January 20, 2016 – February 21, 2016
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“So much fun… pure energy… must-see… Dean’s List ‘A'” Dean Richards, WGN-TV & Radio

“Infectious beat… Broadway-size spectacle… worth the trip? Absolutely” Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Larger-than-life… an engine of motion… highly recommended” Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program.

When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.

Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray is a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos. More importantly, under all the glitz, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone.


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There will be two certified sign interpreters translating all dialogue and lyrics into American Sign Language at Hairspray on Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. To reserve your tickets, call 630.896.6666 or email boxoffice@paramountarts.com with subject line: Sign Interpreted Performance.


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Meet the Team


Annie Jo Fischer

Annie Jo Fischer is a Chicagoland performer, educator, and choreographer, holding a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Annie Jo has choreographed close to 100 musicals on various Chicagoland stages as well as taught various styles of dance at studios, schools, and in master class workshops across the Chicago area suburbs, specializing in tap and musical theatre. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College, teaching all levels of tap in the musical theatre program, and on faculty at the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, owned and operated by Brenda Didier.

Mallory Maedke

Mallory Maedke is an original Broadway cast member of SIX the Musical as an alternate queen and the Dance Captain. She has also performed at The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and during the Pre Broadway Engagement of SIX at Ordway Centre of the Arts she took over the role of Jane Seymour.

Amelia Jo Parish

Tracy Turnblad

making Paramount Theatre debut

Michael Kingston

Edna Turnblad

making Paramount Theatre debut

E. Faye Butler *

Motormouth Maybelle

making Paramount Theatre debut

Devin DeSantis *

Corny Collins

previously in The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Les Misérables and The Who’s Tommy

Gilbert Domally

Seaweed J. Stubbs

previously in HairsprayThe Little MermaidJesus Christ SuperstarElf and Cabaret

Michael Ehlers *

Wilber Turnblad

previously in Legally Blonde, Elf, The Little Mermaid and Hairspray

Landree Fleming

Penny Pingleton

making Paramount Theatre debut

Henry McGinniss *

Link Larkin

making Paramount Theatre debut

Samantha Pauly *

Amber Von Tussle

previously in Hairspray

Heather Townsend *

Velma Von Tussle

making Paramount Theatre debut

Ariana Burks

Little Inez

making Paramount Theatre debut

David Davis


making Paramount Theatre debut

Annie Jo Ermel

Tammy, u/s Penny Pingleton

making Paramount Theatre debut

Adam Fane

IQ, u/s Link Larkin

previously in The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia, Hairspray and Mary Poppins

Megan E. Farley *

Brenda, u/s Female Authority Figure

previously in Elf, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Hairspray

Allyson Graves *

Lou Ann/Ensemble

previously in The Wizard of OzElf, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Hairspray, Oklahoma! and Mary Poppins

Allie Jae

Kamilah, Dynamite

making Paramount Theatre debut

Danielle Jackman

Lorraine, Ensemble, u/s Dynamites, u/s Little Inez

making Paramount Theatre debut

Alex John Johnson


making Paramount Theatre debut

Reneisha J Jenkins *

Shayna, Dynamite, u/s Motormouth Maybelle

making Paramount Theatre debut

George Keating *

Male Authority Figure, u/s Edna Turnblad, u/s Wilbur Turnblad

previously in Beauty and the Beast, Elf, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Les Misérables, Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

James Lee *

Fender, u/s Male Authority Figure, u/s Corny Collins

previously in My Fair Lady

Mallory Maedke

Cindy, u/s Tracy Turnblad

previously in HairsprayMamma Mia! and The Little Mermaid

Ericka Mac *

Female Authority Figure, u/s Velma Von Tussle, Dance Captain

previously in CATS

John Marshall Jr.


making Paramount Theatre debut

Brian A. Nelson Jr.


Paramount Theatre debut

Mollyanne Nunn

Shelley, u/s Amber Von Tussle

making Paramount Theatre debut

Jaymes Osborne

Gilbert, u/s Seaweed J. Stubbs

making Paramount Theatre debut

Carlita Victoria *

Judine, Dynamite

making Paramount Theatre debut

Phil Young


Paramount Theatre Debut

Artistic Team

Megan E. Farley

Associate Director/Associate Choreographer

Megan E. Farley is a director/choreographer currently serving as Associate Director for SIX on Broadway. Before making her Broadway debut with SIX, Megan held an extensive career in the Chicago and Regional theater circuits.

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
† indicates member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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