Wednesday, October 31, 2018

DLT Dover Gift Card Drive

We at DLT are heartbroken to hear of the recent fire that devastated homes and businesses in downtown Dover, and we send our deepest condolences to all those affected. For the next two months, we will be holding a gift card drive to provide aid to the many who are in the process of rebuilding their homes and businesses. We will keep a gift card collection in the lobby of our theatre and we also welcome anyone to mail in gift cards which we will add to the donations. We ask that you don't send prepaid visa debit cards, but instead gift cards to places like Target, Walmart, Shoprite, and Acme. We will deliver the gift cards directly to the town community aid drop off.
In addition to the gift card drive, we would like to welcome the Dover residents affected by the fire to our Out of Order Improv Comedy night on 11/24. We are offering free admission to all who present a drivers license with a Dover, NJ residential address.

Our mailing address is:
Dover Little Theatre
69 Elliott Street
Dover, NJ 07801

Patricia Durante's 'An Evening with Patsy Cline' a sell out!

Play Reading & Master Class Continue 2018 Gates Ferry Lecture Series “What is Truth?” at CSC

“What is Truth? And Does It Really Matter? These questions have served as the core inquiry of the world’s greatest and most popular playwrights over the past two thousand years.”
- Randall Duk Kim

Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso return to headline Centenary Stage Company’s Gates Ferry Series presentation with a free staged reading of select scenes from Shakespeare’s monumental drama “King Lear” on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM in the Kutz Theatre at the Lackland Performing Arts Center, Hackettstown, New Jersey. The November 14 reading and the master classes that precede and follow it marks the continuation of the 2018 Gates Ferry Lecture Series: “What is Truth?” The November 14 reading will be the second of three presentations, all featuring Kim and Occhiogrosso, which also includes a full stage production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Enemy of The People” from February 15-March 3, 2019. The Wednesday, November 14 7:00 PM reading of select scenes from Shakespeare’s King Lear is a free event. To reserve, please call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 0900 or visit

The November 14 reading will be preceded by a master class on the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4 and Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11 from 1PM - 4PM. The classes will involve a reading of the play with an emphasis on its exploration of "Truth Banished" and rehearsal of selected scenes to be presented at the reading. Master classes are limited to twenty five interested participants selected from the University and community. Members of the community interested in attending the master classes should call the Centenary Stage Company box office directly at (908) 979 – 0900 to register. Select “King Lear” master class participants will be invited to join Kim and Occhiogrosso as participants in the November 14 public reading.

Kim and Occhiogrosso originally proposed the 2018 Gate Ferry Lecture Series, “What is Truth? And Does It Matter?” with the goal to encourage a public dialogue surrounding this most serious of contemporary issues. Following the reading of select scenes from “King Lear,” Kim and Occhiogrosso and members of the Centenary University academic community will lead an in-depth audience discussion of the play and its relevance to today’s world.

Occhiogrosso states, “In this time of ‘Fake News,’ and ‘Alternative Truths’ and convenient omission of the facts, one is forced to ask ‘What is Truth? And Does It Really Matter?’ Kim adds, "Both these questions have served as the core inquiry of the world’s greatest and most popular playwrights over the past two thousand years. The theatre allows us to see man’s encounter with this mightiest and perplexing concept. We can see how they encounter it, try to escape it, hide from it, expose it and deny it, and how it affects their lives and the consequences endured through its encounter.”

For over 40 years, Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso have devoted their lives to the classical theatre through acting, directing teaching, commissioning new translations of classical works and developing a singular approach to classical text interpretation which combines, research, training and production. This life-long dedication to classical theatre led to their founding, in 1979, along with founding partner Charles J. Bright, now deceased, of American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI, the only professional, outdoor classical rotating repertory theatre company in America at that time. Under their combined leadership, American Players Theatre received a Tony Award nomination in 1985 for “Outstanding Regional Theatre in America.”

Winner of the OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, Kim began his early career with the legendary Joe Papp and the New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival and performed leading classical roles at some of America’s finest regional theatres including Hamlet, Shylock, King Lear, Falstaff and Oedipus Rex, among many others. He has been seen on Broadway in Flower Drum Song, Golden Child and The King and I but perhaps is most universally recognized as “The Keymaker” in the film Matrix Reloaded and the voice of “Oogway” in the DreamWorks’ animated film Kung Fu Panda. Mr. Kim’s TV and film work includes the BBC Special Prisoner in Time, Anna and the King, Memoirs of a Geisha, Dragonball, Ninja Assassin, Elementary and John Wick. Most recently, Kim starred in Centenary Stage Company’s production of “Art,” directed by Anne Occhiogrosso.

In 2016, Kim and Occhiogrosso returned to Wisconsin for “The Pleasure of His Company: Our 40 Year love Affair with William Shakespeare” for one SRO performance at the Wisconsin Union Theatre at UW Wisconsin / Madison. Earlier, Kim and Occhiogrosso headlined the two-hander “Then Came Each Actor,” a celebration of the lives and work of some of the theatre’s most legendary actors, at CSC in 2015.

As creators of the Centenary Stage Company series “Great Authors Out Loud,” Kim and Occhiogrosso have offered readings from authors Edgar Alan Poe, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and James Thurber and classical theatre playwrights William Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere, Chekhov and Ibsen which has drawn a loyal and enthusiastic following since 2012.

In addition to the readings, they have taught a Shakespeare Intensive Course at Centenary College in which students study one play over a thirteen week period. The last three semesters focused on Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear.

Director Anne Occhiogrosso received national attention for her body of work at American Players Theatre where she was co-artistic director. An acclaimed director, dramaturg, acting coach and actress, her focus has always been classical theatre with a special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare. At the American Players Theatre, she directed 16 Shakespearean plays along with works of by Moliere, Ibsen, Plautus, and Chekhov. She also performed the roles of The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Gertrude in Hamlet, Natalya in The Proposal, Madame Arkadina in The Seagull, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex and Anna Petrovna in Ivanov, a production which was co-directed by Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand who have served as career mentors to both Kim and Occhiogrosso. She has also taught at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Professional partners onstage for over four decades, Occhiogrosso and Kim are married in real life.

The “King Lear” select scene staged reading on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 PM is FREE to the public and will be held in the Kurtz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Due to limited seating, advance reservations are highly recommended. For more information about the “King Lear” reading, all Gates Ferry Lecture Series’ “What is Truth?” events or to reserve tickets, call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900 visit

The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every scheduled performance event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “Like” and “follow” to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

NJSO Great Ticket Deal!


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Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to the NJSO stages this weekend, bringing passion and charisma to Britten’s mesmerizing concerto, while Strauss’ Don Juan and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish,” illustrate music’s glorious capacity to weave a narrative.
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Thu, Nov 1 at 1:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Fri, Nov 2 at 8 pm | Richardson Auditorium in Princeton
Sat, Nov 3 at 8 pm | Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank
Sun, Nov 4 at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick
This offer is subject to availability, cannot be combined with any other offer and is not retroactive. Additional restrictions may apply. P and A sections on the main floor and balcony are discounted at $59. B section on the main floor and balcony is discounted at $39. “Reg. up to $92” refers to P-section seats for the Nov 4 concert. Actual savings vary depending on concert date and price section selected.

Spotlight Players to present Peter & The Starcatcher.


Directed by Sally Page Sohor
Musical Direction by Michael Gilch
Produced by John Haschak & Meredith Henriques
Spotlight Players is pleased to announce the cast of their November production of Peter & The Starcatcher.
Peter – Kevin Albanese
Molly Aster – Samantha Giustiniani
Black Stache – Frank Falisi
Mrs. Bumbrake – K. McGree
Alf – Justin Ryan
Bill Slank – AJ Meeker
Gremkin – Eileen Doan
Lord Aster – Lindsey Lorefice
Fighting Prawn – Danielle Maturo
Smee – Roman Sohor
Prentiss – Julie Freeman
Ted – Shane Kirchner
Captain Scott – Dottie Gallop
Mack – Amy Anson
Sanchez – Sabrina Berg
Barry – Kaylee Heslin
Join Spotlight Players as we present this Tony-winning play, full of music, comedy, and creative imagery sure to delight audiences young and old. Peter & The Starcatcher tells the story of how a miserable orphan became The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, Peter Pan. From Victorian England, hop aboard the Sailing Ship The Neverland, and travel with Peter and his friends to a colorful jungle island, pursued by the ruthless Pirate Black Stache and a host of other characters on a theatrical journey you won’t ever forget – or outgrow!
Friday, November 9th 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 10th 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 11th 3:00 PM
Friday, November 16th 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 17th 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 11th 3:00 PM

Make your reservations now! Call (732)583-7874

Matawan, New Jersey

John Morton, Noted Composer, Instrument Builder, and Sound Artist, Brings His Sonic Ingenuity to the Morris Museum

Sound Garden Interactive Installations, Starting November 16th.
I cultivate the unexpected and invite coincidence.” John Morton

John Morton has spent his life immersed in sound. As a composer, his passion is to make musical connections between unintentional events. Simple things like bird song masked by a passing truck, a creak in a floor, or “the very specific envelope of dissolve” made by the slamming of a hot dog cart lid, are among his inspirations. Morton’s sound installations have graced public parks, village greens, pedestrian bridges, historic and industrial sites, libraries, and now the Morris Museum with Sound Garden, starting November 16th and continuing through February 24th in the Main Gallery. Sound Garden consists of two interactive, sound-immersive installations: Fever Songs (2018) by Morton and The Voyage Out (2006-2018), in collaboration with Jacqueline Shatz. John Morton’s work showcases the sonic beauty in the world around our ears. If we’re often advised to “stop and smell the roses,” Morton asks us to stop and listen to them and to all the other auditory splendors that we take for granted or are too busy to hear. He crafts these moments into “sonic events” and weaves them into fluid, expansive, and user-friendly experiences.  

Exhibition Opening
The exhibition Sound Garden: Installations by John Morton and Jacqueline Shatz
opens to the public on Friday, November 16th and runs through Sunday, February 24th
in the Main Gallery of the Morris Museum. Admission is free for Museum members
and $10 for non-members.

To become a member and attend the Museum year-round for free, visit:, email,

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts
and cultural institution serving the public through its exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.
The Museum is home to the historic and internationally-significant Murtogh D. Guinness
Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata. Changing exhibits of contemporary
content also explore the Guinness themes of art, sound, and motion. The adjacent Bickford Theatre
s the museum's 312-seat performing-arts facility, offering unique programming, often related to the
museum's exhibition themes. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum
has a proud tradition of innovative educational programs and family events. The first museum
in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it has been designated
a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation
of Excellence, among other awards.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel
and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700.

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Announces New 2018-2019 Season


The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in the borough of Leonia, New Jersey, has announced the launch of their 2018-2019 season.

The opening concert takes places on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Leonia United Methodist Church, located at 396 Broad Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey. The concert presents an evening of "Hungarian Goulash", featuring the stirring music of Ernst von Dohnányi and the rhythmic energy of Zoltán Kodály. The program also offers the delicious Trio D'Hote of Ferde Grofe and Waltzes by Antonin Dvorak. The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society's members --Theresa Norris, flute; Roy Lewis, violin; Maggie Speier, viola; Daryl Goldberg, cello; and Pat Dougherty, bass -- perform.

On Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 4 p.m., The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society presents a benefit for the Leonia High School Music Program. This event, "Our Heart's in Music", includes members of the High School Music Program performing with The Leonia Chamber Musicians. The program spotlights these acclaimed special guests Cynthia Phelps, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; Barbara Mallow, cello; Steven Masi, piano; and Wonjung Kim, soprano. Further details and a VIP package will be announced for this special occasion.

The season closes on Sunday March 3, 2019 at 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church at 150 Park Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey with 'March Winds', featuring woodwinds with a nod to the theater. The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society's members Theresa Norris, flute and Marsha Heller, oboe are joined by Broadway's "Phantom of the Orchestra" members Atsuko Sato, bassoon and Norman Weiss, piano. The music includes a new composition by Weiss, British composer and actress Madeline Dring, and the virtuoso duo for Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

For these concerts, tickets are available for purchase the day of each performance at the door for $30 adults, $25 seniors, and students under age 18 are admitted free. Refreshments are served after the concert, and the audience is invited to meet and greet the musicians.

Holiday Concert

The Leonia Public Library presents The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society for a second annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. This special concert is free and open to the community. The library is located at 227 Fort Lee Rd. in Leonia, New Jersey, and parking is available in a lot behind the building and on side streets.

About Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc.

             The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enriches the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts.  The members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians generate the excitement of a live performance with professional talent: all of them perform in the major concert halls of New York City.

Music for the programs is selected to represent different periods and styles of music. Presentations are given about the music being played, the composers, the musicians and related subjects.

            Tax-deductible contributions to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. are welcome and encouraged to continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices.  Checks may be made to the attention of Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605.  To be added to the mailing list, send an e-mail to or call Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923. 

For more information about the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Audition: “Doubt” at the Barn Theatre


The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey, is holding open auditions for its upcoming production of "Doubt", directed by Rob Nissen.
AUDITION DATES: Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM and Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
PERFORMANCE DATES: January 11 thru February 2, 2019 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius (a Bronx school principal) takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students


Sister Aloysius Beauvier, (F, 50’s – 60’s): The head nun and principal of St Nicholas Parish and School in the Bronx.  Stern, rigid, and driven by a high sense of moral duty.  She is also suspicious and cynical and has no tolerance  for weakness.
Father Flynn, (M, 30’s – 40’s): From a working class background, articulate and personable, a Catholic priest at St. Nicholas. He is progressive and friendly—he prides himself on being approachable and amiable with the students at the parish.
Sister James, (F, 20’s - 30’s): A member of the Sisters of Charity in the Bronx and a new teacher at St. Nicholas.  Young and idealistic she is passionate about teaching. Caught between duty and conflict between Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn.
Mrs. Muller, (F, African-American, 30’s – 40’s): An African-American woman, working class, the mother of Donald Muller, a new student at St. Nicholas and its first African American student. She’s a realist; weary and wary of the world.

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact .
The Barn Theatre is located at 32  Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext. 5, or visit

Dreamcatcher Presents A Musical State of Mind at MONDO


Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, presents the cabaret A Musical State of Mind on Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11 at MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit.

A Musical State of Mind is a cabaret of songs inspired by our great states and the cities within them. You might hear James Taylor's “Carolina in My Mind,” “New York, New York,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” Tom Waits' “Jersey Girl” and many more brought to you by Dreamcatcher's singers and their guests. The audience is welcome to sing along or sit back and enjoy the ride!

Performers in the cabaret include Dreamcatcher company members Harry Patrick Christian, Laura Ekstrand and Scott McGowan, who will be joined by guest Vanessa Parvin, a member of the close harmony group Marquee Five (top photo)   and Julian Gordon, an actor and musician based in Summit. The singers will be accompanied by James Lubrano, a musician and vocal coach who has worked with numerous vocal musical groups and schools in the state.

A Musical State of Mind will run on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $25. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged as seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

MONDO-resized-600The performance will be held at MONDO, a cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. For more information on directions and parking, visit To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing contemporary, life-affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain.  We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's work has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include main stage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation, the Manley-Winser Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a senior member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Audition: “The Divine Sister” at Nutley Little Theatre


Grab your rosaries, it's audition time for THE DIVINIE SISTER by Charles Busch! Author of such hits as Psycho Beach Party and The Tale of The Allergist's Wife. Directed by George Seylaz.

Auditions are Sunday, November 4th at 7:30pm and Monday November 5th at 7:30, with callbacks scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30 at the Nutley Little Theatre located at 47 Erie Place, Nutley NJ
Performance Dates are February 8,9,10 and 15,16, 17 and 21, 22, 23.
We are looking for actors not afraid to make BIG BOLD choices to take the audience through this outrageous homage to some our favorite Hollywood films featuring nuns, such as The Bells of St. Mary's, The Sound of Music and The Trouble with Angels.

It’s swinging 1960s in Pittsburgh. The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior who is determined to build a new school for her convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing “visions”, sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, and a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin.
Please note - true to the style of the playwright we are seeking a MALE to play the role of Mother Superior.

The style of the piece is the golden age of Hollywood with touches of melodrama. So make BIG, BOLD choices when auditioning! Be Earnest, Be Intense, Be Broad but be truthful! Going over the top, chewing the scenery, using heightened emotion are not only welcomed but encouraged here, so long as it comes from a truthful place!
The cast is made up of 2 men / 4 women - two of the actors will double as another character - see breakdown. *Reminder we are looking for a MALE to play the Mother Superior.


Agnes (20’s-30’s): An ethereal and very earnest young postulant, experiences visions.
Sister Walburga / Mrs. MacDuffie (double role) (30’s-50’s): A stern and severe nun with a German accent and a secret mission. / Old Scottish charwoman (one scene)
Sister Acacius aka Lil (30’s-50’s): Brash, a bit foul mouthed, sexually frustrated nun. Heavy New York Accent. Wrestling coach. Mother Superior's confidant.
Mother Superior aka Susan (40’s-60s): Plucky and resourceful woman of God. (Played by a man.)
Mrs. Levinson / Timothy (double role) (40’s-60’s): A devout atheist and outrageously wealthy, patrician sort of woman. Classy but strong willed. / A precious and vivacious, effeminate male student at St. Veronica's (two scenes)
Jeremy / Brother Venerius (double role) (40’s-50’s): A dashing and worldly reporter, and Mother Superior’s long lost flame. / a sinister monk with a secret (two scenes)

“Urinetown" Opens at The Barn Theatre in Montville

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The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey will be presenting "Urinetown". Performances will be on November 9, 17 ,23, 24, 30 and December 1 at 8pm and November 10, 11, 18, & 25 at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 (senior/student tickets are $23 on matinees only)

Set in the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets (owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company). The poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom they all pray for. A brilliant musical satire modeled off the plays of Weill and Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

The cast of “Urinetown" features: Allie Acquafredda as Little Sally; Geraldine Baillod as Josephine Ma Strong; Billy Brisley as Old Man Strong & Hot Blades; Rafi Bromberg as Billy Boy Bill; Corey Chichizolia as McQueen; Ilyssa DePonte as Soupy Sue; Julie Dwoskin in Ensemble; Danny Egan as Tiny Tom; Meg Foley as Little Becky Two Shoes; Lauren M Grof-Tisza as Pennywise; Joe Guadara as Senator Fipp; Lindsey Hresko as Robbie the Stockfish; Stephen Kalogeras as Bobby Strong; Jeff Knapp as Barrel; Cheryl Marocco Bookstaver as Mrs Millenium; Dave McDonald as Dr Billioux; Danielle Pennisi as Hope Cladwell; Tom Schopper as Cladwell; Leslie Silverman in Ensemble; Rachel Tovar in Ensemble; Tim White as Officer Lockstock.

The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at

   [Photograph by Tom Schopper]

‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ classic comedy at Old Library Theatre


Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company, to present the classic comedy "Arsenic & Old Lace," by Joseph Kesserling.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years!

Four performances only:

Thursday, November 29 at 8:00pm

Friday, November 30  at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 1 at 8:00pm

Sunday, December 2 at 2:00pm


Adult: $20.00

Senior (60+): $18.00

Children Under 12: $12.00

Directed by Ed Bialkin

Produced by Dawn Cardona and Evan T. Charpentier

Stage managed by Marilyn Schilkie

Set Designed by Patt Tanner


Lorraine Ford DeMan

Laura Valente

Maureen McNulty

Anthony Sytko

Thomas Winkler

Matty Douglas

Bob Russell

Steve Adubato

Javier Garcia

Samantha Szentmiklosy

Liz Kent

Donna Bialkin

Laura Geer

Matt Masiello

Review: Charley’s Aunt opens at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey


         Spoiler alert: This is a rave review! No need to read any further.

The plot? Well here is a quick peek in case you are not familiar with the play that broke records in London and New York and has six film versions. Oh, it was also a hit musical comedy (Where’s Charley).

Here goes; Two young male college (Oxford) students are in love with two young ladies. They wish to invite them to lunch to profess their great love, but Victorian rules of etiquette require a chaperone. Fortunately, the aunt of one is due to visit by lunchtime…problem solved. The ladies send word that they will attend, however, a messenger arrives with the news that the aunt is delayed ! What to do?  Simple, have a friend pretend to be the aunt! Easy… since the aunt has just arrived from Brazil where she has lived for the past 20 years and no one knows her! Problem is solved when a fellow student very reluctantly agrees to stand-in for the absent aunt. But, one potential snag….the student is a man! What could possibly go wrong?


  Photo: L-R Isaac Hickox, Erica Knight, Seamus Mulcahy, Emiley Kiser and Aaron McDaniel

That is the core of the hilarious farce Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas that opened this past weekend at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. New play….where have you been?  This is a comedy masterpiece from the 19th century making its debut at the STNJ. First and foremost, this is a tale of love and the indignities we are willing to endure for love. Also, it beautifully pokes fun at the British aristocracy, e.g Oscar Wilde’s  The Importance of Being Earnest? You may also be reminded of Some Like It Hot, John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor, or even the Marx Brothers. Bottom line…it is a very funny romp…with an unusual number of old fashioned belly laughs.

This production, with its clever fun plot, superior cast and eye treats (sets and costumes), is fit for any stage either side of the river and beyond.

Directing the fun is STNJ veteran director Joseph Discher. The cast he has assembled is beyond marvelous. It includes company favorites John Ahlin, Peter Simon Hilton, David Andrew Macdonald, and Erika Rolfsrud in a cast of ten.


The three outstanding leads are the young men who are in pursuit of love……Aaron McDaniel (above center) is Jack Chesney the Oxford undergraduate, in love with Kitty Verdun; Charles Wykeham  the Oxford undergraduate, in love with Amy Spettique is played by Isassc Hickox-Young (above left); and Seamus Mulcahy (a master of slapstick) is Lord Fancourt Babberly who unwillingly masquerades as Charley’s aunt, Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez (​”​I’m Charley’s aunt the nut from Brazil”). His performance is worth the price of admission! (Photo above right and at top)

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The villain of the play is Stephen Spettigue,  Uncle of Amy and guardian of Kitty. He is played to perfection by the wonderful character actor John Ahlin(above right). David Andrew MacDaniel impresses as Colonel Sir Francis Chesney, the single father of Jack Chesney. No English drawing room comedy is complete without a proper, all knowing butler/valet. Here we have Bassett, Jack Chesney's valet, played by Peter Simon Hilton.

best_crop_90f7bd6321c0feda103e_STNJ--Charley_s_Aunt--7Now the lovely talented ladies (all beautifully gowned), Erica Knight is Kitty, Jack’s love interest; Emiley Kiser is Amy, Charles Wykeham's young lady; Sally Kingsford as Ela (above right), the orphaned young woman accompanying Donna Lucia (loved by Lord Fancourt). As Charley’s real aunt, Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez is the imposing Erika Rolfsrud (above left).

The design team  includes the Scenic Designer Brian Prather, Lighting Designer Matthew Adelson, Costume Designer Natalie Loveland, Sound Designer Steven Beckel, and Dialect Coach Julie Foh. The Production Stage Manager is Kathy Snyder.

Charley's Aunt is presented in three acts (two 10 minute intermissions).

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  October 27, 2018

Tickets: Single tickets are $49 to $69.  Patrons aged 30 and under can purchase tickets for only $30 with a valid ID, subject to availability. For tickets,  call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison on the campus of Drew University.



Saturday, October 27, 2018

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, announced casting and creative team for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, based on the film from Universal Pictures, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad HodgeIrving Berlin’s Holiday Inn will begin performances Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and will continue through Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Irving Berlin’s Holiday. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2018-2019 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Directed by Mr. Greenberg (The Baker’s Wife, 1776 – Paper Mill), and with choreography by Denis Jones (Mary Poppins Paper Mill, Holiday Inn – Broadway, Tony nomination), music direction by Shawn Gough (Annie, Paper Mill), the principal cast will feature Paige Faure (Honeymoon in Vegas – Paper Mill) as Lila Dixon, Jordon Gelber (Avenue Q) as Danny, Ann Harada (Avenue Q) as Louise,  Jeff Kready (Thoroughly Modern Millie – Paper Mill) as Ted Hanover, Hayley Podschun (Peter Pan – Paper Mill) as Linda Mason, Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan) as Jim Hardy with Jian Harrell and Aidan Alberto alternating in the role of Charlie Winslow.

They will be joined by Jordon Beall, Gene Biscontini, Colin Bradbury, Tricia DeSario, Taylor Fields, Kelly Gleason, Juliane Godfrey, Berklea Going, Joshua Israel, Julie Kavanagh, Mallory Nolting, Clifton Samuels, JT Teeling, Karl Skylar Urban, Amy Van Norstrand, Scarlett Walker, Travis Ward-Osborne, and John T. Wolfe.

In this musical based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. Jim’s agrarian efforts are a flop, but things start looking up when he falls for a talented schoolteacher, and together they infuse their sleepy rural setting with some Broadway razzle-dazzle. Fresh from a Broadway run, this heartwarming, toe-tapping production features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.”

The production team includes set design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Matt Kraus, hair and wig design by Charles G. Lapointe.  The production stage manager is Victoria Navarro. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Laura Wade, CSA.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Please note:  There are no performances on November 22 (Thanksgiving Day), December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas Day)Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. 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 All major credit cards accepted. Groups of 10 or more may receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling 973.379.3717.  Students may order $23-$28 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Irving Berlin’s Holiday.

Bank of America is committed to supporting arts and culture in our local markets. We are proud to sponsor Paper Mill Playhouse and its production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Organizations like Paper Mill Playhouse help economies thrive and enable individuals to connect with each other across cultures,” said Robert Doherty, president, Bank of America New Jersey. “Holiday Inn is a classic and is guaranteed to make your days merry and bright!”

PAIGE FAURE (Lila Dixon) is pleased to return to Paper Mill, having previously appeared in Honeymoon in Vegas and On the Town. Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Ella), Miss Saigon (Ellen u/s), Bullets Over Broadway (Ellen u/s), How to Succeed… (Hedy LaRue). Off Broadway: Joan in Taste of Things to Come. National Tours: R&H Cinderella, A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women, Aida. Selected regional: Paige in the world premiere of The Heart of Rock & Roll, the new Huey Lewis musical (Old Globe); Lorene in From Here to Eternity (FLMTF); Chess (Kennedy Center); Nice Work… (Eileen) and Seven Brides… (Milly) at Sacramento Music Circus; The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet) at NCT.

JORDAN GELBER (Danny) is excited to make his Paper Mill Playhouse debut. Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George, Buddy in Elf, All My Sons, Avenue Q (original Broadway and Off Broadway cast). Off Broadway: Two Thousand Years, The Joke. TV: Elementary’s M.E. Hawes, Insatiable, The Black List, Mindhunter, Mr. Robot, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, Law & Order: SVU, The Sopranos. Film: upcoming The Kitchen, Bleed for This, Dark Horse, Everyday People (IFP/Gotham Award nomination).

ANN HARADA (Louise) originated the role of Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of Avenue Q and stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. Other Broadway: Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (revival), 9 to 5, Seussical, and M. Butterfly. She performed her solo concert in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in 2014. Film: Sisters, Trouble, Youth in Oregon, Admission, Hope Springs, Feel, Happiness. TV includes Smash (as Linda, the stage manager), Lipstick Jungle, 30 Rock, Doubt, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Master of None, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Search Party, Younger.

JEFF KREADY (Ted Hanover). Paper Mill: Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Broadway: Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George, and Les Misérables (Jean Valjean u/s). Regional: Tommy in Brigadoon (Pittsburgh CLO), Mr. Snow in Carousel (Goodspeed Opera House), and David Sedaris’s one-man show Santaland Diaries (Hartford TheaterWorks). TV: The Good Fight (CBS), Elementary (recurring, CBS), Boardwalk Empire (HBO). Graduate of Washburn University and former elementary school music teacher. Favorite roles: husband to Nikki, father to Lena (5) and Louise (1). Up next: Tootsie, opening on Broadway this spring.

HAYLEY PODSCHUN (Linda Mason) was last seen at Paper Mill as Wendy in Peter Pan. This is her second time at the Inn, having originated the role of Lila Dixon at Goodspeed Opera House. She played Glinda in the national tour of Wicked, and her Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly!; Something Rotten!; Chaplin (Mildred Harris); Anything Goes; Pal Joey;
Sunday in the Park with George; Hairspray (also national tour); and The Sound of Music. TV/Film: The Blacklist, Louie, Hairspray (Tammy).

NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ (Jim Hardy). Broadway: Tarzan. National Tour: The Sound of Music (Captain von Trapp). Off Broadway: Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Colette CollageBajour. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Regional: Carousel (Helen Hayes nomination), Mother Courage and Her ChildrenOklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), My Fair Lady (Helen Hayes nomination), Destiny of Desire, and The Light in the Piazza all at Arena Stage, The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre, Muny, ZACH Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Film: Sex and the City 2. Television: Madam Secretary, Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live (GLAAD Award). His debut album, The First Time..., is now available.

JIAN HARRELL (Charlie Winslow) is thrilled to be making his professional stage debut. Other favorite projects include Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Jian is proud to be part of Hoboken Children’s Theater.

AIDAN ALBERTO (Charlie Winslow Alternate) is excited to be in Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Aidan has had principal roles in school musicals and local community theaters. Trained at Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Conservatory (2017), he has under his belt many voiceovers and commercials.
IRVING BERLIN (Music & Lyrics) wrote scores to 13 Broadway musicals, contributed to seven revues, and wrote songs for 12 classic Hollywood movie musicals. Born in Russia, he immigrated to the Lower East Side of New York City, where he started his career as a singing waiter and soon became a lyricist, composer, and music publisher. He built the Music Box Theatre to house his Music Box Revues. Among his more than 1,200 songs, many of which are considered classics today, is “God Bless America,” for which he established a fund that receives all revenue from the song and distributes it to the Boy and Girl Scouts.

GORDON GREENBERG (Director, Co-author) directed and cowrote the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Roundabout/Universal, PBS’s Great Performances) and directed the acclaimed West End revival of Guys and Dolls, which starred Rebel Wilson and received six Olivier Award nominations (Savoy Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre). Recent/current work includes The Heart of Rock & Roll (Old Globe); Barnum (Chocolate Factory, London); Terms of Endearment starring Alfred Molina, Calista Flockhart, and Constance Wu (Geffen); cowriting/directing The Secret of My Success (Universal Stage Productions); directing Dietrich:Piaf (Mirvish, Toronto); writing the new book for Meet Me in St. Louis (Muny); cowriting/directing Mystic Pizza (MGM/Araca); cowriting Port Au Prince (New Group); cowriting/directing Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big (Your Town Here) Christmas Show (Bucks County, Old Globe); cowriting/directing The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula (Maltz); and cowriting original movie musicals for the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Other credits: Jacques Brel… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics nominations), Working (Drama Desk), Disney’s Tangled. Paper Mill: The Baker’s Wife, Pirates!, 1776, Happy Days. Regional: Williamstown, Muny, Goodspeed, Huntington, Signature, Dallas Theater Center, NY Stage and Film, Philadelphia Theatre Company. Education: Stanford, NYU, RADA. Member, SDC, WGA, The Dramatists Guild. Co-Artistic Director, Broadway Teaching Group. Artistic Associate, New Group.

CHAD HODGE (Co-author) co-created and was showrunner and executive producer of TNT’s drama Good Behavior. He also created and executive produced Wayward Pines on Fox. In addition, he created NBC’s The Playboy Club and the CW’s Runaway. His film projects include The Darkest Minds for 20th Century Fox, based on the New York Times bestselling trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, which was released in August 2018, and Anita, about notorious singer and orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant. Hodge grew up in Chicago and graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University. He lives in Los Angeles.

DENIS JONES (Choreographer). Paper Mill Playhouse: Mary Poppins, Honeymoon in Vegas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Damn Yankees, The Full Monty, High School Musical, Meet Me in St. Louis. Broadway: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Tony Award nomination for best choreography), Honeymoon in Vegas. Other recent credits: How to Succeed… (Kennedy Center); Hey, Look Me Over! and Paint Your Wagon (NY City Center Encores!); Crazy for You (Signature—Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed); The Wiz and 42nd Street (Muny—St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography); Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center); A Funny Thing…Forum (Two River/Williamstown). Upcoming: Tootsie.

SHAWN GOUGH (Music Director) is thrilled to return for his sixth production at Paper Mill! Previously: The Color Purple, Annie, The Honeymooners, Pirates!, Happy Days. Broadway: Billy Elliot; Violet; Nice Work If You Can Get It; The Light in the Piazza; Sunday in the Park with George; Into the Woods; The Frogs; Kiss Me, Kate!; The Music Man; Aladdin; Les Misérables; Dames at Sea; Chicago; Big Fish; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; The Coast of Utopia; Annie Get Your Gun; The Lion King; Mary Poppins; The Drowsy Chaperone. Off Broadway: Carmen Jones; Cagney; Shockheaded Peter; A Man of No Importance; Tick, Tick…Boom!. Upcoming: Marie by Ahrens and Flaherty, directed by Susan Stroman.

ANNA LOUIZOS (Scenic Design) is a three-time Tony Award nominee for In the Heights, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and High Fidelity. For Paper Mill: The Baker’s Wife, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and Honeymoon in Vegas. Other Broadway designs: School of Rock (sets and costumes), Holiday Inn, Dames at Sea, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Shoulda Been You, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Avenue Q, The Performers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Curtains, Baby It’s You!, To Be or Not to Be, All About Me, Steel Magnolias, Golda’s Balcony. Recent Off Broadway/regional: Kings (Public Theater), Evita (Bay Street).

ALEJO VIETTI (Costume Design). Paper Mill: Spelling Bee, Damn Yankees, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. New York: Broadway’s Holiday Inn, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (also West End—Olivier nomination, national tour, Japan, UK tour, Australia), Allegiance (Drama Desk nomination). Works for the Radio City Rockettes, Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC Opera, City Center Encores!, Atlantic Theater, among many others, as well as the current revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Selected regional: Alley, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed, Guthrie Theatre, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera. Other: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (US premiere, Japan, Germany), Ringling Brothers. TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.

JEFF CROITER (Lighting Design). Paper Mill: over a dozen productions including Newsies and Bandstand. Broadway: Bandstand, Falsettos, Holiday Inn, Something Rotten!, Disaster!, Penn & Teller, Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mothers and Sons, Soul Doctor, Jekyll & Hyde, The Anarchist, The Performers, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Next Fall, Kiki and Herb. Off Broadway includes The True, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Tiny Beautiful Things, Cost of Living, Sweet Charity, Head of Passes, The Last Five Years. Other: Big Apple Circus, Penn & Teller in Las Vegas, Jennifer Muller/The Works. Jeff has received Tony, Hewes, and Bass Awards and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, Ovation, Irne, and Audelco nominations.

MATT KRAUS (Sound Design). Paper Mill Playhouse: Lend Me a Tenor and Newsies. Broadway: Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Liza’s at the Palace…. Off Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Forbidden Broadway, Fat Camp, Voca People. Elsewhere: Evita (St. Louis Rep); West Side Story (Barrington Stage); Evita and Ragtime (PA Shakespeare); The World Goes ’Round (Bucks County Playhouse); Buddy Holly Story (Walnut Street); Absinthe (Caesars Las Vegas); audio coordinator for remote shoots at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Matt recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall in London.

CHARLES G. LAPOINTE (Hair & Wig Design). Previously at Paper Mill Playhouse: The Sting, The Color Purple, The Outsider, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Over 90 Broadway shows including Hamilton, The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Anastasia, Torch Song, SpongeBob SquarePants (2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Wig and Hair Design), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Amélie, Motown: The Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, The Color Purple, In the Heights. Upcoming Broadway: The Cher Show, Beetlejuice. Television: The Wiz Live! (Emmy Award nomination), Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (Emmy Award nomination), Blue Bloods, American Crime, Madoff, Hairspray.

VICTORIA NAVARRO (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: The Lion KingThe Color Purple. National tours include MatildaAnnieOliver!, and Seussical. Paper Mill: Annie. Opera: Santa Fe Opera, Virginia Opera. Vicky is an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch and Montclair University as well as a Maplewood resident.

TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Network; The Cher Show; The Prom; American Son; Torch Song; Pretty Woman; My Fair Lady; Mean Girls; Frozen; Once on This Island; Anastasia; Come from Away; Waitress; Hamilton; Kinky Boots; Wicked; Hello, Dolly!; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; On Your Feet!. Off Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, MCC Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Second Stage Theater. Film: Mary Poppins Returns, Ben Is Back, The Greatest Showman, Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married. TV: Murphy Brown, This Is Us, House of Cards, Divorce, NCIS: New Orleans, One Day at a Time, Atypical, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, commercials.

Accessibility Performances for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Paper Mill Playhouse, a leader in accessibility, will offer audio-described performances for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 1:30pm and Sunday, December 30, 2018, at 1:30pm. Prior to these performances at noon, the theater will offer free sensory seminars. Sensory seminars offer an opportunity for patrons with vision loss to hear a live, in-depth description of the production elements of the show and hands-on interaction with key sets, props, and costumes.  There will be a sign-interpreted and open-captioned performance on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at 7:00pm.

Free Audience Enrichment Activities for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Conversation Club: Join us Thursday evenings, November 29, December 6, December 13 and December 20 one hour before curtain for an informal, informative gathering. You'll learn more about the performance you're about to see.

The Director's Viewpoint: One hour before curtain at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 21, we host a pre-show discussion in the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery.

Q&A with the Cast: After the matinee on Saturday, December 15, stick around for a lively Q&A with cast members directly following the performance.

Paper Mill Playhouse will once again, be a collection point for this year’s ‘Jersey Cares’ Coat Drive during the run of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.  For the past 22 years, The Jersey Cares Coat Drive has mobilized the collection and distribution of thousands of "gently used" winter coats to men, women, children, and infants in need. Last year, Jersey Cares collected more than 30,000 coats throughout the state of New Jersey.  Paper Mill Playhouse has been a collection partner for more than a decade and will be collecting gently used winter coats from November 1 through December 30, 2018. Collection of coats will take place in the lobby at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 80th anniversary season continues in the winter with the world-premiere musical My Very Own British Invasion (January 31-March 3), directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. The 1960s British music scene comes to life with songs from Herman’s Hermits, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, The Moody Blues, and other legendary bands of the era. The spring brings the East Coast premiere of Benny & Joon (April 4-May 5). Based on the 1993 film which starred Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, this new musical is a smart, funny, tender-hearted celebration of love: between children and parents; romantic partners; friends; and, most of all, siblings. The final production of the season, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (May 29-June 30), is 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.

“Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to produce a season of all musicals in our exciting 2018-2019 lineup including a world premiere and an East Coast premiere,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director of the Millburn theater. “Producing new works is central to our vision of becoming recognized as one of the most important incubators of new musical projects. We're opening our doors to collaborate with and host the top talents of musical theater, whether they be established artists like Jerry Mitchell, or up-and-coming playwrights and composers. 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, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016, 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, a partner agency of the National Endowment for 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.

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