Angelo Del Rossi, Paper Mill Playhouse’s former executive director, will be remembered during a memorial tribute beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 20th at the theater he led at 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.
The event will be hosted by Del Rossi’s husband Per Rasmussen and scheduled performers include Lee Roy Reams, Judy McLane, Leslie Kritzer, Glory Crampton, Richard White, Susan Powell, Janna Robbins and Governor Tom Kean.
“During his 40-year tenure, Angelo certainly earned his role as the ‘face of Paper Mill’, ” said Mark S. Hoebee, the theater’s current producing artistic director. “You couldn’t mention one without immediately thinking of the other.
He rebuilt the theater after devastating fire
“He led the organization through some of the theater’s most prosperous years in the 1980s when Paper Mill was establishing itself as a world-class venue and incubator for new works. He was a kind and empathetic leader who was a friend to everyone. He was an incredible mentor to me personally, generously teaching me the lessons he had learned through his many years at the helm while also encouraging me to forge a new path for the playhouse. He was a larger-than-life figure in the story of Paper Mill Playhouse and in the community it serves.”
Del Rossi was a familiar and respected leader in the theater community. He was the driving force behind the rebuilding of the playhouse after its destruction by fire in 1980. He worked with such theater luminaries as George Abbott, Stephen Sondheim, Maury Yeston, Stephen Schwartz and Jerry Herman, who willingly turned to Paper Mill Playhouse to introduce new work or bring new life to their previous successes.
The event is free to the public, no tickets or reservations required to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions to the Angelo Del Rossi Fund, Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ, 07041.