Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Registration for the Paper Mill Players Camp is now open
Millburn's local playhouse announces a new arts education initiative, The Paper Mill Players Camp. The summer camp is a non-competitive, summer musical theater workshop in which students can have fun while honing their acting, singing and dancing skills. The classes will run from July 2 to July 25 and meet three times a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Registration is now open. “We are thrilled to add this summer program to our Theatre School offerings,” Theater School Director Mickey McNany said. “Unlike our highly competitive Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, the Paper Mill Players Camp has no audition requirement and students will be enrolled on a first-come, first served basis." There is a morning session available from 9:…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Milburn theater picks five musicals with at least one with plans to go to Broadway.
Monday, March 11
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: “We are proud to have created an irresistible lineup of stories you know and …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Carriage House is now open at Millburn's playhouse Wednesday through Sunday.
The Paper Mill Playhouse has opened the doors to its own bar and bistro for guests to enjoy before or after plays — or just for another dining option steps away from downtown Millburn. The Carriage House is open Wednesday to Sunday 4:30 to 10 p.m. It is also open for brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as before most performances. The restaurant seats 60 people. "Everyone that's been here said they loved it," chef Holly Guber said. "People have been coming out from around the neighborhood for brunch also." The Carriage House's soft opening was during "The Sound of Music". During "Chorus Line" it opened but only before and after shows. On Friday nights, jazz bands perform acoustically in the bar from 6 to 9 p.m. In January the…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Enjoyable revival sets festive tone for the holidays; Maplewood boy plays Kurt.
Despite its utter lack of thematic connection to the holiday season, “The Sound of Music” always feels like a good fit when the sleigh bells start to ring. Paper Mill Playhouse scored a hit with this beloved family musical in 2003, when it closed on Dec. 14. This year, it’s back with full billing as a limited holiday engagement, which will extend to Dec. 30. James Brennan, who directed the 2003 revival, is back with an all new cast and a more attractive and three-dimensional set. No need to rank which production was better because what we have, here and now, is a perfectly timed tribute to the magic of live theater and a worthy successor to the legacy of the final triumph authored by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The cast, too, shines brightly…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A Seimens finalist, and an actor at the Paper Mill were recognized at Monday's meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The South Orange - Maplewood School District Board of Education recognized two students on Monday, Nov. 19. Columbia High School senior, Jacob McNamara, was named a semi-finalist in the 2012-13 Siemens Foundation Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The Siemens Competition, regarded as one of the leading science and mathematics research-based competitions for high school students, has high academic standards, a rigorous judging process and emphasizes authentic scientific research. Jacob was selected for his outstanding accomplishments in these categories. Finalists were announced in USA Today on October 25 and on Siemens Foundation website at www.siemens-foundation.org on Friday, October 19. Maplewood Middle School 7th-grader, …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Cast, alumni of "A Chorus Line" pay tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on opening night at Millburn's playhouse.
The bright lights of prime-time show business stretched from downtown Millburn all the way to Brookside Drive Sunday night, where Paper Mill Playhouse premiered its 2012-13 season in grand style. Following the press opening of its splashy revival of “A Chorus Line,” about 50 former cast members from the legendary Broadway production joined the current cast onstage for a tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch, who wrote the musical’s memorable score, died in August. In addition to a high-kicking reprise of “One,” the capacity crowd was treated to some moving personal tributes, including a speech from Mitzi Hamilton, who inspired one of the show’s characters and is directing “A Chorus Line” here, as she has done some three dozen …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Paper Mill Playhouse nominates Tricia Benn and Bethany Pettigrew for honorable mention for this year’s high school musical.
The choreographers who helped the Sharks and Jets step out in West Side Story have been signaled out by the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for outstanding high school musical theater. The Paper Mill nominated Tricia Benn and Bethany Pettigrew for honorable mention for choreography and staging. The awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, serve the entire state of New Jersey with nearly 100 entered productions from public, private and parochial high schools. “We're always proud of the CHS kids and the work they do but never more proud than this year,” Pettigrew said. “West Side Story is a thrilling show to produce mainly because of the amazing Jerome Robbins choreography. It was an honor for them to be exposed to his work and …
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Just in time for baseball season, a darn good production of "Damn Yankees"
The Boys of Summer have arrived early this year at Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, which has proven to be a hitter’s ballpark with a playoff-quality production of Damn Yankees. Director Mark S. Hoebee and his splendid lineup don’t quite knock this beloved musical comedy out of the park, but they clearly show they have some game. Certainly, the press-opening crowd on Sunday night cheered as though it had just witnessed a dominant victory. Hoebee’s first smart decision — most likely wearing his artistic director uniform at the time — was to skip the changes seen in the 1994 revival and stick to the classic 1955 original, which made stars out of Ray Walston and especially Gwen Verdon as the devilish seductress, Lola. Fifty-seven years later…
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Irving Berlin musical, 2011 Holiday Village and Animated Light Spectacular and Holiday Gift Bazaar all at Paper Mill Playhouse.
The Paper Mill Playhouse has announced an extended holiday schedule for the production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the theater. The performances, which began at the Millburn theater on Nov. 16, will continue through Christmas Eve. The following is the schedule for remaining performances: • Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. • Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. • Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. • Thursday, Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. • Friday, Dec. 23 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Based on the Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film, the musical tells the tale of two famous song-and-dance men who stage a show in a scenic, snow-topped Vermont inn — and …