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Paper Mill Playhouse celebrates its 80th season!
TICKETS FOR OUR 80TH SEASON GO ON SALE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 20 AT 10AM.
*The Color Purple* *Holiday Inn* *My Very Own British Invasion*
*Benny & Joon* *Disney's Beauty and the Beast*
Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, New Jersey), a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. A pioneer in the not-for-profit regional theater movement, Paper Mill Playhouse opened its doors in 1938 and has been recognized throughout the industry for the artistry of its productions and commitment to supporting the development of new works and emerging artists. A nationally recognized center for musical theater education and performance, its award-winning arts education, artist training, and outreach programs impact thousands of students each year. Paper Mill productions have moved to Broadway, toured nationally, been filmed for Showtime, PBS and produced original cast recordings. Paper Mill Playhouse earned New Jersey fame by creating such national tours as Little House on the Prairie: The Musical, The 25th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables, The Bodyguard and Happy Days: The Musical. Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Newsies moved directly to Broadway, winning two Tony Awards and remained at the top of the sales charts for Broadway for two years. Paper Mill Playhouse’s productions of Honeymoon in Vegas with Tony Danza, Bandstand and A Bronx Tale also moved to Broadway. Visit www.PaperMill.org for more information on performances and arts education classes.
Paper Mill Playhouse's 80th Anniversary season includes:
THE COLOR PURPLE
(An American Classic)
SEPTEMBER 26–OCTOBER 21, 2018
The Tony Award–winning revival that thrilled Broadway audiences is coming to Paper Mill, where director John Doyle will remount his visionary production. This unforgettable and moving musical based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel and Academy Award–nominated film features a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score infused with jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues. The Color Purple, with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, is a stirring family chronicle about the power of love and Life. Contains adult themes.
IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN
(A Holiday Classic)
NOVEMBER 21–DECEMBER 30, 2018
This heartwarming, toe-tapping production arrives just in time for the holidays. Based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.” Forget chestnuts roasting on an open fire—this season, bring the family to Paper Mill to bask in the glow of an uplifting song-and-dance show.
MY OWN PRIVATE BRITISH INVASION
JANUARY 31–MARCH 3, 2019
This fable of young love is based on the experiences of Peter Noone, who was just 15 when he rose to international stardom as the lead singer of Herman’s Hermits—and England became the center of the rock and roll universe. Set against the backdrop of the exploding 1960s British music scene, this world-premiere musical features songs from Herman’s Hermits, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, The Moody Blues, and other legendary bands of the era. Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Half Time), choreographs and directs.
BENNY & JOON
(A New Musical)
APRIL 4–MAY 5, 2019
Based on the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, this new musical is a smart, funny, tender-hearted celebration of love. The pair at the heart of the show are Joon, a young woman dealing with mental illness, and Benny, the big brother who’s determined to take care of her. When a charmingly eccentric stranger comes into their lives, he throws their carefully calibrated world off-kilter—maybe for the better. This heartfelt screen-to-stage adaptation was hailed by the Times of San Diego as “totally delightful… 100% enjoyable, poignant and affecting.”
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
(The Broadway Muscial)
MAY 29–JUNE 30, 2019
Singing teapots and candlesticks, an evil spell, and an unlikely love story are all part of the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award–winning animated feature, the stage production includes all of the original songs from the movie by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus additional gems by Menken and Tim Rice. The whole family will be enchanted by this gorgeous production, featuring stunning costumes and sets, spectacular dance numbers, and, of course, a fairy-tale ending.