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Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit. And so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theatre history.

Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
A New Mel Brooks Musical

Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit. And so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theatre history. Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he’s now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as “beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls”). With the reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.

The Producers is an uproariously funny musical with hilarious songs that will have you grinning from ear to ear throughout. Nobody does comedy like Mel Brooks, and nobody does shows like the Paramount. Don’t miss it.

Did you know?

  • You may remember the movie with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, but did you know the original movie dated back to 1967 and starred Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder?
  • The challenge with this show is how to keep pace with the madness of this story, which is the true definition of a farce: “a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.”
  • This show is really big and will look spectacular. Moving from the office, to the street, to the stage, you’ll feel like you’re in the hustle and bustle of Broadway New York right on the Paramount stage.

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Meet the Team


Jessica Palkovic


Jessica is so excited to be teaching at The Paramount School! Jessi grew up in Peoria, IL, where her love for theatre and dance all began. Jessi studied dance with The Peoria Ballet and The Rock School for Dance Education. She also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, an international ballet competition, in 2010 and 2011. Jessi received her collegiate musical theatre training at The Chicago College of Performing Arts and Western Illinois University. Paramount theatre credits: Cabaret(Texas, u/s Sally), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble, u/s Dorothy) and The Producers (Ensemble). When Jessi isn’t singing and dancing, she enjoys hunting for donuts with her husband, Bobby, and cuddling with their cat, Leche. Jessi is represented by Gray Talent Group.

Blake Hammond *

Max Bialystock

making Paramount Theatre debut

Jake Morrissy *

Leo Bloom

previously in The Secret of My Success, The Producers, Elf, The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia!

Sean Blake *

Roger DeBris

making Paramount Theatre debut

Elyse Collier *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Adam Fane *

Carmen Ghia

previously in Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The Producers, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia, Hairspray and Mary Poppins

Ron E. Rains *

Franz Liebkind

previously in The Producers, Cabaret and Beauty and the Beast

Miranda Borkan


making Paramount Theatre debut

Matt Casey *

Ensemble, Jack Lepidus, u/s Leo Bloom

previously in Elf

Jenna Coker-Jones *

Ensemble, Lick-me Bite-me

previously in Legally Blonde

Bethany Christine Elkin


making Paramount Theatre debut

Erica Evans *


previously in Oklahoma!

Allyson Graves *

Ensemble, u/s Ulla

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

Kaitlin Jempson

Ensemble, Swing

making Paramount Theatre debut

Christopher Kelley *

Ensemble, Guard

previously in Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, The Producers and The Wizard of Oz

Bernell Lassai III

Ensemble, Accountant Soloist, O'Houlihan

previously in Beauty and the Beast and The Producers

Ivory Leonard IV

Ensemble, Swing

previously in Newsies and The Producers

Eben K. Logan *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Nathan Mittleman *

Ensemble, Lead Storm Trooper

previously in 42nd Street

Jessica Palkovic


previously in The Wizard of Oz and Cabaret

Brandon Pisano

Ensemble, Kevin, Donald Dinsmore, Trustee

making Paramount Theatre debut

Sara Reinecke *

Ensemble, Usherette #2, Hold-me Touch-me, Shirley

previously in Kinky Boots, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Legally Blonde, Elf, and Mamma Mia!

Jason Richards *

Ensemble, Bryan, Jason Green, Sergeant, Judge u/s Max Bialystock, u/s Franz Liebkind

previously in Cinderella, The Producers and A Christmas Story

Elena Rios *


previously in Elf and West Side Story

Haley Jane Schafer *

Ensemble, Usherette #1

previously in The Secret of My Success, Newsies, The Producers, Elf, The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia!

Sawyer Smith *

Ensemble, Blind Soloist, Scott, Dance Captain, u/s Roger DeBris, u/s Carmen Ghia

previously in Cats, Rent and A Chorus Line

Anthony Sullivan Jr. *


previously in The Producers, The Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid and West Side Story

Marco Tzunux

Ensemble, O'Riley, Foreman of Jury

making Paramount Theatre debut

J Tyler Whitmer *


previously in The Producers, The Wizard of OzLegally Blonde, Cabaret, Elf, The Little Mermaid, Oklahoma! and Miss Saigon

Artistic Team

Jim Corti


Paramount Theatre’s Artistic Director and 8-time Jeff Award winner

Brenda Didier


Tom Vendafreddo

Music Director and Conductor

William Boles

Scenic Designer

Jordan Ross

Costume Designer

Jesse Klug

Lighting Designer

Mike Tutaj

Projection Designer

Adam Rosenthal

Sound Designer

Katie Cordts

Wig, Hair & Makeup Designer

Ethan Deppe

Electronic Music Designer

Jaq Seifert

Fight & Firearm Choreographer

Susan Gosdick

Dialect Coach

Jinni Pike *

Stage Manager

Nora Mally *

Assistant Stage Manager

Trent Stork

Associate Director

Tiffany Krause

Associate Choreographer

Kory Danielson

Assistant Music Director & Associate Conductor

* 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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Behind the Scenes

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