Paper Mill Season Will Feature Can-Can, Hunchback, Ever After, Vanya and Sonia and More

By Andrew Gans
February 26, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season, which will feature four musicals and one Tony Award-winning play.



The season at the New Jersey venue will launch with a Broadway-bound revival of Cole Porter's Can-Can, which introduces a brand-new book to accompany the Porter score. David Lee will direct with choreography by Patti Colombo.

The holiday musical Elf will make its Paper Mill debut, and the season will then continue with the Tony-winning Christopher Durang play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

In spring 2015 Paper Mill Playhouse will once again partner with Disney Theatrical Productions to present the U.S. premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, inspired by the Victor Hugo novel and created for the stage by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Hunchback is produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse.

Paper Mill will close its 76th season with the world-premiere musical Ever After, which is based on the 1998 film that starred Drew Barrymore. Kathleen Marshall will direct and choreograph.

“What a thrill to produce another show heading for Broadway next season,” said Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director for the Millburn theatre, in a statement. “Paper Mill Playhouse is honored to bring so many incredible artists to work in New Jersey next season. The list is remarkable and includes Kathleen Marshall, Patti Colombo, Scott Schwartz, David Lee, legendary composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (lyrics), future theatrical legends like Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler and our producing partners Jonathan Burrows and Kevin McCollum. We are proud to have created an irresistible lineup of stories you will love, glorious music that will warm your heart and many memorable moments of theater magic.”

The season at a glance follows:

Can-Can
Oct. 1-26
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Abe Burrows
Revised by Joel Fields and David Lee

"A brand-new production of Cole Porter’s classic musical heading to Broadway from Paper Mill Playhouse. Pistache, a Parisian café owner, decides to feature the scandalous dance, the Can-Can, but will her defiance of the law end her business and her love life? This fresh new production features direction and a re-crafted script by the legendary David Lee ('Frasier,' 'Cheers') and showstopping choreography by Patti Colombo (Peter Pan, On the Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)."

Elf
Nov. 26, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

"It’s the fantastical holiday musical for the entire family in its New Jersey premiere! This is the hilarious and joyous tale of Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa’s elves. Now, as a grownup, he embarks on a journey to discover his true identity."

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Jan. 21-Feb. 15
By Christopher Durang

"Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play! Outrageously funny! The master of comedy, Christopher Durang, mixes four distinct characters and dishes up a hilarious stew. 'Will Vanya and Sonia ever find happiness? Will Masha sell the Bucks County farmhouse out from under them? And will Spike ever put his pants on?' —USA Today. Touching and wickedly, hysterically funny."

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (U.S. Premiere)
March 4-April 5
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions

"Inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel, this is the only stage collaboration between two giants of the American musical theater—composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, 'Pocahontas') and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin). An intimate retelling of the famous love story featuring a lush, emotionally rich score, Hunchback of Notre Dame will leave you inspired."

Ever After (World Premiere)
May 21-June 21
Book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich
Directed by Kathleen Marshall

"The world premiere of a sparkling new musical! Adapted from the film that starred Drew Barrymore, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, Ever After is a wondrous tale that sets the Cinderella legend straight with the 'true' story of Danielle de Barbarac, beautiful and independent, friend of da Vinci, a renaissance woman for all time."

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Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at $84. Single tickets will go on sale in June starting at $28. Student rush tickets are $20 and available the day of the performance in person or by phone and will only be distributed with current student ID. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.