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 …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
South Orange's David Josefsberg wins kudos at Paper Mill
New Jersey loves its sopranos, but for the next few weeks, tenors are the dominant class in the northern area codes. And theater fans from Cape May to Cliffside Park will want to share the mayhem and merriment at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. No doubt the majority of regular theatergoers have seen at least one production of “Lend Me a Tenor,” a door-slamming farce that has been a staple of professional and community theaters since its debut in 1986 on London’s West End. It debuted on Broadway in 1989, where it earned nine Tony nominations (winning two), and was revived there in 2010. Playwright Ken Ludwig, who has seen his comic hit translated into 16 languages, attended Sunday’s press opening at Paper Mill and shared a standing …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Actor-Director-Teacher Ed Schiff to guide seniors in new acting workshop at the Millburn playhouse.
Paper Mill Playhouse recently announced a wide array of classes and performance opportunities for adults interested in the Senior Players Acting workshop. There will be limited enrollment, so students are urged to reserve space as soon as possible. A new workshop, emphasizing positive reinforcement will be offered on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., April 9 through May 21 at the Paper Mill Playhouse under the guidance of stage, television and movie veteran Ed Schiff. “The ‘reality of doing’ is one of the basic tenets of truthful acting and the participants in the Senior Players Workshop will find great fun and stimulus in the six weeks of ‘doing’ stage presentations,” Schiff said. Schiff is a veteran with more than 200 professional …
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…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Enjoyable revival sets festive tone for the holidays
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, …
Tuesday, October 9, 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 times…
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 …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Adult class will meet once a week and end with a showcase performance.
Why should kids have all the fun? The Paper Mill Playhouse is now offering adults an opportunity to grab some of the limelight as well. Paper Mill Playhouse has added a new course to its Theatre School offerings for adults who like to sing – The Paper Mill Playhouse Adult Chorale. Members of this company will participate in ensemble singing as they explore the world of American popular music. The Adult Chorale will meet from 7:30-9 pm on Monday evenings, for eight weeks, beginning April 2, 2012. “For those with a love of choral singing, The Paper Mill Playhouse Adult Chorale is a wonderful opportunity,” says Mickey McNany, Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School Director. “This latest addition to our Theatre School schedule provides a …