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Cecilian Musical Society launches the Mel Brooks musical: The Producers

The Producers, an award-winning musical produced by the Cecilian Musical Society will be showcased at the Lime Tree Theatre. The Cecilian Musical Society officially launched the upcoming musical The Producers on November 5. Pictured are the main cast Dickie Donnelly, Tara Downes and Jason Ronan. The Producers will be on show from November 28th to December 1st at the Lime Tree Theatre. Picture: Baoyan Zhang/ilovelimerick

Cecilian Musical Society launches the Mel Brooks musical: The Producers

Limerick’s very own Cecilian Musical Society has just launched their upcoming show The Producers which is expected to be a hit with musical fans. The musical will take the stage at the Lime Tree Theatre from the end of November to the first week of December.

Following the sell-out success of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, the Cecilian Musical Society, now in their 99th year present Mel Brooks’ outrageous farce, ‘The Producers’.



The musical speaks of a onetime king of Broadway, producer Max Bialystock and his nervy accountant Leo Bloom who come up with a daring scheme to oversell Broadway’s biggest flop to their investors and strike it rich in the process. They sought to find the worst show, worst director and worst actors with hilarious consequences!

A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock (Dickie Donnelly) and Leo Bloom (Jason Ronan) as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime for Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction.  At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

With dozens of big and cameo parts, no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, ‘The Producers’ is definitely far from a flop. The original Broadway production starring both Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards.

The Cecilian Musical Society, previously known as the Crescent Operatic Society, was founded in 1919.  About five years later the name was changed to the Cecilian Operatic Society, the name having been suggested by Mr, M.J. Flood, then District Justice of Limerick.

After 1928 the society lapsed for a number of years until 1944, when it was revived as the Cecilian Musical Society, concentrating chiefly on choral and orchestral concerts.  With the completion of the new Assembly Hall at the Crescent in 1947, the society once again revived stage shows, and in December of that year opened its productions with a pantomime.  The society went on to present 130 shows on the Crescent stage.  In 2002 The Cecilians produced their first show at the University Concert Hall, “Guys and Dolls”.

Since then shows such as “Sweet Charity”, “Oklahoma”, “My Fair Lady”, “Oliver”, “Crazy for You”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, “42nd Street” & “The Wiz” have performed to acclaim.

Join the Cecilians and their award-winning production team of Des Henn (Director), Barbara Meany (Choreographer), and Michael Young (Musical Director) from November 28 – December 1 at the Lime Tree Theatre for a night of side-splitting humour and entertainment. 

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.