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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest next at Chatham Playhouse




The Chatham Community Players

OPENS THIS FRIDAY


John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff.  The play that invented the "Rom-Com'!

For more information, please visit ChathamPlayers.org.

PERFORMANCE DATES

FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
SATURDAY, May 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
SATURDAY, May 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
SUNDAY, May 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
SATURDAY, May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
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The Importance of Being Earnest

FALSETTOS

 
May 31, June 1 & 2
Falsettos to benefit the Trevor Project
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The Chatham Community Players is excited to present William Finn & James Lapine’s musical, Falsettos and will be a benefit for “The Trevor Project” on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, June 2 at 7:00 pm at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $35 for premium seating (center section), and $25 for side sections with a student/senior price of $20.00 (side sections) and can be purchased at the door.  Audiences are invited remain after the performance, for there will be a reception following each performance. Directed by Gus Ibranyi and Salvador Navarro of West Caldwell.

Falsettos is a musical with a book by William Finn and James Lapine, and music and lyrics by Finn. The musical consists of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, the last two installments in one trio of one-act Off-Broadway musicals. FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.

For more details and information about The Trevor Project, please visit ChathamPlayers.org.
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AUDITIONS For Jersey Voices

Auditions for Jersey Voices
The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for its 25th annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 19th, 7:30-9:30pm at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham, and Monday, May 20th, 7:30 to 9:30pm held at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Performances will take place on July 26th and 27th and August 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

They are looking for men and women ages 13-70s.  Actors may read from sides available at the auditions or they may present a monologue.  For those who are interested in becoming familiar with the one-acts, full scripts will be available for reading at the Library of The Chathams - across the street from the Playhouse.

Summaries of the 6 plays to be presented are available at ChathamPlayers.org.
AUDITIONS for The Humans

The Chatham Players will hold auditions for Stephen Karam’s Tony Award-winning play, The Humans, on Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th at 7:30pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave.  Production dates are October 4 thru October 19, 2019 with rehearsals to begin mid-August. Chase Newhart directs.

Director Newhart seeks four women and two men to fill out his cast.  Please arrive by 7:30.  There will be readings from the script, based upon the character you wish to be considered for, as well as type.

For more information, please visit ChathamPlayers.org.

Theater Creations Camp

 

Calling all 7- to 11-year-olds who love performing!

RESERVE SPACE

Come make magic with us!  Be part of The Chatham Community Players Theater Creations Camp.
Mon, Aug 5, 2019 - Fri, Aug 16, 2019
Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 am to 12 noon.
Our campers will learn the fundamentals of acting onstage while using their imaginations and artistic creativity to develop their very own play!  Through various games and exercises, our campers will also learn about different theatrical elements and how they are used to shape a performance.  An original script will be created using the campers chosen storyline and characters.
This work will be rehearsed and ultimately presented on the Chatham Playhouse stage in a full performance with no scripts in hand for family and friends.  This performance will take place on Friday, August 16 around 11:30am.
Price includes a copy of the show and a Theater Creations Camp T-shirt.
The two week camp is only $325 per camper.
For more information, please visit ChathamPlayers.org.
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Announcing our 98th Season!

Chatham Players 2019-2020 Season
The Chatham Community Players announce their 98th (2019-2020) Season. This group has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922.
For the upcoming season they have secured rights to produce, The Humans by Stephen Karam in October and Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon in early February, and the musical, Tuck Everlasting with music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle in May.

Season Subscriptions will be available soon at ChathamPlayers.org.
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Any amount, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Please click the DONATE button or send your check to "The Chatham Community Players, Inc.," PO Box 234, Chatham, NJ 07928-0234.

The Chatham Community Players is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
PLEASE DONATE
VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS WELCOME!

Want to see what goes on behind the scenes?  All are welcome to attend our Council meetings.  Check our website calendar.
The Chatham Players is a not-for-profit, volunteer driven organization. Our trustees, council, actors, designers, technicians, and others all contribute their time and energy to help produce valuable and exceptional theatre for the community.

The Chatham Players offers a great environment to meet artistic people, practice your craft, and help create some of the most exceptional community theatre in New Jersey!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Debby Hennessy.


CENTER PLAYERS PRESENTS “DIAL M FOR MURDER”

     
                              

Freehold, NJ – April 30, 2019 – Center Players Dessert Theater will present its next Signature Series production -- Dial M for Murder -- written by Frederick Knott, from May 17 - June 16 at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ.

Directed by veteran local director Dave McGrath (Long Branch), the play centers around a retired tennis pro who plots the murder of his wife. When she turns the tables on her attempted assailant, she is convicted of murder. The police detective who brought her to trial must then decipher the clues that will save her life. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense film weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. The cast features local actors: June Ribas, Vince Fay, Joe Zedeny, Kevin Gable, Bob Gaydos and Blake Taylor.

Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  There will be no performances Memorial Day weekend. Tickets are priced at $25-27 and are available online at www.centerplayers.org or by calling 732-462-9093.

“I am very proud and honored to direct this marvelous tale of intrigue and murder,” noted McGrath. “All its twists and turns are so well presented by a wonderfully talented cast. I'm sure audiences will truly enjoy every minute.”

Rounding out Center Players’ season will be Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, running July 26-Aug. 18, 2019.  Directed by Bernice Garfield-Szita, the play is set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles in 1987 and explores the issues of gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience.

Celebrating its 18th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.

Auditions: Chatham Playhouse’s 25th Annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival


 
The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for its 25th annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 19th, 7:30-9:30pm at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham, and Monday, May 20th, 7:30 to 9:30pm held at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Performances will take place on July 26th and 27thand August 2nd, 3rd and 4th
 
They are looking for men and women ages 13-70s.  Actors may read from sides available at the auditions or they may present a monologue.  For those who are interested in becoming familiar with the one-acts, full scripts will be available for reading at the Library of The Chathams - across the street from the Playhouse. Sides & Audition Form will available at their website atwww.chathamplayers.org.
 
Presented One-Act Plays are:
 
“Meet Millie” by Amanda Sage Comerford, Directed by Karen Thornton: Millie, eager yet unsure in her new job as a real estate agent, prepares for her first open house. However, when her parents show up to cheer her on, Millie’s day take a hilarious turn.
 
Millie (F, early 20s) clearly in her first job, a bit lost in the world and trying to find her own path
Karen (F, late 40s-early 50s) Millie’s mother. Kind of intense and opinionated
Harold (M, late 40s-early 50s) Millie’s father. More subdued than his wife, but they are a team
 
“A Visit in the Afternoon” by Fred Dennehy, Directed by John A.C. Kennedy: A dying man insists on one last visit with his granddaughter, to share a story, a secret, and an unexpected responsibility.
 
Alex (M, 70s-80s) speaks slowly and deliberately, but is still crusty, biting and very, very sharp
Mara (F, 13-17) Alex’s selfish, indifferent granddaughter; also crusty, biting and very sharp
 
“Infinite” by Jackie Jacobi, Directed by Jeff Knapp: The story of a couple in their late 30s who are staring, side-by-side, into the infinite possibilities life provides in those moments between knowing and not knowing. 
 
            Bri (F, late 30s)
            Elliot (M, late 30s)
 
“Rearranging the Ham” by Eleanor Kennedy, Directed by Arnold Buchaine:  A 60 something husband and wife coping with one of life's most difficult situations.
 
            Frank (M, 60s)
            Doris (F, 60s)
 
“On Pause” by Lauri MacMillan, Directed by Roseann Ruggiero: While a mother and son play a video game, it turns out it is more than winning at the game that is at stake.  A bonding occurs as each reveals their strengths and weaknesses and not just in the game…
 
Mom (F, 40’s – 50) smart, funny, a bit insecure, the “cool” mom
Trevor (M, 12-14) whip smart, wryly funny, kind and patient
 
“Chair Dancing” by Steve Ruskin, Directed by Joann Scanlon: A feisty "older" woman struggling with physical challenges from a stroke works with a physical therapist who knows how to challenge/encourage his patient and bring back the sparkle and enthusiasm she thought she had lost.
 
            Sarah McDaniel (F, 60s+) a feisty, determined “older woman”
            Michael Corman (M, 20s-50s) physical therapist, dedicated, sense of humor
 
The Chatham Players have an open call. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and actors of color are encouraged to audition. Any questions please send an email to ccpcasting@gmail.com.   For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org. Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995.

 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast next at Paper Mill Playhouse May 29-July 3



Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast begins performances Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ).  Due to popular demand, four performances have been added to the performance schedule.  The limited engagement will now conclude Wednesday evening, July 3, 2019, at 7:00pm.  Paper Mill Playhouse will also present an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Wednesday, June 26, at 1:30pm. This performance is designed specifically for people on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities and their families. The Goren Family & Harmony Helper and Merck are the Major Sponsors of Disney’s Beauty and the BeastPaper Mill Playhouse's 2018-2019 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank. Opening Night is set for Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 7:00pm.

Directed by Mark S. Hoebee, with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Michael Borth, the principal cast features Belinda Allyn (Paper Mill’s West Side Story) as Belle, Joel Blum (Show Boat) as Maurice, Jenelle Chu (Bernhardt/Hamlet)  as Babette, Kevin Curtis (Paper Mill’s A Chorus Line) as Lefou, Donna English (Paper Mill’s Lend Me a Tenor) as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Stacia Fernandez (Paper Mill’s Bandstand) as Mrs. Potts, Gavin Lee (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Lumiere, Kevin Ligon (Hello Dolly!) as Cogsworth, Stephen Mark Lukas (The Book of Morman) as Gaston, Tally Sessions (Paper Mill’s South Pacific) as The Beast, with Gianni David Faruolo (Fun Home) and Antonio Watson (This Ain’t No Disco) alternating in the role of Chip. 

They will be joined by Joe Bigelow, Monica Cioffi, Brittany Conigatti, Justin DeParis, Stephen DiBiase, Jennifer Evans, Annie Gagen, David Michael Garry, Leeds Hill, Brett Michael Lockley, Michael Milkanin, Corinne Munsch, Brett Pederson, Alexa Racioppi, Taylor Rosenberger, Molly Rushing, Bronwyn Tarboton, Matthew Vincent Taylor, and Cynthia Thorne.

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. 

The production team includes scenic design by Kelly James Tighe, costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by Charlie Morrison, sound design by Matt Kraus, hair and wig design by Leah J. Loukas, makeup design by Dena Olivieri, and fight direction by Rick Sordelet.The production stage manager is Andrea Cibelli. Casting by Telsey + Company, Rebecca Scholl, CSA.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 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: Due to popular demand, four added performances: Tuesday, June 18, at 7:00pm, Tuesday, July 2, at 7:00pm, Wednesday, July 3, at 1:30pm & 7:00pm. 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 www.PaperMill.org. 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.

Belinda Allyn (Belle) is thrilled to be back at Paper Mill Playhouse! She was previously seen at Paper Mill as Maria in West Side Story and recently as the standby for the leading ladies in Benny & Joon. Other credits include Allegiance (Broadway), understudy Imelda in Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep), Maria in West Side Story (Riverside Theatre), and Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC). Graduate of Oklahoma City University.

Joel Blum (Maurice) is very excited to appear at Paper Mill. Broadway: Show Boat (Tony nomination), Steel Pier (Tony nomination), The Music Man, 42nd Street, Stardust, After the Night and the Music, A Christmas Carol, Debbie (starring Debbie Reynolds). Off Broadway: Neurosis, Kid Victory, Golf: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination), And the World Goes ’Round, Game Show. Tours: Billy Elliot, Doctor Doolittle, 101 Dalmatians, Annie Get Your Gun, others. Regional: October Sky; Kiss Me, Kate; Tin Pan Alley Rag (Barrymore Award); Meet John Doe (Helen Hayes nomination); Damn Yankees; Pal Joey. TV: Ed; The Sopranos; specials with Bob Hope, Liberace, and Debbie Reynolds; The Sonny and Cher Show; The Tonight Show; Law & Order.

Jenelle Chu (Babette) is so proud to be making her Paper Mill Playhouse debut! Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet (Roundabout), Junk (Lincoln Center Theater). Regional: Vietgone (American Conservatory Theater), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare and Co.). Other NYC credits include These Seven Sicknesses, Serials @ The Flea (The Flea Theater), Good Vibrations (52nd Street Project). TV/Film: White Flags, Elementary, Instinct. Education: University of Missouri–Kansas City; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Kevin Curtis (Lefou). Paper Mill Playhouse: A Chorus Line. National Tour: A Chorus Line. Off Broadway: Invisible Thread (Second Stage). Regional: The Muny, A.R.T., Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, PCLO, North Shore Music Theatre, TUTS, Stages St. Louis. TV: Younger. Film: Take Care, Newlyweeds.

Donna English (Madame de la Grande Bouche). Broadway: Living on Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Lend Me a Tenor, Broadway. Off Broadway: Madame X (NYMF Outstanding Performance Award), Christmas in Hell, Taking a Chance on Love, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back!, and Ruthless! (Drama Desk nomination). National Tour: Genie Klein in Beautiful. This marks her tenth production with Paper Mill. Favorites include Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), The Sound of Music (Elsa), High School Musical (Ms. Darbus), Hairspray (Velma), and Harold and Maude (Mrs. Chasen). Her extensive regional credits include principle roles at Long Wharf, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Goodspeed Musicals, and 5th Avenue.

Gianni David Faruolo (Chip). Regional debut. Recent theater credits: Fun Home (John Bechdel), Peter Pan (Michael Darling), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim), and Super! The Musical (Young Mark). Recent cabaret credits: Paul Williams Tribute at Joe’s Pub (Puppeteer/Singer).

Stacia Fernandez (Mrs. Potts) is so happy to return to Paper Mill, where she previously appeared in Annie and Bandstand.  Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Mamma Mia!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Swing!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Tom Sawyer. Regional: Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Aunt Cleo in A Sign of the Times, Diana in Next to Normal, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls,  Mrs. Anna in The King and I, Grizabella in Cats. Film: Enchanted, Shaggy Dogg, Captain America, Frozen 2. As a playwright, she has written The Loop and A Smalltowne Christmas.

Gavin Lee (Lumiere). Broadway: Squidward in SpongeBob SquarePants (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Thénardier in Les Misérables, Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins (Tony and Olivier nominations, Drama Desk and Theater World Awards). Other theater: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Madison Square Garden), Show Boat (Carnegie Hall), Holiday Inn (world premiere, Goodspeed), Mary Poppins (first national tour), The Nerd (Bucks County Playhouse). London’s West End: Top Hat, Mary Poppins, Crazy for You, Peggy Sue Got Married, Me and My Girl, Oklahoma!, and Contact. TV: Woodford in White Collar (season six), Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife.

Kevin Ligon (Cogsworth) last appeared at Paper Mill Playhouse in the 1988 production of Mack and Mabel. He recently appeared on Broadway in the smash-hit revival of Hello, Dolly! as well as On the Twentieth Century; Bullets Over Broadway; The Phantom of the Opera; Sister Act; Finian’s Rainbow; Young Frankenstein; The Producers; Kiss Me, Kate; 1776; and The Secret Garden. Other credits include Anastasia (Hartford Stage Company), Max in The Sound of Music (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Mr. Bumble in Oliver! (Pioneer Theatre Company), Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration), Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls (national tour—Jeff Award), Forbidden Broadway (Off Broadway).

Stephen Mark Lukas (Gaston) is thrilled to make his Paper Mill Playhouse debut. Broadway: The Book of Mormon (Elder Price). Favorite regional credits: Curly in Oklahoma! (Ogunquit Playhouse), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (Goodspeed), Lancelot in Camelot (Westport Country Playhouse), Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Maine State Music Theatre), Captain Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Music Theatre Wichita). Television: Gossip Girl, Empire Falls.

Tally Sessions (Beast). Paper Mill: South Pacific (Luther Billis), Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway: Anastasia, War Paint, Falsettos, School of Rock, Big Fish, The House of Blue Leaves, Paramour. Tours: South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off Broadway: Giant (Public Theater), Queen of the Mist (Transport Group), Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!), Yank! (York Theatre). Regional: Leading roles at the Old Globe, the Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Signature Theatre, the Muny, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Olney Theatre Center. Awards: two Carbonell Awards, Denver’s Henry Award, two Helen Hayes Award nominations, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination. TV: Elementary, Falling Water.

Antonio Watson (Chip). Off-Broadway: This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater). Professional stage: Caroline, or Change (Tantrum Theater), The Preacher’s Wife (reading), Mandela (reading). TV/Film: Blue Bloods, All the Little Things We Kill, In the Field, Lily, The Late Show, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street. Pixie Dust Players: The People Garden, Oliver! Jr., Winnie the Pooh Kids.

Creators and Creative Team

Alan Menken (Music). Stage musicals: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Little Shop of Horrors; Beauty and the Beast; A Christmas Carol; The Little Mermaid; Sister Act; Leap of Faith; Newsies; Aladdin; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz; Kicks; A Bronx Tale. Film: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, Tangled. Television: Sesame Street, Lincoln, The Neighbors, Galavant. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, eight Oscars, 11 Grammys, seven Golden Globes, London’s Evening Standard, Olivier, Outer Critics Circle. Honors: Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard #1 single and album, Disney Legend, Hollywood Walk of Fame, doctorates from NYU and UNCSA.

Howard Ashman (Lyrics) wrote the lyrics for the Disney animated films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin (three songs). With composer Alan Menken, he received two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for Best Song (“Beauty and the Beast” and “Under the Sea”) and four Grammy Awards. He was author, lyricist, and director of the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors as well as the screenwriter for the film adaptation, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song.

Tim Rice (Lyrics) has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Their collaborations include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. Tim has also worked with composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), and Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess). In 2013, he wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every state. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

Linda Woolverton (Book) wrote the screenplays for Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee for best picture, the first animated film to receive such a nomination), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland (dir. Tim Burton), Alice Through the Lookingglass, Maleficent, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (upcoming) as well as the books for the Broadway musicals Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award nomination for best book, Olivier Award for Best New Musical), Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and Elton John’s Lestat. She also wrote the young adult novels Star Wind and Running Before the Wind.

Mark S. Hoebee (Director, Producing Artistic Director) joined the artistic team at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2000. Under his leadership, Paper Mill was presented with the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016 and in recent years launched such noteworthy projects as the world premieres of Newsies, in partnership with Disney Theatrical Productions, Honeymoon in Vegas, Ever After, Bandstand, A Bronx Tale, The Honeymooners, and The Sting starring Harry Connick, Jr., as well as the American premieres of the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, working alongside Cameron Mackintosh, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the national tour of The Bodyguard starring Deborah Cox. On Broadway, Mark directed the Actors Fund benefit of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Jennifer Hudson. He has directed national tours of Victor/Victoria starring Toni Tennille, Dreamgirls, Company, and An Evening of Lerner and Loewe starring Diahann Carroll. His directing credits at Paper Mill include West Side Story; Annie; Mary Poppins; Dreamgirls; Hello, Dolly! starring Tovah Feldshuh; Harold and Maude: The Musical with Estelle Parsons; The Will Rogers Follies starring John Davidson; Meet Me in St. Louis; The King and I; Miss Saigon; Disney’s High School Musical; Peter Pan; Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Oliver!; Damn Yankees; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Curtains; and The Full Monty starring Broadway legend Elaine Stritch. He resides in Glen Ridge with his partner Larry Elardo, Coordinating Broadcast Producer for the CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning, and their children, Stephen and Ashley.

Alex Sanchez (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to Paper Mill after having served as choreographer for West Side Story, associate choreographer for Carnival, and playing Harry Beaton in Brigadoon. He has directed Sweet Charity, Newsies, and Evita (The Marriott Theatre in Chicago); In the Mood (Bud Forrest Entertainment/national tour); and The World Goes ’Round (Riverside Theatre, NYC). In New York he choreographed Roman Holiday (pre-Broadway/GFI Productions); Giant (The Public Theater—Lortel nomination); Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons); Where’s Charley? and Fiorello (New York City Center Encores!); Red Eye of Love (co-choreographer, Amas Musical Theatre—Calloway Award winner).

Michael Borth (Music Director). Paper Mill debut. National Tours: Beauty and the Beast (international), The Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, The Will Rogers Follies, Flashdance, The King and I. Orchestrator and conductor of the original Off Broadway run of The Marvelous Wonderettes, and arranger and orchestrator of its sequels, Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns and Wonderettes: Dream On. Over 50 regional credits including Reprise, Sacramento Music Circus, Musical Theatre West, Music Theatre Wichita, Ogunquit Playhouse, and Pasadena Playhouse. Musical director of the NYC concert and cast recording of Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35mm.

Kelly James Tighe (Scenic Design). Off Broadway/National Tours: Martin Luther on Trial, The Most Reluctant Convert, The Great Divorce, The Fantasticks, Almost Heaven, Movin’ Out, Shear Madness, Cats. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, San Jose Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Center Rep, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Sacramento Theatre Company, Gateway Playhouse, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Diablo Theatre, Ray of Light. Mr. Tighe’s theatrical work is published in the textbook Scene Design and Stage Lighting, and his work as an illustrator has been published in Mooseltoe: A Moose and a Dream. Awards: SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Drama-Logue, Shellie.

Leon Dobkowski (Costume Design). Paper Mill: Annie, Mary Poppins, Vanya and Sonia.... Past productions with the Muny (St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, Seussical 2014, The Wiz 2018; Judy Award, Tarzan), Weston Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, George Street Playhouse, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Music Theatre Wichita, Engeman Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Feld Entertainment’s Disney Live!, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Westchester Broadway, NYMF (Outstanding Costume Design, Claudio Quest), Cape May Stage, TheaterWorks Hartford (CT Critics Choice Award nomination, The Legend of Georgia McBride). MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Charlie Morrison (Lighting Design). Paper Mill: Annie, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Elf, Grease, The Little Mermaid, Curtains, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Full Monty, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Hello, Dolly!. National and international tours: The Little Mermaid; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; The Producers; Hello, Dolly!; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Miss Saigon; Aida; Man of La Mancha; Guys and Dolls; Groovaloo; My Fair Lady; The King and I; 42nd Street; The Who’s Tommy; and many others. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Guthrie, Goodspeed, Seattle Rep, Dallas Summer Musicals, TUTS, 5th Avenue, Kansas City Starlight, Pittsburgh CLO, George Street Playhouse, PlayMakers Rep, Tulsa Opera, and more. Winner of two Helen Hayes Awards (seven nominations).

Matt Kraus (Sound Design). Broadway: Liza’s at the Palace…, Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony. Off Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Forbidden Broadway, Voca People. Audio coordinator for remote shoots at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse (Holiday Inn, Lend Me a Tenor, Newsies), St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Walnut Street, and more. Matt has also played the world’s most prestigious venues: Hollywood Bowl, Hampton Court Palace, Olympia in Paris, Sydney Opera House, Monte Carlo Sporting Club, and Vienna State Opera House. Matt recently won a Daytime Emmy for his work on Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall.

Leah J. Loukas (Hair & Wig Design). Paper Mill: Annie, Mary Poppins, The Honeymooners, Million Dollar Quartet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Ever After, The Little Mermaid, Oliver!, South Pacific, Grease, Elf, A Christmas Story, The Sound of Music. Broadway: Hadestown; Escape to Margaritaville; Time and the Conways; Marvin’s Room; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Sweat; Oh, Hello; The Heidi Chronicles; On the Town; A Night with Janis Joplin; Vanya and Sonia…; Irene’s Vow; American Idiot. Off Broadway/Regional: Clueless: The Musical, The True (New Group); Detroit ’67 (Hartford Stage/McCarter); White Devil (Red Bull); Plenty, Barbecue, Fortress of Solitude, Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Into the Woods (Public).

Dena Olivieri (Makeup Design) is thrilled and honored to join the creative team of Beauty and the Beast at Paper Mill Playhouse, her Paper Mill debut! She won best makeup in the Rhode Island BroadwayWorld Awards for her Beauty and the Beast makeup design in 2017.

Telsey + Company (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Beetlejuice, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Oklahoma!, Be More Chill, Network, The Cher Show, The Prom, Pretty Woman, My Fair Lady, Mean Girls, Frozen, Come from Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Hello, Dolly!, Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 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, Into the Woods, Rachel Getting Married. TV: Tales of the City, Fosse/Verdon, NOS4A2, Rent: Live, This Is Us, House of Cards, One Day at a Time, commercials.

Rick Sordelet (Fight Direction). 44 Broadway productions, including Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, and Aida. He has staged the fights for the opera Cyrano de Bergerac starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House, and the LaScala in Milan, Italy; and for over 40 productions on five continents. Film: The Game Plan starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche; and Hamlet starring Campbell Scott. He served as the chief stunt coordinator for Guiding Light and staged the fights for First Jedi, a CD-ROM for George Lucas. Rick received the Lucille Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence in 2007. He teaches at Yale School of Drama.

Andrea Cibelli (Production Stage Manager). Paper Mill: World premieres of A Bronx Tale, The Bandstand, and Honeymoon in Vegas, as well as West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Full Monty, Steel Magnolias, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Nutcracker, and New Voices 2013–2018. Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Head Over Heels, Honeymoon in Vegas. Tours: West Side Story, Spring Awakening. International: West Side Story (Japan), Race for Love (China). Regional: Dreamgirls (TOTS), The Little Mermaid (DSM). Other credits include Monkey: Journey to the West, The Mile-Long Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Princeton University Dance Department, and Lincoln Center Festival.

Accessibility Performances and Autism-Friendly Performance for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Paper Mill Playhouse, a leader in accessibility, will offer audio-described performances for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 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, June 23, 2019, at 7:00pm. Paper Mill Playhouse will also present an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Wednesday, June 26, at 1:30pm. This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, and is planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Playhouse’s Autism Advisory Team. The theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The performance itself will be adjusted with special attention paid to lighting and sound.  For tickets to this special performance, please call the Paper Mill Playhouse box office at 973-376-4343 or visit www.PaperMill.org/autism.

Major sponsors for Paper Mill Playhouse’s autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are The Goren Family & Harmony Helper, and Merck.

Major funding for autism-friendly programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Wells Fargo.

Additional support includes Autism Speaks, C.R. Bard Foundation, The Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, The Karma Foundation, Merck, MetLife Foundation, Nordstrom, George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust, and Summit Area Public Foundation.


Free Audience Enrichment Activities for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

CONVERSATION CLUB: Join us Thursday evenings, May 30, June 6, 13, and 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, May 29, we host a pre-show discussion in the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery.

Q&A WITH THE CAST: After the matinee on Saturday, June 22, stick around for a lively Q&A with cast members directly following the performance.

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Paper Mill Playhouse recently announced its 2019-2020 season opening with a highly anticipated new musical about one of the world’s most beloved entertainment icons. Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz (September 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019) 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. Next, a dash of fairytale romance, magical onstage transformations, and of course, glass slippers in this family musical just in time for the holidays, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (November 20, 2019 - December 29, 2019). This enchanting, Tony-nominated Broadway adaptation of the beloved musical will put a spell on audiences of all ages. Next winter, Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world-premiere musical Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (January 30, 2020 - March 1, 2020), about the remarkable life and celebrated work of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Unmasked will feature new material and rediscovered gems, along with the history of their creation intertwined with Andrew’s extraordinary personal story. In the spring, Paper Mill Playhouse welcomes back our good friend and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken with his Tony-nominated musical Sister Act (April 1, 2020 -April 26, 2020). Based on the 1992 hit film, this feel-good musical follows Deloris Van Cartier as she goes 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 some unwanted attention. Paper Mill Playhouse closes its 81st season with the world-premiere musical The Wanderer  (May 28, 2020 - June 28, 2020), the story of  Dion DiMucci and how he 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.

Paper Mill Playhouse offers three, four and five-show subscription packages, available now, starting at just $111. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see www.PaperMill.org for details). Youth subscriptions are available for children ages 4-18 with the purchase of an adult subscription with accessible discount pricing. Single tickets will go on sale on August 19 starting at just $35. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Titles, casting and dates subject to change.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director), recipient of the 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, 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. For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.