Paper Mill Playhouse 2016-17 season includes U.S. premiere of ‘Bodyguard’

Paper Mill Playhouse today announced its 2016-2017 season which will include four musicals, one play and will host the American premiere of “The Bodyguard” (based on the 1992 movie) starring Grammy Award nominee and R&B singer Deborah Cox.

The production launches the national tour of the musical that had its world premiere in London’s West End where it was nominated for four Olivier Awards including best new musical. It won best new musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

“Paper Mill Playhouse continues its legacy of bringing the finest musical theater to the audiences of New Jersey and beyond,” said the Millburn theater’s Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebeke.  “We are excited to launch the US premiere musical and national tour of “The Bodyguard”Each time Paper Mill Playhouse has produced a show that has a life beyond our theater, it brings great pride to the people of our state.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a leading exporter of art in New Jersey, and we are ecstatic to continue that tradition.”

Paper Mill Playhouse opens with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (September 28-October 23). Next is “The Bodyguard” (November 25-January 1) which was adapted by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (“Birdman”) from Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film. “A Comedy of Tenors,” Ken Ludwig’s sequel to “Lend Me a Tenor'” is next (February 1-February 26),  Classic rock takes a turn on stage with “Million Dollar Quartet” (March 29-April 23), the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Paper Mill Playhouse closes its 78th season with “Mary Poppins” (May 24-June 25).

Season subscriptions are on sale now and available by calling 973-315-3717 or by visiting the theater’s website by clicking here. The 1,200 seat Paper Mill currently has 22,000 subscribers. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at just $107. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits.  Single tickets will go on sale in August starting at $33. Student rush tickets are $20 and available the day of the performance in person or by phone and will only be distributed with current student ID.  Groups of 10 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’s 2016-2017 season

The Producers

September 28 through October 23, 2016
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Original Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman


Paper Mill Playhouse produces Mel Brooks’ award-winning comic musical masterpiece. The Producers is the hilarious smash hit about two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.  The show took Broadway by storm in 2001, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards.


The Bodyguard (US Premiere)

November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Warner Bros. film

Book by Alexander Dinelaris

Directed by Thea Sharrock

Choreographed by Karen Bruce


The award-winning musical based on the iconic film, starring Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”


Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors

February 1 through February 26, 2017


The sequel to the grand-slam comedy Lend Me a Tenor!  One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century—as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep the amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. An uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.


Million Dollar Quartet

March 29 through April 23, 2017

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux

Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins


The smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.  Featuring a score of hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio for one unforgettable night.


Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins

May 24 through June 25, 2017

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes

New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles


Based on the book by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is one of the most popular films of all time reconceived for the stage by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey).   Mary Poppins takes us on a magical and memorable adventure. It’s an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and a little bit of magic.  Among its accolades, Mary Poppins received nominations for nine Olivier Awards and seven Tony Awards, including best musical. Treat the entire family to this treasured story.