The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced May 2 that New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse has been named the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award.
“Throughout its rich history, Paper Mill Playhouse has established itself as a foundational pre-Broadway venue for new productions and a welcoming home for world-class theatrical revivals. We are ecstatic to recognize their dynamic role in the tri-state area theatre community and unwavering commitment to fostering future Broadway audiences,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, said in a statement.
Paper Mill Playhouse is under the leadership of producing artistic director Mark S. Hoebee and managing director Todd Schmidt. A beloved New Jersey arts institution since 1938, Paper Mill Playhouse productions have launched national tours and gone on to Broadway—including Honeymoon in Vegas, Les Misérables, Disney’s Newsies and the upcoming The Bandstand. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
The Playhouse, named the Official State Theatre of New Jersey in 1972, nearly closed in 2007 owing to an accumulated debt of $4.5 million. The theatre and surrounding land were purchased by the Township of Millburn in 2008 and leased back to the theatre company, which has found success with a mixture of classic musical and world premieres, such as this past winter’s A Bronx Tale. The remainder of the season features Pump Boys and Dinettes and West Side Story.
The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on CBS June 12, live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
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