“The Producers” wows at Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora

Bialystock and Bloom are in business in the City of Lights with a hit.

“The Producers” opened at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora on February 6. The almost-20-year-old Broadway smash hit raked in a dozen Tony Awards, and it will be no surprise if it sets another record for the Paramount at next year’s Jeff Awards.

“The Producers” is well-steeped in Mel Brooks humor, which entertains at every turn, but it’s the Corti touch that resonates. Artistic Director Jim Corti directed “The Producers,” and he knocked it out of the park.

Corti and his team make every moment stunning on the Paramount stage in front of an impressively well-stacked set design. No line of dialogue is lost, and every number is a show-stopper.

Corti teams once again with 16-time Paramount music director Tom Vendafreddo, while he welcomes acclaimed Chicago choreographer Brenda Didier for her Paramount debut with The Producers. Cast as the iconic lead characters are Blake Hammond as Max Bialystock, Jake Morrissy as Leo Bloom, Sean Blake as Roger DeBris, Elyse Collier as Ulla, Adam Fane as Carmen Ghia and Ron E. Rains as Franz Liebkind. The production boasts a multi-talented 20-member ensemble, an A-list design team, and per usual, the original Broadway orchestrations performed live by the 21-member Paramount Theatre Orchestra.

The cast keeps the energy going from “Opening Night” to “Goodbye!” From the incredible cast to the “wow” factor of the set, “The Producers” is a must-see Paramount show.

Paramount presents The Producers February 6-March 17, 2019: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at
3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Single tickets are $36 to $69. For tickets, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reminder to little old ladies: The Producers is suggested for young adults 18 years and older for strong language, sexual humor and adult content.

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