall is broken in some brilliant ways, with actors commenting on the awkward intermission shuffle to get to and from your seats, sparking one of the biggest giggles of the night.

Some audience members had their hands to their mouths for the entire performance – clearly no-one told grandma the show was about Nazis – and others roared with laughter.

The opening night in Bristol got the cast a well-deserved standing ovation and I am sure its run will receive the same reception throughout the week.

The Producers is at Bristol Hippodrome now until Saturday, with evening shows at 7.30pm and matinees tomorrow (Wednesday) and Saturday at 2pm.

Tickets, priced £17.90-48.90, are available from the box office on 08448 713012 or via www.atgtickets.com

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