Harry Connick Jr. will play Paul Newman in the world-premiere musical production of “The Sting” at the Paper Mill Playhouse (March 29-April 29). Once again, this Tony Award-winning theater is serving as an out-of-town launch pad for Broadway.
“The Bodyguard” begins with a bang — a gun shot, actually — that made every single theatergoer in the 1,200-seat Paper Mill Playhouse jump. It ends with pop music star Rachel Madden, elevated above the audience — alone in the spotlight.
First produced in London in 2012 and recently revived, the American production ends its 5-week U.S. debut this weekend and continues its national tour Jan. 10-15 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, the second site for the 20 American cities tour. More dates are expected to be announced. Most of the tour consists of 5-day stints, but several cities are booked for two- to three-week sit downs, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Costa Mesa. (Complete schedule below)
It’s the slickest production I’ve ever seen at the Millburn, NJ, a nonprofit venue that has become a launch pad for Broadway musicals recently, including “Newsies,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” and earlier this month “A Bronx Tale.” “Bandstand,” which premiered there in 2015 is scheduled to make its Broadway debut April 2017.
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.” Continue reading Paper Mill Playhouse 2016-17 season includes U.S. premiere of ‘Bodyguard’→