Paper Mill Playhouse has launched its 2016-17 season with “The Producers” and will follow it with the U.S. premiere of “The Bodyguard.”
First, a hit Broadway musical winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and ran for six years. (“Hamilton” had the most Tony Award nominations-16.)
Second, a musical based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 movie that first was staged in London (2012-14), launches its national tour in Millburn (Nov. 25 to Jan. 1) starring Grammy Award-nominated R&B singer Deborah Cox and, one assumes, eventually will make its way to Broadway.
Paper Mill Playhouse starts its season next week with “The Producers” (Sept. 28, opening night Oct. 2). If you missed the original that ran for 2,502 Broadway performances, got a record 12 Tony Awards nominations, and became a 2005 film … don’t let that stop you seeing it again at this theater that keeps sending shows to Broadway. (Look for “A Bronx Tale” at the Longacre Theatre in November.)
“It’s a thrill to revisit this hilarious show as a director, having played the part of Leo on tour and on Broadway,” commented director Don Stephenson. “To build ‘The Producers’ at Paper Mill Playhouse is ideal. The facilities and the support that artists receive make for an enjoyable and seamless creative process.”
In case you fell asleep last night, here are the winners of the 70th annual Tony Awards. And, no, “Hamilton” the most nominated show ever for Tonys did not break the record after all. “Hamilton” won 11 Tonys — one less than a record 12 won by “The Producers” in 2001.
But, we must note, that all four awards for performances in musicals went to black actors. Match that, Hollywood!
Play: “The Humans”
Musical Revival: “The Color Purple”
Play Revival: “A View From the Bridge”
Actor, play: Frank Langella, “The Father”
Actress, play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Actor, musical: Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”
Actress, musical: Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple”
Book, musical: “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda
Original Score: “Hamilton,” music and lyrics, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Featured actor, play: Reed Birney, “The Humans”
Featured actress, play: Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”
Featured actor, musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”
Featured actress, musical: Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”
Scenic design, play: David Zinn, “The Humans”
Scenic design, musical: David Rockwell, “She Loves Me”
Costume design, play: Clint Ramos, “Eclipsed”
Costume design, musical: Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”
Lighting design, play: Natasha Katz, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
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’→
The biggest show in NYC tonight isn’t a Broadway musical, it’s the winter storm Juno that’s closed down The Great White Way by covering it in a grea white blanket of snow.
Rarely does weather close all 40 Broadway houses, plus delay the Metropolitan Opera’s premiere of a new production, but no cars, buses and trains in and out of town after 8 p.m. is a real audience problem.