William Finn's Spelling Bee Opens at the Paper Mill Playhouse Jan. 23

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The Paper Mill Playhouse's production of the award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a co-production with Philadelphia Theatre Company, officially opens at Paper Mill Jan. 23 following previews that began Jan. 19.

Marla Mindelle, Ali Stroker and Jerold Solomon
Marla Mindelle, Ali Stroker and Jerold Solomon Photo by Mark Garvin

Directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Wendy Seyb, the musical will play the New Jersey venue through Feb. 13.

The cast comprises Ephie Aardema (Logainne), Will Blum (Barfee), Lyle Mackston (Leaf), Marla Mindelle (Rona), Olivia Oguma (Marcy), Jerold E. Solomon (Mitch), Ali Stroker (Olive), David Volin (Panch) and Brandon Yanez (Chip).

The show that has adult actors playing smart, misfit kids in a spelling bee is written by composer-lyricist William Finn and librettist Rachel Sheinkin (who won a Tony Award for the script). The conception is by Rebecca Feldman.

The Paper Mill production features scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by David Lander and sound design by Randy Hansen and Julie Pittman. Andy Einhorn is music director, and Greg Jarrett is associate music director; the production stage manager is Rebecca S. Fleming.

Single tickets range in price from $25 to $92. Student rush tickets are $25 and are available the day of performance in person with current student ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Paper Mill Playhouse's website: www.papermill.org.

The cast of <i>The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee</i>
The cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Photo by Mark Garvin
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