Thursday, January 5, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse nominated for three 2017 People’s Choice Awards



Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has been nominated for three 2017 People’s Choice Awards. 


Discover Jersey Arts-a co-sponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey- announced today that the polls are now open for the 2017 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards. Ballots are prepped for arts lovers statewide to vote for their favorite N.J. arts organizations. The public can vote for their favorite arts organizations online at www.JerseyArts.com/vote

Paper Mill Playhouse was nominated in a record three categories. The Millburn theater is nominated for “Favorite Place to See a Musical,” “Favorite Theatre Camp,” (Paper Mill Players Theatre Camp) and for the first time “Favorite Choral Group” (The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir). Public voting runs through February 16, 2017. Winners will be announced in early March and will be honored at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism, held each year in Atlantic City.

Paper Mill Playhouse and the other contenders in the 2017 People’s Choice Awards were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of arts groups across the state. A record-breaking number of nomination ballots were cast and now 11 arts districts and nearly 100 organizations will compete in 16 categories, including favorite performing arts center, dance company, art gallery, choral group and more.


“Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to receive nominations for both our mainstage productions and our arts education initiatives,” stated Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director. “We would like to thank ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts for providing a platform for the public to vote for their favorite arts organizations and their steadfast mission of promoting the arts throughout our great state.”

“It’s wonderful to see Paper Mill’s Broadway Show Choir included in this year’s list of nominees for the first time,” remarked Todd Schmidt, Paper Mill Playhouse Managing Director. “This tuition-free program sponsored by Overlook Medical Center has reached hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents with their amazing performances over the past several years.”

Now in its ninth year, the annual awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts pays tribute to the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. With the ballots now prepped, it’s time for arts lovers across the state to vote for their favorite local arts organizations.

“It’s great to see so many nominations come in from organizations all over the state,” said Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, “allowing groups large and small to be acknowledged for the wonderful work they are doing.”

Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, which cosponsors the Discover Jersey Arts program with the Council, agreed, saying: “The quality of art we have in New Jersey is ever burgeoning thanks to our amazing cultural community working together to build each other up.”

About JerseyArts.com and Discovery Jersey Arts
JerseyArts.com is the official website of Discover Jersey Arts, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey. The site features a comprehensive cultural events calendar and arts directory; feature stories on Culture Vultures Arts Weekly and the Jersey Arts Podcast; details on Jersey Arts Membership, including discounts and exclusive member events; an online gallery of New Jersey artists; and other content about the state's cultural community.

About the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation
The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation is the programs and services arm of ArtPride New Jersey, Inc., a nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals that advocates at local, state and national levels for funding, support and recognition of the arts as vital to New Jersey's economy, education and overall quality of life. For more information about ArtPride visit ArtPrideNJ.com.

About Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Todd Schmidt (Managing Director) and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, 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.

For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.

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