February 12–March 29, 2020
Bring Your Group

This World Premiere musical follows an ambitious midwesterner trying to make it in the big city, secrets and all.


Book by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen. Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler. Based on the Universal Pictures film, The Secret of My Success, story by AJ Carothers.

IS SUCCESS MONEY? A powerful job? A happy marriage? Join us for the World Premiere of The Secret of My Success, a hilarious, heartfelt new musical based on Universal Pictures film.

Brantley Foster, a young ambitious midwesterner, moves to New York City to start his dream job at a major corporation, only to be laid off on the very first day. In his relentless enthusiasm to succeed, Brantley finds himself tangled up in a sidesplitting scheme in which he assumes the identity of a rising executive named Carlton Whitfield.

As he climbs the corporate ladder, tirelessly concealing his identity, Brantley soon falls in love with a beautiful colleague named Christy and discovers that his definition of success might be all wrong. Will he get the job, win at love or just get caught?

Adapted from the smash 1987 Michael J. Fox movie that stayed at the top of the box office for 5 consecutive weeks, The Secret of My Success is a wild look at corporate culture, ambition and making your own way in life, all told with an outstanding score by Chicago favorites Mahler and Schmuckler, big production numbers and a book that will have you laughing all the way home. Be the first to see AND hear it.

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Meet the Team

Artistic Team

Gordon Greenberg

Director & Book

Steve Rosen


Michael Mahler

Music and Lyrics

Alan Schmuckler

Music and Lyrics

Amber Mak


Charlie Rosen


Ian Weinberger

Music Supervisor

Tom Vendafreddo

Music Director/Conductor

Jeffrey D. Kmiec

Scenic Designer

Mara Blumenfeld

Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann

Lighting Designer

Adam Rosenthal

Sound Designer

Mike Tutaj

Projection Designer

Katie Cordts

Wig, Hair and Makeup Designer

Jesse Gaffney

Properties Designer

Ethan Deppe

Electronic Music Designer

Rachel Flesher

Intimacy & Fight Choreographer

Amber Johnson *

Stage Manager

Kathleen Barrett *

Assistant Stage Manager

Marty McGuire

Assistant Director

Charles Emery Ward

Associate Choreographer

Celia Villacres

Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor


Melody A. Betts *

Rose Lockhart, Ensemble

making Paramount Theatre debut

Dara Cameron *

Ensemble, u/s Joanne Foster, u/s Vera Prescott

making Paramount Theatre debut

Brandon Dahlquist *

Ensemble, u/s Piers Johnson, u/s Garth Portnoy, Fight Captain

making Paramount Theatre debut

Vasily Deris

Ensemble, u/s Lester Mann

previously in The Secret of My Success, Newsies and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Kai Edgar

Ernie Lockhart

making Paramount Theatre debut

Veronica Garza

Ensemble, u/s Sylvia Popkin

making Paramount Theatre debut

Carisa Gonzalez

Ensemble, u/s Christy Lockhart

previously in The Secret of My Success

Jeremy Peter Johnson *

Piers Johnson

making Paramount Theatre debut

Madison Kauffman


previously in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

George Keating *

Ensemble, Dance Captain

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

Heidi Kettenring *

Vera Prescott

making Paramount Theatre debut

Jake Morrissy

Ensemble, u/s Brantley Foster/Carlton Whitfield

previously in The Producers, Elf, The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia!

Sydney Morton *

Christy Lockhart

making Paramount Theatre debut

Barbara E. Robertson *

Joanne Foster

making Paramount Theatre debut

Camille Robinson *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Alexis J. Roston *

Ensemble, u/s/ Rose Lockhart

previously in Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair

Ezekiel Ruiz

u/s Ernie Lockhart

making Paramount Theatre debut

Gabriel Ruiz *

Lester Mann

making Paramount Theatre debut

Haley Jane Schafer

Ensemble, Swing

previously in The Producers, The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia!

Jonathan Schwart


making Paramount Theatre debut

Sara Sevigny *

Sylvia Popkin, Ensemble

previously in Mamma Mia!

Ian Michael Stuart *

Garth Portnoy

making Paramount Theatre debut

Billy Harrigan Tighe *

Brantley Foster/Carlton Whitfield

making Paramount Theatre debut

Charles Emery Ward

Ensemble, Swing

Previously in Beauty and the Beast, Elf and The Little Mermaid

Travis Austin Wright


previously in Newsies and The Wizard of Oz

* 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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