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New Season Tickets On Sale Aug 8

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  The Producers    ●   The Bodyguard (US Premiere Musical)
A Comedy of Tenors   ●  Million Dollar Quartet   ●   Mary Poppins

 

Paper Mill will begin selling tickets to the general public for its 2016–17 season on Mon, Aug 8.

(Millburn, NJ) Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) will begin selling tickets to the general public for its 2016–2017 season on Monday, August 8. The theater announced the lineup for its 2016–2017 season, featuring four musicals, one play and a highly anticipated US premiere in February, but only season ticket buyers have had access to purchase seats. 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 PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Students may order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance. Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling 973.315.3717 or by clicking here. Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2016–2017 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.
 
Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2016–2017 season with the Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud musical spectacle The Producers (Sept 28–Oct 23). In November, Paper Mill Playhouse will launch the national tour of the US premiere musical The Bodyguard (Nov 25–Jan 1) starring Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London’s West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including best new musical and won best new musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. In February, Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Comedy of Tenors (Feb 1–Feb 26), the critically acclaimed sequel to Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor.  Paper Mill Playhouse presented Lend Me a Tenor in 2013 and it remains one of the theater’s most popular plays. Next spring, Paper Mill Playhouse will bring some classic rock to New Jersey with Million Dollar Quartet (March 29–April 23), the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Paper Mill Playhouse will close its 78th season with the practically perfect musical, Mary Poppins (May 24–June 25). Based on the book by P.L. Travers and one of the most popular films of all time, Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.

 
“Paper Mill Playhouse continues its legacy of bringing the finest musical theater to the audiences of New Jersey and beyond,”

 commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater.

 “We are excited to launch the US premiere musical and national tour of The Bodyguard right here in Millburn. Each time Paper Mill Playhouse has produced a show that has a life beyond our theater, it brings great pride to the people of our state. Paper Mill Playhouse is a leading exporter of art in New Jersey, and we are ecstatic to continue that tradition.”

 

“Paper Mill Playhouse has increased its subscriber base to 22,000 this year,”

remarked Managing Director Todd Schmidt.

 “Our subscribers want to be a part of the Paper Mill Playhouse resurgence as we have once again established ourselves as a leader in American musical theater. Subscribers are able to get the best seats at the best price with special insider benefits. Of course, none of what we do would be possible without the generous support of our subscribers, donors, patrons, foundations, and corporate partners, including the many years of season sponsorship from our friends at Investors Bank.” 

 

Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday – Sunday. Three, four, and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at just $107. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits. Titles, casting and dates subject to change.

 


Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2016–2017 Season


The Producers 115x115The Producers
September 28 – October 23, 2016
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Original Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman
Major support for The Producers is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Paper Mill Playhouse produces Mel Brooks’ award-winning comic musical masterpiece. The Producers 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 show took Broadway by storm in 2001, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards.


The Bodyguard 115x115The Bodyguard (US Premiere)
November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Based on Lawrence Kasdan's 1992 Warner Bros. film
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Directed by Thea Sharrock
Choreographed by Karen Bruce

The award-winning musical based on the iconic film, starring Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”


Tenors 115x115Ken Ludwig’s
A Comedy of Tenors
February 1 – February 26, 2017

The sequel to the grand-slam comedy Lend Me a Tenor!  One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It's 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century—as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep the amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. An uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.
 


Million D Quartet 115x115Million Dollar Quartet
March 29 – April 23, 2017
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
 
The smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On Dec 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Featuring a score of hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio for one unforgettable night.


Mary Poppins 115x115Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
Mary Poppins
May 24 – June 25, 2017
Based on the Stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh
 
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is one of the most popular films of all time reconceived for the stage by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). Mary Poppins takes us on a magical and memorable adventure. It’s an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and a little bit of magic. Among its accolades, Mary Poppins received nominations for nine Olivier Awards and seven Tony Awards, including best musical. Treat the entire family to this treasured story.
 

Paper Mill Playhouse offers its audience an opportunity to enhance their theater experience with behind-the-scenes views of mainstage productions. Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek behind the curtain? Or wondered what the director was thinking, or how the cast prepares for a show? Join us for one of many revealing insider’s experiences.  Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website for dates for our Director's Viewpoint Series, Conversation Club Series, Q&A’s With the Cast and more.
 
Paper Mill Playhouse offers people with disabilities the opportunity to see live theater with dignity and independence through a myriad of award-winning access programs and services, including audio description and sensory seminars for the blind, Braille and large-print programs, American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf, open-captioning for those with hearing loss, and assistive listening devices.


PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.                            


 

FREE Summer Children’s Book Reading Series

Each week the theater will present a different book

Read more: FREE Summer Children’s Book Reading Series


 

NEW VOICES 2016: Everything Old Is New Again

The concert is the culmination of the five-week program by students as part of the theater’s prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2016.

Read more: NEW VOICES 2016: Everything Old Is New Again


 

Rising Star Award Winners

See who took home the top prizes.

Read more: Rising Star Award Winners


 

Rising Star Award Nominations Announced

See all the nominations here and watch the ceremony live on June 7.

Read more: Rising Star Award Nominations Announced


 

PAPER MILL RECEIVES A TONY AWARD!

The Regional Theatre Tony Award will be presented at the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.

Read more: PAPER MILL RECEIVES A TONY AWARD!


 

Cast Announced for West Side Story

Directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Jerome Robbins’ original choreography recreated by Alex Sanchez

Read more: Cast Announced for West Side Story


 

Paper Mill Playhouse Gala

Honoring Robert De Niro, Alan Menken, Chazz Palminteri, Glenn Slater, Sergio Trujillo, Jerry Zaks and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Governor Brendan T. Byrne


PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE GALA HONORING ROBERT DE NIRO, ALAN MENKEN, CHAZZ PALMINTERI, GLENN SLATER, SERGIO TRUJILLO, JERRY ZAKS, AND A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR GOVERNOR BRENDAN T. BYRNE

(Millburn, NJ) Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is hosting its largest fundraising event of the year, the Paper Mill Playhouse Gala on Friday, May 6, at the renowned Hilton Short Hills. The reception and silent auction begin at 6PM followed by dinner and dancing featuring The Eddie Bruce Band. The Paper Mill Playhouse Gala will feature performances from cast members of Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of A Bronx Tale: The Musical and West Side Story. In addition, students from Paper Mill’s education programs will be featured with a special performance from star of NBC’s The Wiz Live, Shanice Williams. The gala is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank, Hilton Short Hills, Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design and Dior. For more information on the Paper Mill Playhouse Gala or to purchase individual tickets, tables or raffle tickets, please contact Leigh Schaedel at 973.315.1663, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit Paper Mill Playhouse’s website, PaperMill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse is a not-for-profit arts organization that relies on philanthropic support to make its breathtaking productions, professional training programs, celebrated arts education and outreach possible. All proceeds from the gala support these programs. 

 
“Nearly 350 of our theater’s community of influential business executives, civic leaders, discerning consumers and tastemakers will gather together for an evening that reflects the heart, artistry and vitality of Paper Mill Playhouse,”

stated Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director. 

“We are excited to honor the creative team behind Paper Mill Playhouse’s hit musical A Bronx Tale. Bringing together the best creative minds to create something new is core to Paper Mill Playhouse’s mission. We hope you will join us in celebrating the work of Robert De Niro, Alan Menken, Chazz Palminteri, Glenn Slater, Sergio Trujillo and Jerry Zaks."


 
“Governor Brendan T. Byrne will be presented with a lifetime achievement award for his unwavering commitment to the arts in New Jersey, presented by Governor Thomas H. Kean,”

said Todd Schmidt, the theater’s Managing Director.

“Brendan has been an advocate for the arts and Paper Mill Playhouse for decades and it is our privilege to honor the governor at our gala.”


Governor Brendan T. Byrne will be presented with a lifetime achievement award for his long standing commitment to Paper Mill Playhouse and the arts in New Jersey. He was a 1949 graduate of Princeton University and received a law degree from Harvard University. Byrne served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. He was assistant counsel (1955) and executive secretary to the New Jersey governor (1956 to 1958), deputy attorney general (1958 to 1959), and Essex County prosecutor (1959 to 1968). From 1968 to 1970, he was president of the state Board of Public Utilities Commissioners. From 1970 until resigning in 1973 to run for the governor's office, Byrne was a superior court judge. Byrne became governor in January 1974 and he was reelected in 1977. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1980. He chaired the Mid-Atlantic Governors' Conference from 1975 to 1976, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors from 1978 to 1979. He also chaired the Democratic Governors' Conference. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by former Governor Thomas H. Kean.
 
The creative team behind A Bronx Tale: The Musical will be presented with the Frank Carrington Excellence in the Arts Award. A Bronx Tale: The Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse broke box office records earlier this season and was a favorite with audiences and critics alike.
 
Robert De Niro (Director), considered one of the greatest American actors of all time, produced, directed and starred in many iconic films. Mr. De Niro won the 1974 Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in The Godfather: Part II and the 1980 Academy Award for best actor for his role in Raging Bull. Mr. De Niro received Academy Award nominations for Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, Cape Fear, and Silver Linings Playbook. Mr. De Niro is a four-time New York Film Critics Circle Award winner for his work on Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Awakenings. In addition to winning the 1981 Golden Globe award for his work on Raging Bull and winning the 2011 Cecil B. DeMille Award, Mr. De Niro was nominated for a total of seven Golden Globe Awards. Mr. De Niro was nominated for six British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. Mr. De Niro starred in many other films including Mean Streets, Bang the Drum, Analyze That, Meet the Fockers, and more. Mr. De Niro made his Broadway debut in the 1986 play Cuba & His Teddy Bear. Mr. De Niro founded his own production company, Tribeca Film Center, and made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale.
 
Jerry Zaks (Director) won four Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and an Obie Award. Mr. Zaks directed many Broadway shows including Sister Act, The Addams Family, Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, House of Blue Leaves, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, and more. Mr. Zaks received SDC’s Mr. Abbott Award for lifetime achievement and an honorary doctorate of fine arts from his alma mater, Dartmouth College. Mr. Zaks is a 2013 inductee to the Theater Hall of Fame.
 
Sergio Trujillo (Choreographer) is a four-time Drama Desk Award nominee who choreographed the Broadway productions of On Your Feet!, Memphis, Jersey Boys, Leap of Faith, The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Guys and Dolls, and more. Mr. Trujillo choreographed off-Broadway productions of Invisible Thread, Saved, The Capeman, Romeo and Juliet, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Kismet.
 
Chazz Palminteri (Book) wrote and performed his one-man show A Bronx Tale for the first time in 1989 before moving it off-Broadway. Mr. Palminteri went on to write the screenplay and co-star in the screen adaptation of A Bronx Tale alongside Robert De Niro. Mr. Palminteri has more than 55 movies to his credit as an actor, writer, and director, including The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination), Analyze This, Hurlyburly, Mullholland Falls, Faithful (also written by Mr. Palminteri), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Yonkers Joe, Jolene and most recently Legend starring Tom Hardy. Mr. Palminteri had a recurring role on the hit show Modern Family and has starred in Blue Bloods. Mr. Palminteri directed the HBO series Oz (episode “Unnatural Disasters”), Showtime’s Women vs Men, and the feature film Noel starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, and Robin Williams.
 
Alan Menken (Music) composed the stage and film musicals Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr. Menken’s other stage musicals include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, A Christmas Carol, Sister Act and Leap of Faith. Mr. Menken’s film musicals also include Life With Mikey, Pocahontas, Hercules, The Shaggy Dog, Enchanted, Tangled and Mirror, Mirror.  Some of Mr. Menken’s television credits include Galavant, The Neighbors, Lincoln, Sesame Street and more. Mr. Menken won eight Oscar Awards, 11 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year), seven Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, an Olivier Award, a New York Drama Critics Award, a London Evening Standard Theatre Award, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of Mr. Menken’s other awards and honors include Billboard’s #1 single and album, Disney Legend, and honorary doctorates from NYU and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
 
Glenn Slater (Lyrics) won the 2011 Grammy for his work co-creating Disney’s Tangled. Mr. Slater is a two-time Tony Award nominee who wrote the lyrics for School of Rock, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid and Leap of Faith on Broadway. Mr. Slater received an Olivier Award nomination for his work on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.
 
The Eddie Bruce Band marries a smoking hot dance ensemble with concert quality vocalists and masterful musicians that drive the dance floor. For more than 25 years, The Eddie Bruce Band has been performing his unique repertoire of music that ranges from Top 40, R&B, disco and house music to swing and Sinatra. Eddie Bruce’s interest in music began when he was a child, and he has never wavered from this passion. He has blended his natural entrepreneurial skills with his love of music and created one of the most successful orchestras in the region and one of the best reputations as a much sought-after performer. A regular at Caesars Atlantic City, the Eddie Bruce Orchestra has also performed at Bally's Park Place, the Etess Arena of Trump Taj Mahal as well as such major events as the prestigious Grand Gala Opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
 
In addition to performances from cast members from A Bronx Tale: The Musical and West Side Story, students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Arts Education programs will deliver a memorable performance during the celebration. The education and outreach programs of Paper Mill Playhouse serve nearly 40,000 young people and educators annually in all regions of the state through in-school residencies, training and arts recognition programs, as well as the Children's Theatre Series. For nearly 30 years, Paper Mill Playhouse has been helping students of all ages and skill levels develop their passion for performance and communication—qualities that are invaluable in every career, from Broadway to the boardroom. Education programs include Paper Mill Theatre School, Adopt-a-School Project, Rising Star Awards, Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, August Musical Theatre Intensive, Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir, guest artist master classes, professional development seminars and Theatre For Everyone classes.
 
Joining Paper Mill Playhouse education students is Shanice Williams, an alum of Paper Mill’s Adopt-a-School Project, Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, Rising Star Awards and Show Choir who recently starred as Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live.
 
For more than 75 years, Paper Mill Playhouse has been one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit theaters.  Paper Mill continues to bring world-class artists and outstanding musicals and plays to the community while enriching the lives of nearly 40,000 young people each year through award-winning education outreach, artist training and access programs.
 

“Supporting Paper Mill Playhouse’s gala ensures a bright future for our not-for-profit arts organization,”

remarked Paper Mill Playhouse Trustee and Gala co-chair Carolyn Ferolito.

“This black-tie evening includes dinner, dancing, an unforgettable auction and unparalleled Broadway entertainment.”

 
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For more information on the Paper Mill Playhouse Gala or to purchase individual tickets, tables or raffle tickets, please contact Leigh Schaedel at 973.315.1663, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit Paper Mill Playhouse’s website, PaperMill.org
 
PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.                           
 


 

Adopt-A-School Program Expands

The Project is part of Paper Mill's core mission of education outreach for underserved New Jersey students

Read more: Adopt-A-School Program Expands


 

Paper Mill Wins Two People's Choice Awards

Both Main Stage Productions and Education Programs Honored

Read more: Paper Mill Wins Two People's Choice Awards


 

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