March 6 – April 1, 2018 Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan • Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
With the worst play, worst director, and worst actors in New York, how could they go right? Mel Brooks’ The Producers opened on Broadway to historic, unanimous rave reviews, earning a record-breaking twelve Tony Awards. This laugh-out-loud musical is the story of scheming producer Max Bialystock and his mousy accountant Leo Bloom. They discover that under the right circumstances they could make more money producing a flop than a hit. But what will they do when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise sensation? This side-splitting tour-de-force spoofs grand, old-fashioned Broadway musicals while paying tribute to them all at the same time.
“A combination of unstoppable laughter and sheer happiness” – Daily Telegraph Directed by Keith Baker
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Meet the Cast
DANNY RUTIGLIANO (Max Bialystock) returns to BRT after his Barrymore nominated performance as Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha and as King Herod in last season’s critically acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar. Broadway credits include the original Broadway and Los Angeles casts of The Lion King (L.A. Ovation Award, Best Supporting Actor as Timon), Billy Elliot, Born Yesterday, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, and as Danny Reed in Holiday Inn, which was recently seen on PBS Great Performances. National tours include Elf, The Musical which also played at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and in the starring role of Marty Schmelky in the international tour of Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Schpeel. For the NY City Centre ENCORES! Series he starred in the title role of Fiorello! as well as Bells Are Ringing, Kismet, The New Moon and One Touch of Venus. Off-Broadway includes Silk Stockings, Hollywood Pinafore, Godspell, Yiddle With a Fiddle, Topper and Daydreams: The Music and Magic of Doris Day. Danny was also seen in the new musical A Scythe of Time at the NYMF Festival which also recently played a concert version at STUDIO 54. His TV/Film credits include Blue Bloods, Elementary, HAPPYish, Bored to Death, Without a Trace, all the Law & Order shows, My Big Fat Greek Life (original pilot), Three Sisters, Naked Brothers Band, Goodfellas, 13, the voice of Timothy Mouse in Disney’s Dumbo II and as a dancing Hitler in The Producers. Danny has appeared extensively in regional theatre and has done numerous commercials and voiceovers. He recently completed the lab for the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice. dannyrutigliano.com
MICHAEL DOHERTY (Leo Bloom) is making his Bristol Riverside debut! Off-Broadway: Dublin By Lamplight (59E59/Inis Nua); Regional: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Arden Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, People’s Light and Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Act II Playhouse, Montgomery Theatre, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, and more. Winner of the 2017 Theatre Bay Area Award for Leading Performance in a Play, the 2013 Independent TV Festival Award for Best Writing, and the 2011 Barrymore Award for Supporting Actor in a Musical. B.F.A. University of the Arts. Love to Alex and the Dohertys. www.MikeDoh.com
JULIANNA BABB (Ensemble/Kiss-Me, Feel-Me) is thrilled to be making her Bristol Riverside Theatre debut! Recent credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Story, The Musical (Media Theatre), Crazy for You, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein (New Candlelight Theatre), Sideshow, Legally Blonde (UArts). Julianna also directs and choreographs youth productions at Music Theatre Philly and the Ogunquit Playhouse. Training: UArts. Thanks Mom!
NICOLE BENOIT (Ulla) is tickled pink to be “shtrooting her shtoof” at BRT as “Ulla”, where she will have 1000% more costume changes in one show than her last 2 years combined with Chicago the Musical (Roxie, Hunyak, Kitty). Other favorite credits: The Producers (Ulla; BroadwayWorld Best Actress Nom.); Cabaret (Sally Bowles); Papermill Playhouse; Pittsburgh CLO. TV/Print: Target, Inside Amy Schumer, New York Magazine, Emily Hsu Designs. Follow Nicole and her adventures in NYC, abroad and with her beloved #TEAM at www.NicoleBenoitOnline.com @nicolebenoitonline
LUKE BRADT (Ensemble/Mr. Marks/Jason Green/Judge/Trustee) Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Luke received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Recent credits include Annie (Walnut Street Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, 1776 (Media Theatre), Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto (People’s Light), and Spamalot (Resident Theatre Company). www.lukebradt.com
KATHRYN BRUNNER (Ensemble/Usherette) is super excited to be working with this awesome team here at BRT! She loves being home in the Philly-area where she grew up and where she recently graduated from Temple University in 2016 for Musical Theatre. Favorite roles include Laurey in Oklahoma! (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), Mary Phagan in Parade (Arden Theatre Company), and Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Ocean City Theatre Company). Upcoming: Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Pioneer Theatre Company). When she’s not performing, Kathryn is a fitness trainer at Body By Simone NYC. Love to 3116, Mom, Matt, and J!
NICOLE CALABRESE (Ensemble) is so excited to be making her BRT debut! She was recently seen onstage at The Candlelight Theatre as Patsy in Crazy For You. Credits include Spamalot (Resident Theatre Company), Mary Poppins, 9 to 5 (Jenny Wiley Theatre), Mame, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Hello, Dolly!, A Christmas Story, The Musical (The Media Theatre), Footloose, Catch Me If You Can (The Eagle Theatre), A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse). Thanks to Stephen, so thrilled to be working together again after 8 long years!
ZACHARY CHIERO (Ensemble/Donal Dinsmore/Baliff) is so excited to make his debut at Bristol Riverside Theatre in The Producers! After touring nationally with Enchantment Theatre Company for four years, Zachary has most recently performed with The Arden, Act II Playhouse, Resident Theatre Company, 11th Hour, The Media Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, The Candlelight Theatre and others. Zachary is a proud company member of Tribe of Fools, where he has recently performed in Fringe favorites, Antihero and Fishtown. Love to Dallas. zacharyjchiero.com
JOHN D. DIFERDINANDO (Ensemble/Kevin/Jack Lepidus/O’Riley) is excited to be returning for a fifth time to BRT, having been part of the ensembles for Ragtime, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, and as a vocalist in the When America Sings Summer Music Fest concert. John earned a BA from Temple University’s Department of Theater as a member of both the acting and musical theater concentrations. His recent appearances include Harry in the concert version of the new musical, Forever in OZ, at the Ritz Theatre, Tom in The Glass Menagerie at the Steel River Playhouse, and Jasper in The Dolls of New Albion with the Manayunk Theatre Company. John has directed 13 The Musical and will be directing She Loves Me (this May/June), both at Steel River Playhouse. As always, John thanks his family, friends, Cara, and BRT family – Susan, Keith, Stephen, David, and Greg – for their continued support.
BECCA GOEBEL (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her BRT debut! Favorite credits include: Princess Brooke- Dutch Wonderland (RWS Entertainment Group), The Pirates of Penzance (Mauckingbird Theater Co.), Anything Goes (Temple Theaters), and Urinetown (Popovsky Performing Arts). Much love to her family and friends. Temple Made and Temple Proud. Website: www.becca-goebel.com
FRED INKLEY (Franz Liebkind) is pleased to be making his Bristol Riverside Theatre debut. BROADWAY: Les Misérables (Valjean – ‘95/‘98); Annie (Drake/FDR/Bert Healy); The Addams Family (Lurch/Mal Beineke); Company, Lincoln Center (Vocal Minority); A Tale of Two Cities (Stryver); The Boys from Syracuse (Sergeant); The Nutty Professor (Murray/Maury) Birdland Jazz Club, NYC; Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Madison Square Garden (Yukon Cornelius). TOUR: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast – Helen Hayes and Jeff Awards nominations); Les Misérables (Valjean – Jeff Award nomination). REGIONAL: Mamma Mia (Bill), Ogunquit Playhouse and Gateway Playhouse; Ever After (Auguste), Paper Mill Playhouse; Les Misérables (Valjean), North Shore Music Theater [NETC nomination] and PCLO; Aida (Zoser), PCLO; Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Ritz Theater; Boston Pops Guest Artist. MOVIE: P.S. I Love You (Gay Man #2). TV: The Good Cop, Netflix series (Sgt. Wickes). Love to Mom (Janet), wife (Tori), and children (Zach, Kiersten, and Maddie) for years of unconditional love and support. Proud member of Actors’ Equity
LOUIS JANNUZZI III (Ensemble/Foreman of Jury) is thrilled to be making his BRT debut! Previous equity credits include Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof (The Fiddler), Julius Caesar, and Evita. Also, recently was the Lead in the new Gatorade web-series Football, Texas. Thanks to Keith, Stephen, the cast, crew, pit, and all involved in this incredible production. “My family is in my heart.” www.LouisJannuzzi.com. Instagram: @loujacuzzi
LAUREN KRIGEL (Ensemble/Usherette/Lick-Me, Bite-Me) is excited to be back at Bristol Riverside Theatre having been seen last in the ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar. She is a piano/voice teacher and musical theatre actress in Philadelphia. Upon graduating from Boston University, Lauren has performed at the Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Candlelight Dinner Theatre, Ritz Theatre and Music Mountain Theatre. Most recently she was seen as Christine in Phantom at Music Mountain Theatre and Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Candlelight. Some of her favorite roles include Emma (Jekyll and Hyde), Anna (The King and I), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Meg (Little Women). All my love to Jon, my girls Lillian and Abigail and my family who I couldn’t do this without! www.laurenkrigel.com
KEITH LIVINGSTON (Ensemble) is excited to return to BRT after last being seen in the non-stop ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar. NYC: Sleep Over Stories (New Brooklyn Theatre), Yes is for a Very Young Man (Target Margin Theatre). Regional: The Tempest (Toms River Shakespeare Fest.), Twelfth Night (Elm Shakespeare Co.), Return of the Phantom (Broadway Theatre of Pitman). Other favorite credits include The School for Wives (Horace), Spring Awakening (Melchior) and Rent (Benny). Up next: Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet (Lantern Theatre Company). KeithLivingston.net
PATRICK LUDT (Ensemble/Bryan/Lead Tenor) is very excited to be making his BRT debut in this production of The Producers. Patrick is a proud member of AEA and has appeared in numerous productions at the Bucks County Playhouse, Surflight, and the Media Theatre. Most recently as Dr. Madden in their production of Next to Normal. Patrick is a resident of Doylestown, and is very grateful for the love and support of his wife Nicole, his two girls Vienna and Verona, and dog Buckley. Check out his website patrickludt.com
NIKLAUS MILLER (Ensemble/O’Rourke/Associate Dance Captain) is thrilled to be making his BRT debut! He discovered his love for performing back in first grade when he landed the role of Sandy the dog in Annie. Favorite credits include: Oliver! (Ensemble) at the Palace Theatre, Beauty and the Beast (Fork/Dance Captain) at the Media Theatre, Little Mermaid (Kelp #3); West Side Story (Action) at Ocean City Theatre Company and …Whorehouse (Aggie/Quartet) at Arizona Broadway Theatre. When not performing, Nik lives in NYC where he is a professional manny and father to his sweet dog, Vincent. Instagram [@npmiller7]. Enjoy the show!
JAMES E. OFALT (Ensemble/Sergeant/Guard) is excited to perform for the first time at Bristol Riverside Theatre. Recent notable roles include Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, Smudge in Plaid Tidings, and the title role in Don Giovanni.
MORGAN REYNOLDS (Carmin Ghia) Once met Laura Benanti at Dunkin’ Donuts and complimented her reuse-able bag. Recent Credits: Legally Blonde *Abridged (ACBD 59th St. subway platform). Follow and like his selfies on Insta @MorganWReynolds
DOMINICK SANNELLI (Ensemble/Scott) is overjoyed to be returning to BRT. He was last seen on this stage with last year’s smash, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Pirates of Penzance. Dominick attended Point Park University for two years before leaving on the North American Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble u/s Uncle Henry). Regional: Sign of the Seahorse, Kennedy Center. Other theater credits: Madagascar (Dreamworks workshop), “21” the musical (World Premiere), Pittsburgh Playhouse. Film: Silver Linings Playbook. Gratitude and love to the best family in the world.
JO TWISS (Hold-Me, Touch-Me/Shirley) returns to BRT after a remarkable run in Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole at People’s Light in Malvern, PA. Other theatre credits include: Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; recent regional credits: Rabbit Hole (Theatre with a View), The Roommate (Florida Studio Theatre), By the Water (Premier Stage), Steel Magnolias, and Rumors (Bristol Riverside Theatre), as well as Romeo and Juliet and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among others. Television/Film Includes: The Affair, Seven Seconds, House of Cards, and she is a “repeat offender” on all the Law and Order series. She is also a nurse and has taught acting at various universities and theaters on the east coast.
DANNY VACCARO (Roger DeBris/Dance Captain) is thrilled to be back at BRT: favorites include Richard in Time Stands Still, Ken in Rumors, Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Mitch in Tuesdays with Morrie, and Orin in Little Shop of Horrors. The last few years Danny has been touring the country with the Tony Award winning production of La Cage aux Folles and as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. New York credits include The Tinman in Madison Square Garden’s Wizard of Oz, Tripp in Streakin’, and Danny was critically acclaimed for the role of Sr. Robert Anne in Off-Broadway’s Nunsense A-Men. Select Regional: Charlie; The Foreigner, Pirelli; Sweeney Todd (Barter Theatre), Jacob Marley; A Xmas Carol (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Bobby; A Chorus Line (Walnut St.), William Batulcar; …80 Days (Fulton Opera House). TV: Law & Order-SVU, Younger. Danny is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Love to The Irish5, Jamie, family, Mom and Dad.
ERIKA WASKO (Ensemble) is making her BRT debut! New York: American Liberty Ballet (The Nutcracker, Clara; Romeo & Juliet, Benvolio), Metropolitan Repertory Ballet (The Nutcracker, Spanish Variation), Vital Theatre (The Butterfly Girl), The Secret Theatre (Dotty Dot, The Musical). Regional: The Media Theatre (Carousel, U/S Carrie Pipperidge & Louise; Beauty and the Beast; West Side Story), Surflight (Grease, Patty Simcox), GOCTC (Nunsense, Sister Mary Leo; Pinkalicious!, Pinkalicious; Mary Poppins; The Little Mermaid), The Ritz (42nd Street, Anytime Annie; Kiss Me, Kate). Choreography/Direction: Surflight (Rent, Asst. to the Director), GOCTC (Madagascar LIVE! A Musical Adventure; James and the Giant Peach; Fiddler on the Roof, Asst. to the Choreographer), St. Joseph’s College Bkln, NY Adjunct Professor. www.erikawasko.com
Additional support for this production has been provided by William & Linda Engle