New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse's 2016-17 season will feature four musicals; one play; and a highly anticipated U.S. premiere, the new musical The Bodyguard, based on the film of the same name.
The upcoming season will kick off with Mel Brooks' Tony-winning musical comedy The Producers (Sept. 28-Oct. 23). In November, Paper Mill will launch the national tour of the The Bodyguard (Nov. 25-Jan. 1) starring Grammy Award nominee Deborah Cox. The New Year will begin with A Comedy of Tenors (Feb. 1-26), the sequel to Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor. In spring 2017 Paper Mill Playhouse will bring some classic rock to New Jersey with Million Dollar Quartet (March 29-April 23), the musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. The famed venue will close its 78th season with the Disney musical Mary Poppins (May 24-June 25).
“Paper Mill Playhouse continues its legacy of bringing the finest musical theater to the audiences of New Jersey and beyond,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director, in a statement. “We are excited to launch the US premiere musical and national tour of The Bodyguard right here in Millburn. 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.”
Season details, according to the Playhouse, follow:
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)
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.”
A Comedy of Tenors
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
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
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.
Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling (973) 315-3717 or by visiting PaperMill.org.