Robin Lewis: If it's springtime, it must be Hitler

The TexARTS artistic director gets to goose the goose-steppers one more time in a regional production of The Producers

Robin Lewis: If it's springtime, it must be Hitler

TexARTS artistic director and Busiest Choreographer in Austin Robin Lewis has spent most of May in a Nazi uniform, but don't think that he's turned to the dark side. The 12-year Broadway veteran has gone all Aryan – even making his hair bottle-blond for the month – to goose the goose-steppers in a regional theatre production of Mel Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical The Producers. As Lewis was in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winner, North Shore Music Theatre artistic director/executive producer Barry Ivan invited him to come up to Beverly, Mass., and be in its New England regional premiere. Lewis thought it would be a kick to return to the show and so has been back in Nazi harness singing the lead tenor part in the musical's signature number, "Springtime for Hitler," for the three-week run. In an e-mail, Lewis reported that performances have sold out and that not only have audiences loved the show but so has the crew, applauding the cast after its curtain call. "To revisit this show after four years has been a lot of fun," he writes, adding that the company members are familiar with TexARTS and "everyone here wants to come down to Austin to work with our kids."

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