THE PRODUCERS is just days away! We've spoken with Connor Dumbrell, who plays Leopold Bloom in this hilarious Mel Brooks musical...
Leopold Bloom: a man of intricate complexities, a sea of emotions, a tripartite sequence. Playing Leo takes intense sincerity, unyielding moral fibre and lips flexible enough to say “Dixon Ticonderoga Number Two Pencil” at the speed of light. He is, to all intents and purposes, a modern Hamlet.
Jokes! Leo in one word is ‘ridiculous’ and I have had an absolute blast jumping around in rehearsals, learning how to play this weedy yet heart-warming angel of an accountant. When I was first offered the role all the way back in 2017, I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get going with the toe-tapping numbers and hilarious satire. Then I saw the size of the script. At 400 pages, the score of music for this show could fuel a house through the winter. But we have to sing it every single night for a fortnight (plus matinées, don’t forget the matinées). It is unrelenting. Every time we do sing it though, it fills the whole room with joy and smiles, and I really hope we can spread those smiles to everyone who comes to see the show.
My three favourite numbers are probably:
- ‘Where Did We Go Right?’ which I get to perform with my partner in crime, Meg Cosslett, who plays Max Bialystock and has me in stitches in every rehearsal - she is that funny and talented!
- ‘That Face’ which comes right at the start of Act II, and where Joy (who plays Ulla) and I get to dance a beautiful Gene Kelly-inspired number, choreographed by the Gene-ius that is Natalie Haslam.
- ‘Springtime for Hitler’ because I’m not in this one and get a chance to have a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive.
We have all had so much fun putting together this show and that is a credit to the directing team of Geraint, Holly and Michael. Their hard work and great humour have infected the production with a vitality and buzz that has pushed the show to its maximum – we just hope the audiences laugh as much as we have!
As Leo would say in Act I, scene xi, line 236, clause 55b: ‘I think we’re getting in too deep’. So, I ‘ll stop revealing all the spoilers and see you at the ADC. But first let me let you in on a little secret – if you look really really hard during the performance you’ll see a unicorn cross the back of the stage at one point. Don’t believe me? You’ll have to come see the show and find out!
Tickets for the show are going very fast but are still available here.