Paper Mill The Producers Begins Previews

News   Paper Mill The Producers Begins Previews The Mel Brooks musical is playing a limited engagement at the New Jersey venue.
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The Paper Mill Playhouse production of the multiple Tony-winning musical The Producers plays the New Jersey venue September 28-October 23.

Directed by Don Stephenson and choreographed by Bill Burns, opening night is scheduled for October 2. The limited engagement utilizes the original Broadway direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.

Leading the company are Michael Kostroff as Max Bialystock, David Josefsberg as Leo Bloom, Ashley Spencer as Ulla, Kevin Pariseau as Roger De Bris, Mark Price as Carmen Ghia and John Treacy Egan as Franz Liebkind. Rounding out the ensemble are Jacob ben Widmar, Michael Biren, Courtney Brady, Tim Capodice, Jesse Carrey-Beaver, Scott Cote, Madeleine Doherty, Hannah Flam, Brad Frenette, John Jeffords, Jeffrey Johnson II, Naomi Kakuk, Jenny Laroche, Liz McKendry, Kelly Peterson, Emily Jeanne Phillips, Jessica Sheridan and Kate Wesler.

“It's a thrill to revisit this hilarious show as a director, having played the part of Leo on tour and on Broadway,” commented director Stephenson in an earlier statement. “To build The Producers at Paper Mill Playhouse is ideal. The facilities and the support that artists receive make for an enjoyable and seamless creative process.”

The Producers, which won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, features music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan. The musical, according to press notes, is the “hilarious smash hit about two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.”

The creative team also includes music director James P. Moore, original scenic designer Robin Wagner, scenic coordinator David Peterson, original costume designer William Ivey Long, costume coordinator Martha Bromelmeier, lighting designer John Lasiter, sound designer Randy Hansen, hair and wig designer Paul Huntley and makeup designer Angelina Avallone, with casting by Telsey + Company. The production stage manager is Gary Mickelson.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org.

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