Based on the 1972 film starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, Harold and Maude features book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Joseph Thalken. Mark S. Hoebee will direct the world-premiere Paper Mill run, Jan. 5-Feb. 13, 2005. A spokesperson for the Paper Mill confirmed that Parsons will play the 79-year-old widow who has an unlikely romance with the 19-year-old Harold. Estelle Parsons made her Broadway debut in Happy Hunting and was most recently on The Great White Way in Morning's at Seven. In between, she starred in Whoop-Up; Beg, Borrow or Steal; Mother Courage and Her Children; Ready When You Are, C.B.!; Malcolm; The East Wind; Galileo; The Seven Descents of Myrtle; A Way of Life; And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little; Mert & Phil; The Norman Conquests; Ladies at the Alamo; Miss Margarida's Way; The Pirates of Penzance; Shimada; and The Shadow Box. Parsons received Tony nominations for her work in Morning's at Seven, Miss Margarida's Way, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and The Seven Descents of Myrtle. Also a star of film and TV, Parsons garnered an Academy Award for her performance in Bonnie and Clyde.
The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Call (973) 376-4343 for more information or visit www.papermill.org.