Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2019-2020 Season
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CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ
Sept 26–Oct 27, 2019
Book by Marc Acito
Music Adapted & Additional Music by David Libby
Conceived & Additional Lyrics by Tina Marie Casamento
Directed & Choreographed by Denis Jones
This highly anticipated new musical about one of the world’s most beloved entertainment icons, Chasing Rainbows, The Road to Oz is the story of how five-year-old Frances Gumm became Judy Garland, chronicling her early career from vaudeville to her rise at MGM, where she wins the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Chasing Rainbows features legendary songs, including “Over the Rainbow,” “You Made Me Love You,” and “Everybody Sing.” The show has already earned praise from Liza Minnelli, who said, “My mother said that her biography is in her music, and now a talented creative team is using that music to tell the story of her early years and her extraordinary rise to fame.”
RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
Nov 20–Dec 29, 2019
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Mark S. Hoebee
This enchanting, Tony-nominated Broadway adaptation of the beloved musical will put a spell on audiences of all ages. This Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella showcases some of the songwriting duo’s loveliest tunes, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as some new characters and surprising twists. Add a dash of fairytale romance, magical onstage transformations, and the iconic pumpkin and glass slippers—and you’re guaranteed to have a ball!
UNMASKED: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLYOD WEBBER
Jan 30–Mar 1, 2020
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Laurence Connor
One of the most successful musical theater composers of all time takes audiences behind the scenes in Unmasked, a world-premiere musical featuring stories and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remarkable life and celebrated work. Based on his recently released autobiography, this funny and warm musical portrait offers an intimate look at Webber’s five decades in the spotlight and beyond, from his quirky family and bohemian youth in London to the creation of such smash-hits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. You’ll hear new and sometimes unexpected interpretations of his best-loved songs, rediscovered gems, and some new material specially written for this production.
Apr 1–Apr 26, 2020
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture SISTER ACT Written by Joseph Howard
Based on the 1992 hit film, this feel-good musical comedy smash sizzles with powerful music, spectacular dancing, and a story brimming with heart. The madcap plot is set in motion when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and must go into hiding in a convent—where she clashes, hilariously, with cloistered life. Deloris inspires the sisters with her soulful style, but the church choir’s newfound fame attracts the attention of the bad guys. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), the musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
May 28–Jun 28, 2020
Book by Charles Messina
Directed by Kenneth Ferrone
Dion. One name set the standard of cool for a generation. An Italian-American kid from the Bronx, Dion DiMucci skyrocketed to fame as a teenage heartthrob in the 1950s and early ’60s with hits like “Runaround Sue,” “Teenager in Love” and “I Wonder Why.” Now, his extraordinary journey comes to the stage in a moving and intimate new musical about a life lived in the glow of the spotlight and in the shadow of addiction. THE WANDERER is the riveting true story of New York’s rebel king, the man Bruce Springsteen calls “the link between Frank Sinatra and rock-and-roll.
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