Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2017-18 Season
New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse has just announced it’s most daring and boldest season to date! The 2017-18 season is set to feature two world-premieres, two East Coast premieres and a musical theatre classic.
Paper Mill Playhouse is one of the nation’s best known regional theaters. However, since it’s near death almost a decade ago, the theater has not only emerged with better financial standings but emerged to become one of the most iconic regional theaters in the country. Two productions from last season alone, The Bandstand and A Bronx Tale, have both transferred to Broadway since making their debut at Paper Mill during the 2015-16 season. The current 2016-17 season is still set to include Million Dollar Quartet and Disney’s Mary Poppins. The newly announced ’17-18 season is sure to feature some hits that will also no doubt make their way across the river to New York for a further life following their Paper Mill performances. The 2017-18 Paper Mill season is set to include;
- The Honeymooners (September 29th – October 29th)
- Annie (November 22nd – December 31st)
- The Outsider (January 24th – February 18th)
- The Sting (March 29th – April 29th)
- Half Time (May 31st – July 1st)
While there are still many gaps to be filled in, here is what we do know about the Paper Mill season announced above! The Honeymooners will be directed by Josh Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. The musical comes to Paper Mill after canceling it’s 2015 premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in order to fast track to Broadway. Broadway’s favorite (And Only?) orphan Annie will be directed by Mark S. Hoebee and choreographed by Denis Jones. The Outsider, Paul Slade Smith’s new comedy, comes to Paper Mill under a new title having premiered at the Wisconsin’s Peninsula Players Theatre in 2015 under the name A Real Lulu. The Sting, brought to you by the same creative forces behind Urinetown, will be directed by John Rando with Warren Carlyle as choreographer. Last but not least, Half Time comes to the East Coast following its premiere in Chicago in 2015 directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
Paper Mill Playhouse (Pictured Left) 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.
LUNER LOWDOWN: Paper Mill Playhouse has truly out done themselves with their 2017-18 season. Over the past five years, Paper Mill has managed to stage many pre-Broadway productions, both planned and unplanned. It has found a healthy mix in producing works that have already had a great life on stage and bringing to life complete new ones. That balance has not only worked financially but in numbers with audiences often crossing the river into New Jersey to check out a production before it may end up on Broadway. This new season is without a doubt Paper Mill’s most daring to date with four out of five productions as premieres entirely or for the East Coast. While many shows have tried out Paper Mill before transferring to a second life on Broadway, this may be the season that designates Paper Mill Broadway’s official pre-tryout house. With a similar size and audience base producers can expect to see in New York, it’s an ideal location that also gives New Jersey residents the chance to experience these musicals before the rest of the world. I have no doubt next season will prove successful for Paper Mill and we look forward to covering it here on our site.
We’re so looking forward to the 2017-18 Paper Mill Playhouse season and all it has to offer its audiences! For more information on how you can get tickets to the 2017-18 Paper Mill season, Call (973)-379-3717. The 2016-17 season at Paper Mill continues with Million Dollar Quartet running March 29th through April 23rd before Disney’s high-flying hit Mary Poppins flies onto the stage May 24th through June 25th.