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Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 75th Season Musicals

Milburn theater picks five musicals with at least one with plans to go to Broadway.

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the lineup for its 75th anniversary season, featuring five musicals, with at least one with plans to move on to Broadway, officials announced Monday. 

“I could not be happier with this lineup to celebrate our 75th anniversary," the Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater, Mark S. Hoebee, said.  “Paper Mill Playhouse’s direction is clear. With Newsies, a hit on Broadway, Les Misérables heading to Broadway in 2014 and at least one show in our upcoming season with Broadway plans, Paper Mill Playhouse is the place to premiere a production with Broadway aspirations."

The playhouse plans to produce the following shows:

  • Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Oliver!
  • The Other Josh Cohen
  • South Pacific
  • Grease

“We are proud to have created an irresistible lineup of stories you know and love, glorious music and many memorable moments of theater magic," Managing Director Todd Schmidt said.

Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at $87. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see www.papermill.org for details). 

Honeymoon in Vegas Sept. 26 through Oct. 27
Book by: Andrew Bergman
Music and lyrics by: Jason Robert Brown

A world-premiere musical heading for Broadway from Paper Mill Playhouse starring television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss, Taxi)! Based on the hit movie, this insanely funny musical tells the tale of Jack Singer, a guy with an extraordinary fear of marriage, who finally overcomes his phobia and goes to Las Vegas to wed his long-time girlfriend Betsy. Enter Tommy Korman (Danza), a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. Tommy spots Betsy, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, and the game is afoot. The author of the comedy classics The In-Laws and The Freshman and the Tony-winning composer of The Last Five Years team up to create a side-splitting musical with all the glitz, fun, and brassy glamor of a night out in Las Vegas! See this hilarious world premiere before it goes to Broadway.

Oliver! Nov. 21 through Dec. 29
Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart 

Adapted from the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, this is one of the most beloved and celebrated musicals of all time. You will be enthralled from the start with this miraculous tale of a young orphan in his quest to find home and family amidst the seedy underground of Victorian London. Dickens’ larger-than-life characters will sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including “Food Glorious Food”, “I’d Do Anything,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Who Will Buy,” and “Consider Yourself.”

The Other Josh Cohen Feb. 19 through March 16, 2014
Book, music and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen 

Losing everything is just the beginning. In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck.  He’s single, broke and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed on his least favorite day of the year – Valentine’s Day. Just when it seems all hope is lost, a mysterious check arrives in the mail that could change his life forever. The New York Times calls it "Superb and sweetly funny." “It’s Seinfeld meets Rodgers and Hart directed by Woody Allen,” raved Backstage. The musical makes its way from off-Broadway to the Paper Mill stage and beyond.

South Pacific April 9 through May 4, 2014
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
(Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize–winning book Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener)

One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush, exotic and mysterious tropical island during WWII. This musical masterpiece by Rodgers and Hammerstein (creators of The Sound of Music) boasts remarkable songs that transcend time – “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali Hai,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “There Is Nothing Like A Dame” and many more.

Grease May 28 through June 29, 2014
Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

A rock-n-roll celebration of growing up and falling in love set in the Fabulous 50s. The musical bursts on to the Paper Mill stage in an all new production. Grease strikes a universal chord with an irresistible mix of fast cars and first loves. It’s Danny and Sandy, the Greasers and The Pink Ladies. It’s a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs.

MarkDS March 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Ug, Grease?! They only did it 10 years ago. It is one of the most overrated of shows. And the least kid-friendly of shows often considered kid-friendly. But it is good to once again see them being the tryout for a Broadway bound show by a top composer. And Oliver is a good holiday season choice and South Pacific a good standard choice.

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