(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Managing Director Michael Stotts have announced the lineup for its 2020-2021 season. Amid much concern over the current Coronavirus and its impact locally and around the world, Paper Mill Playhouse looks forward to opening its doors to audiences for a season of healing, of laughter, and of joy.
The Paper Mill Playhouse 2020-2021 line up includes two world-premiere musicals: The Wanderer, rescheduled from the 2019-2020 season after being postponed due to the national health crisis, and Bruce, a musical based on the memoir The Jaws Log about the making of the 1975 summer blockbuster.
Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling (973) 379-3717 or by visiting the theater’s website at www.PaperMill.org. Due to health restrictions the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office is closed for in-person transactions until further notice.
Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2020-2021 season with a hilarious farce about one of America’s treasured pieces of pop culture with Clue directed by Casey Hushion (October 7–November 11, 2020). Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble for a dinner party at Boddy Manor. Based on the cult 1985 Paramount movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro game, Clue is a whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter.
Next is the perfect family musical just in time for the holidays, The Sound of Music directed and choreographed by Mark S. Hoebee (November 25, 2020–January 3, 2021), including such beloved gems as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final masterpiece conjures an Austria replete with rolling hills, singing nuns, and a tender love story, set in the shadow of World War II.
Beginning the new year, Paper Mill Playhouse presents a reimagined version of the Tony-winning Disney musical Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida directed by Schele Williams with choreography by Camille A. Brown (February 4–March 7, 2021). This updated version of the Broadway smash offers a fresh take on the tale with a contemporary score, while retaining the iconic characters, and powerful love story of the original production. Following the Paper Mill Playhouse premiere, the production will embark on a national tour.
The spring welcomes the world premiere musical of The Wanderer directed by Kenneth Ferrone (April 8 – May 9, 2021), which we are thrilled to bring to the stage, in association with Jill Menza, following the show’s postponement from the 2019-2020 season. The new musical, based on the life of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, will be worth the wait! An Italian-American kid from the Bronx, Dion skyrocketed to fame as a teenage heartthrob in the 1950s and early ’60s with hits like “Runaround Sue,” “Teenager in Love” and “I Wonder Why.” Now, his extraordinary journey comes to the stage in a moving and intimate new musical about a life lived in the glow of the spotlight and in the shadow of addiction. The Wanderer is the riveting true story of New York’s rebel king, the man Bruce Springsteen calls “the link between Frank Sinatra and rock and roll” and will be worth the wait!
Paper Mill Playhouse closes its 82nd season with the world premiere of Bruce directed and choreographed by Donna Feore (June 9 – July 4, 2021), a new musical based on The Jaws Log by screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. Chronicling the making of an iconic movie, Bruce tells the story of a then unknown 26-year-old director named Steven Spielberg, his beleaguered film set, and the challenges that thwarted him and his team at every turn, including the film’s star: an uncooperative mechanical shark named Bruce. At its heart, the show proves that when we are faced with hardship and work together as a team, great things can happen. Canadian Donna Feore, renowned for her work with Canada's Stratford Festival, directs and choreographs. Bruce is a co-production with Seattle Rep.
“Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to produce this amazing season featuring both new works and reimagined favorites,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director of the Millburn theater. “Producing new works is central to our vision of becoming recognized as one of the most important incubators of new musical projects. In addition, we endeavor to further the art form by producing reimagined works from the musical theater canon. We look forward to welcoming Thomas Schumacher and Disney Theatrical Productions back to Paper Mill Playhouse to collaborate with this formidable creative team on yet another inspiring piece of theater with a newly reimagined production of Aida. I also am enormously happy to present the postponed world premiere of The Wanderer, which our audience has been eagerly anticipating!”
“All of us at Paper Mill Playhouse look forward to turning the lights back on and welcoming audiences back to our theater for this incredibly exciting 2020-2021 season!” said Managing Director Michael Stotts. “We can’t get through this crisis and continue to fulfill our mission without the many donors and subscribers who take this journey with us every year. With the support of our subscribers and donors, Paper Mill Playhouse will continue to be a leader in creating and producing world class musical theater and arts education programs while providing access to all.”
“We are honored to actively support Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2020-2021 season of sensational theatrical performances, which will engage audiences of all ages,” said Investors Bank Chairman and CEO Kevin Cummings. “Paper Mill enriches our communities by bringing Broadway-quality productions to local families and theater-lovers. More importantly, the theater inspires more than 40,000 students each year by providing invaluable experiences that inspire them in many positive ways. Our bank believes that arts education helps students recognize and develop their creative capabilities, which will serve them for a lifetime.”
Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at just $114. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits. Youth subscriptions are available for children ages 4-18 with the purchase of an adult subscription with accessible discount pricing. Single tickets will go on sale on August 17, 2020, starting at just $35. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or online at www.PaperMill.org. PLEASE NOTE: Due to health restrictions the box office is closed for in-person transactions until further notice. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Titles, casting and dates subject to change.
Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Paper Mill Playhouse needs your support more than ever. Donations may be made online.