Andrew Lloyd Webber Revue Unmasked, Judy Garland Musical & More Set for 2019-2020 at Paper Mill – Broadway.com

The Paper Mill Playhouse will launch its 2019–2020 season with the new Judy Garland bio-musical Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, tracing Garlands early career through her casting as Dorothy in the iconic 1939 MGM picture. The musical, having premiered at Goodspeed Musicals in 2016, will running September 26–October 27 at the Millburn, New Jersey, venue.

Denis Jones directs and choreographs Chasing Rainbows, which has a book by Mark Acito and music adaptation by David Libby. The show is based on a concept by Tina Marie Casamento.

Dion. One name set the standard of cool for a generation. But how does a kid from the Bronx make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? In The Wanderer,” the incredible musical journey of a troubled young man turned teenage heartthrob (and, ultimately, rock n roll icon) is told in intimate and no-holds-barred detail. Dions music helped define a generation of rock and rollers. His lifelong battle with addiction shed a stark light on the darker side of fame and success. This musical takes both subjects head on, set to the iconic sound of an incomparable era in American music, and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. The Wanderer is the riveting true story of Dion, New Yorks rebel king, the man Bruce Springsteen calls the link between Frank Sinatra and rock and roll.

The season continues with Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella, directed by Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee (November 20–December 29); as well as the previously announced Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Laurence Connor (January 30–March 1, 2020).

This highly anticipated new musical about one of the worlds most beloved entertainment icons, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz is the story of how 5-year-old Frances Gumm became Judy Garland, chronicling her early career from vaudeville to her rise at MGM, where she wins the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Chasing Rainbows features legendary songs, including Over the Rainbow, You Made Me Love You and Everybody Sing. The show has already earned praise from Liza Minnelli, who said, My mother said that her biography is in her music, and now a talented creative team is using that music to tell the story of her early years and her extraordinary rise to fame.

The Broadway adaptation of Sister Act, featuring a score by Alan Menken and Glen Slater, will follow (April 1–26). The 2011 Broadway musical has a book by Douglas Carter Beane and Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner.

One of the most successful musical theater composers of all time takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes journey in Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Written with Richard Curtis and directed by Laurence Connor, Unmasked is a not-always-reverential look at Andrews life and musical career. Youll hear his best-loved work, including classics from Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard, in sometimes new and unexpected ways. This new production will also feature new material and rediscovered gems, along with the history of their creation intertwined with Andrews extraordinary personal story.

Closing out the season is The Wanderer, the world-premiere musical based on the life of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Dion (May 28–June 28). With a book by Charles Messina, the production traces Dions rise from his Bronx childhood to fame as a teenage heartthrob in the 1950s and early 60s, with hits like Runaround Sue, Teenager in Love, and I Wonder Why. Kenneth Ferone will direct.

Based on the 1992 hit film, this feel-good musical comedy smash sizzles with powerful music, spectacular dancing, and a story brimming with heart. The madcap plot is set in motion when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and must go into hiding in a convent — where she clashes, hilariously, with cloistered life. Deloris inspires the sisters with her soulful style, but the church choirs newfound fame attracts the attention of the bad guys. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), the musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Paper Mill Playhouse announces the lineup for its 2019-2020 season with three premieres and a total of five musicals. Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling 973.379.3717 or by visiting the theaters website at www.PaperMill.org.

Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2019-2020 season with a highly anticipated new musical about one of the worlds most beloved entertainment icons. Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz(September 26-October 27) is the story of how five-year-old Frances Gumm became Judy Garland, chronicling her early career from vaudeville to her rise at MGM, where she wins the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to produce two world premieres and a New Jersey premiere as part of our all-musical lineup, said Mark S. Hoebee, the theaters producing artistic director. Producing new works is central to our vision of becoming recognized as one of the most important incubators of new musical projects. Were opening our doors to collaborate with and host the top talents of musical theater, both established artists like Andrew Lloyd Webber and up-and-coming playwrights and composers.”

Next, a dash of fairytale romance, magical onstage transformations, and of course, glass slippers in this family musical just in time for the holidays, Rodgers + Hammersteins Cinderella (November 20-December 29). This enchanting, Tony-nominated Broadway adaptation of the beloved musical will put a spell on audiences of all ages.

Next winter, Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world-premiere musical Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (January 30-March 1), about the remarkable life and celebrated work of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Unmasked will feature new material and rediscovered gems, along with the history of their creation intertwined with Andrews extraordinary personal story.

Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner, additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture Sister Act Written by Joseph Howard.

In the spring, Paper Mill Playhouse welcomes back our good friend and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken with his Tony-nominated musical Sister Act(April 1-April 26). Based on the 1992 hit film, this feel-good musical follows Deloris Van Cartier as she goes into hiding in a convent-where she clashes, hilariously, with cloistered life. Deloris inspires the sisters with her soulful style, but the church choirs newfound fame attracts some unwanted attention.

Its a new year of performances at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, an N.J. theater favorite. Here, a peek at what the curtains will open on this fall and into the new year.

Paper Mill Playhouse closes its 81st season with the world-premiere musical The Wanderer (May 28-June 28), the story of Dion DiMucci and how he 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.

Book by Marc Acito, music adapted & additional music by David Libby, conceived and created by Tina Marie Casamento, directed and choreographed by Denis Jones

“Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to produce two world premieres and a New Jersey premiere as part of our all-musical lineup,” 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. Were opening our doors to collaborate with and host the top talents of musical theater, both established artists like Andrew Lloyd Webber and up-and-coming playwrights and composers.”

Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, new book by Douglas Carter Beane, original book by Oscar Hammerstein II, directed by Mark S. Hoebee

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 $111. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see www.PaperMill.org for details). 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 19 starting at just $35. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. 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.

CHASING RAINBOWS: The Road to Oz September 26-October 27 Book by Marc Acito Music Adapted & Additional Music by David Libby Conceived & Created by Tina Marie Casamento Directed & Choreographed by Denis Jones

This highly anticipated new musical about one of the worlds most beloved entertainment icons, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz is the story of how five-year-old Frances Gumm became Judy Garland, chronicling her early career from vaudeville to her rise at MGM, where she wins the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Chasing Rainbows features legendary songs, including “Over the Rainbow,” “You Made Me Love You,” and “Everybody Sing.” The show has already earned praise from Liza Minnelli, who said, “My mother said that her biography is in her music, and now a talented creative team is using that music to tell the story of her early years and her extraordinary rise to fame.”

Rodgers + Hammersteins CINDERELLA November 20-December 29 Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II New Book by Douglas Carter Beane Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II Directed by Mark S. Hoebee

This enchanting, Tony-nominated Broadway adaptation of the beloved musical will put a spell on audiences of all ages. Rodgers + Hammersteins Cinderella showcases some of the songwriting duos loveliest tunes, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/Its Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as some new characters and surprising twists. Add a dash of fairytale romance, magical onstage transformations, and the iconic pumpkin and glass slippers-and youre guaranteed to have a ball!

UNMASKED: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber January 30-March 1 Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Written with Richard Curtis Directed by Laurence Connor

One of the most successful musical theater composers of all time takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes journey in Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Written with Richard Curtis and directed by Laurence Connor, Unmasked is a not-always-reverential look at Andrews life and musical career. Youll hear his best-loved work, including classics from Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard, in sometimes new and unexpected ways. This new production will also feature new material and rediscovered gems, along with the history of their creation intertwined with Andrews extraordinary personal story.

SISTER ACT April 1-April 26 Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture Sister Act Written by Joseph Howard

Based on the 1992 hit film, this feel-good musical comedy smash sizzles with powerful music, spectacular dancing, and a story brimming with heart. The madcap plot is set in motion when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and must go into hiding in a convent-where she clashes, hilariously, with cloistered life. Deloris inspires the sisters with her soulful style, but the church choirs newfound fame attracts the attention of the bad guys. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), the musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Dion. One name set the standard of cool for a generation. But how does a kid from the Bronx make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? In The Wanderer, the incredible musical journey of a troubled young man turned teenage heartthrob (and, ultimately, rock and roll icon) is told in intimate and no-holds-barred detail. Dions music helped define a generation of rock and rollers. His lifelong battle with addiction shed a stark light on the darker side of fame and success. This musical takes both subjects head on, set to the iconic sound of an incomparable era in American music, and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. The Wanderer is the riveting true story of Dion, New Yorks rebel king, the man Bruce Springsteen calls “the link between Frank Sinatra and rock and roll.”


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