The Producers is a hit about a failure
I have a confession: I keep the soundtrack to The Sound of Music in my glove box. When my day is crappy, I turn to track five and belt out "I Have Confidence in Me." Embarrassing, I know. But it doesn't stop with the Trapp family. Last week, my Netflix rentals included Guys and Dolls, and I watch Yentl on the sly. What can I say? I get jokes about either being a gay man or middle-aged woman trapped in a 20-something, hetero body, but it's always been this way: I adore musicals. I think we should be free to burst into song from time to time, declaring the manifold virtues of a blind date or our frustration with the long line at the DMV. Needless to say, every year about this time I get excited thinking of the Dallas Summer Musicals lineup. Next week, Mel Brooks' The Producers comes to town, singing the story of hopelessly unlucky theatrical producer Max Bialystock, accountant Leo Bloom and their plot to make a fortune. The scam? Create a Broadway flop, raise much more money than is needed to produce it and take home the difference. Their musical? Springtime for Hitler. Songs like "Keep It Gay" and "Flaunt It If You Got It" showcase Brooks' patented style of dark humor and raucous silliness. So if you're the type to get "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" stuck in your head for days, get yourself to The Producers for another musical classic in the making. It runs June 7 through June 19 at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 8 p.m. June 12 and 2 p.m. June 16 at 909 First Ave. Tickets are $27 to $74; call 214-421-5678. --Leah Shafer
"Andy Timmons just may be the most versatile guitarist in the world!" says AndyTimmons.com. But this is no idle boast. Would you believe that this man has played with Kip Winger? Kip Winger! I tell you it's true! He shredded with Paula Abdul! This is no mortal man. This is a god, I say--a leather-pantsed god! We are chosen to glory in the fullness of his rock! Such steel in his gaze! Such fury in his ax! It is He Who Opened for Alice Cooper! And he's playing with...whom? Jefferson Starship? Oh, never mind. Timmons, Starship and Maylee Thomas perform during the KZPS Backyard BBQ from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Admission is free. Visit www.kzps.com. --Rick Kennedy
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The American sitcom is dying. People are too busy watching reality shows and sex-crazed dramas to give standard comedy a fair shake, but with so much unfunny drivel, who can blame 'em? The problem is a lack of stand-up stars, with Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey and even Ray Romano having left the networks. Now's the time for Richard Jeni to make his move. The comedian's not-quite-macho act has won over cable TV fans and award shows for nearly two decades, and he stops at the Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway, at 7 p.m. Friday to rattle off incisive bits from his latest HBO special, A Big, Steaming Pile of Me. Catch his sitcom-worthy act; tickets are $19 to $49 at 214-373-8000. --Sam Machkovech
Bad news: Latin Energy is not a new daily supplement endorsed by Shakira to give takers the kind of stamina the Colombian fireball uses as she belly dances, drums and sings in Spanish and English. Good news: It is a festival hosted by KNON and New South Wheels that features artists performing reggaeton (a blend of reggae, hip-hop and rap from Puerto Rico), cumbia (Colombia folk dance music), hip-hop and dance, including Play-N-Skillz, Trivales, Grupo Dezaztre, Bo Bo Luciano and Marcos Hernandez, plus more than 10 other artists and 20 DJs. It's noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Artist Square, 1800 Leonard St. Admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the show. Call 214-828-9500, ext. 222, or visit www.knon.org. --Shannon Sutlief