A Mel Brooks masterpiece

THE PRODUCERS, the Mel Brooks Musical has started its Lithgow season, wowing the Sunday audience as members of Lithgow Musical Society took to the stage of the Union Theatre.

Rolling ‘em in the aisles is the sexy Swedish seductress Ulla, Played by local star Tara Gray. Ulla plays the “dumb blond” while twisting the two male leads, Max (Anthony Gilchrist) and Leo (Alan George) around her little finger.

“This is a delightful roll and I was excited to bring it to the Lithgow stage” Tara said. “This is my Second role in a musical for Lithgow Musical Society, the first was as Demeter in “Cats”(2008), though I have been in several variety concerts for LMS” she said.

Tara has been performing for most of her life being the daughter of Martin and Lynn Doherty, well-known local performers and song writers. Her Musicals, amateur productions, include Madcap Masie in  “The Boyfriend” (1990), “The Pyjama Game” (female lead) 1991,  as “Angelina” in Angelina’s Portrait (female lead) 2006, City Boy (2007).

She has also performed as soloist at “Carols in the Caves” at Jenolan.  

Tara trained in Irish dancing,  tap and jazz ballet, and has been featured on several folk music and children’s music albums/CD’s as a backing.

Another claim to fame came when she was featured on a Granada TV documentary on Anthony Field, the Blue Wiggle.  

Tara’s live band experience includes lead singer in Sydney pub bands “Freddo Fest” (1994/1995) and “D-Tour” (2000/2001). 

Tara fits all of this in plus playing guitar, bodhran (Irish drum), and washboard, her job as an Occupational Therapist at Blue Mountains Hospital, and wife and mum of two beautiful girls.  

After the show members of the audience raved over the portrayal of Ulla and the comments on the delightfully witty, anti-Nazi Mel Brooks masterpiece were all very positive. 

Also starring in The Producers are Jayson Wilkinson as the very camp Carmen Ghia, Mark Watchorn as the even camper Rodger DeBris and Bruce Ryan as the mad Nazi song writer Franz Liebkind.

“The show is fantastic fun, cast members get to play multiple roles, Michael Morgan has nine different characters at last count” Bruce Ryan said.

Performances continue from tomorrow night through to Sunday and again the following weekend.

Tickets are available at Rock Sounds and Hi-Fi or at the door.

Article contributed

Gilchrist, Alan George, Tara Gray and Jayson Wilkinson

Gilchrist, Alan George, Tara Gray and Jayson Wilkinson


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