Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Full Casting For West Side Story

6a00d8345212eb69e2010536c2a524970cSomething’s Coming and you don’t wanna miss this one! Paper Mill Playhouse is set to end its 2015-16 season with one of the most beloved Broadway musicals of all time. While the musical may leave you choosing sides, it will without a doubt plunge you into the mean streets of 1950’s New York where the Jets and the Sharks are battling for turf. In the midst of the battle, an unexpected romance is about to blossom that is going to change everything, forever. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Paper Mill Playhouse has announced full casting for its upcoming production of West Side Story!

markhoebee-042612-it-tifPaper Mill Playhouse is set to stage West Side Story as its final production of the 2015-16 season. The production will begin performances June 1st before officially opening June 5th, 2016. The show is slated to run through June 26th only.  Paper Mill producing artistic director Mark S. Hoebee (Pictured Right) directs the production Alex Sanchez recreating Jerome Robbin’s original choreography. Steve Orich provides musical direction for the production.

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2016-17 Season

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.34.27 PMLeading the company will be Matt Doyle as Tony, Belinda Allyn as Maria, Natalie Cortez as Anita, German Alexander as Bernardo and Mikey Winslow as Riff (All Pictured Left). Other leading characters include Maria Briggs as Anybodys, Michael Bullard as Big Deal, Spencer Clark as Gee-Tar, John Michael Fiumara as Diesel, Kevin C. Loomis as Officer Krupke, Dean Andre de Luna as Chino, William Ragsdale as Schrank, Jay Russell as Doc, Parker Slaybaugh as Baby John, Jack Sippel as A-Rab, Brendan Stimson as Snowboy, Craig Waletzko as Glad Hand and Cody Williams as Action. Thanks to Paper Mill Playhouse for the photo left!

The ensemble includes Danny Bevins, Victoria Casillo, Damian Chambers, Philip Colgan, Brittany Conigatti, Lauren Csete, Tenealle Farragher, Lisa Finegold, Jordan Isadore, Ilda Mason, Kat Nejat, Kevin Michael Raponey, Alexia Sky, Summerisa Bell Stevens, Jayme Wappel and James Allen Washington.

The rest of the creative team includes James Youmans as scenic designer, Charlie Morrison as lighting designer, David C. Woolard as costume designer, Randy Hansen as sound designer with Amanda Miller as hair, wig and make-up designer. Kelly Tighe provides scenic coordination with Dana Burkart providing costume coordination. Andrea Cibelli is production stage manager. Casting for the show is be Telsey + Company.

Paper_Mill_Playhouse_entrancePaper Mill Playhouse (Pictured Right) is located in Millburn, New Jersey built from a building that has stood on the grounds since 1795. Originally a Paper Mill, the building stood abandoned for many decades before being turned into a working theatre in the late 1920’s/early 1930’s. The building has since been renovated and remodeled multiple times following fires throughout its years. Paper Mill officially began staging shows in 1934 and has remained a New Jersey theatre icon since then. The theatre found itself in serious financial trouble in 2007 seeking $1.5 million dollars to continue operations or faced closing.  While Paper Mill failed to raise the funds needed to remain open, the township of Millburn purchased the land on which the theater sits and have entered a 75 years lease with the theatre in order to secure its future. Despite the local government intervention, all operations remain independently run through the playhouse.

178162_522708264425331_1998987266_oLuner Lowdown: I am so looking forward to Paper Mill staging West Side Story as their season finale later this year! Paper Mill has lined up an incredible cast of veterans and several familiar faces not only to the Broadway community but ourselves. I’m thrilled and looking forward to seeing fellow-classmate and Wagner Theatre alum Michael Bullard (Pictured Right) back on stage in the production having starred in the International Tour just 3 years ago! Paper Mill brings West Side Story back to the region after the show was most recently revived on Broadway in 2009. That new production incorporated Spanish lyrics and dialogue into the English libretto with the help of Tony Award winner Lin-Manual Miranda. I have no doubt Paper Mill will see large audiences for this show’s entire run as West Side Story has proved to be a timeless musical for the world of theatre-goers.

Tickets for Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2015-16 season finale West Side Story are now on sale! Tickets can be purchased online, in-person at the box office or by calling (973)-376-4343. Don’t miss your chance to see this beloved Broadway classic return to the stage later this year at Paper Mill, one of the nation’s most acclaimed regional theaters.

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