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THE PRODUCERS Begins Tonight at The John W. Engeman Theater

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The John W. Engeman Theater announces the cast and creative team for THE PRODUCERS. Performances begin tonight, May 28, 2015 at 8:00pm and run through July 12, 2015.

THE PRODUCERS tells the story of a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, and a nerdy, young accountant, Leo Bloom, who concoct a scheme to raise thousands of dollars from backers and then put on a flop of a show. With all the money that will be left over, the pair will be rich! Only one thing goes wrong: the show is a gigantic hit! With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"

THE PRODUCERS is produced by RICHARD T. DOLCE the Engeman Theater's Producing Artistic Director. It is directed by IGOR GOLDIN (Engeman Theater: Evita!, The Music Man, Twelve Angry Men and South Pacific. Off-Broadway: YANK!, With Glee, A Ritual of Faith, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Crossing Swords. Regional: Molly Sweeney, Learning How to Drown; An Irish Musical, Crossing Swords and Tick, Tick...BOOM!). Choreography is by ANTOINETTE DIPIETROPOLO (Engeman Theater: A Christmas Story - The Musical, Evita!, The Music Man, South Pacific, Hairspray, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change and Nunsense. Off Broadway: With Glee. Regional: Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Ragtime. National Tour: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Associate Director/Choreographer for The Big Apple Circus.) and Musical Direction is by JAMES OLMSTEAD (Engeman Theater: A Chorus Line, Evita, The Music Man, White Christmas, South Pacific).

The Design Team is DANIEL WILLIS (Scenic Design), KURT ALGER (Wig & Costume Design), DRISCOLL OTTO (Lighting Design), LAURA SHUBERT (Sound Design), BRYAN PRYWES (Props Design) WOJCIK/SEAY CASTING, LLC (Casting Director) and TREY COMPTON (Assistant Director).

The cast of THE PRODUCERS features:

STUART ZAGNIT (Max Bialystock) Broadway: Newsies, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Seussical, The Wild Party, The People In The Picture. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors, All In the Timing, Lucky Stiff, Kuni-Leml and The Grand Tour. Nat'l tours: Grinch, Crazy For You, Into The Woods, Applause. Regional: Fiddler On The Roof, The Sound Of Music. TV: "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "30 ROCK," "Law & Order's," "Small Miracles" Film: "According to Greta" and original voice of Pokemon's Professor Oak.

JOEL NEWSOME (Leo Bloom) Broadway: The Producers, 42nd Street. National Tours: Billy Elliot, The Producers. Regional Theaters include: Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, Alhambra Theatre, Playhouse on Park, Arizona Theatre Co, Westchester Broadway, and Florida Studio Theatre.

GINA MILO (Ulla) Engeman Theater: Plaza Suite, Hairspray and Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway: Les Miserables (Eponine). National Tours: Les Miserables, Annie, Best Little Whorehouse. Regional: Xanadu. Enter Laughing, Spamalot, Civil War, Das Barbecu and Lucky Stiff.

JOHN PLUMPIS (Franz Liebkind) National Tours: The Lion King, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Barrymore starring Christopher Plummer and the 2011 film. NYC: Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, The Mint, company member TACT.

IAN KNAUER (Roger Debris) Broadway: Mamma Mia!, State Fair, By Jeeves (Rev. Pinker). Off-Broadway: York Theatre, NYMF, NY City Opera, Carnegie Hall, six shows at Encores! National/International Tours: The Wizard of Oz, Bugle Boy, Doctor Dolittle, Sunset Blvd., 42nd Street. UK: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End), The Sound of Music, Chicago, Steel Pier.

CHRISTOPHER SLOAN (Carmen Ghia) NYC/Off-Broadway: All Shook Up, Friends and Relations, Joy and Richard Rodgers' Broadway. Regional: Cabaret starring Debbie Gibson, Hairspray, How to Succeed, Spamalot and The Wizard of Oz. National Tours: Cabaret and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Petula Clark. TV: The Knick, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and Night of Too Many Stars on Comedy Central.

The cast also includes: PIM VAN AMERONGEN, EMILY BLAKE ANDERSON, ABBY BARTISH, MOLLY JEAN BLODGETT, MARY CALLAHAN, MICHAEL J. FARINA, CARL DEFOREST HENDIN, JEFFREY JOHNSON II, LARRY A. LOZIER Jr., SUZANNE MASON, LAURA OTREMBA, CALEB SCHAAF, ERICA WILPON.


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