Half Time, the new musical about professional basketball’s first-ever aged 60-and-older dance team, officially opens June 12 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directs and choreographs the musical that is based on the 2008 documentary Gotta Dance. Performances continue through July 1.
The musical has a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and additional music by the late Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean.
Half Time arrives at Paper Mill after a 2015 Chicago world premiere under the title Gotta Dance.
Tony nominee André De Shields, five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel, and Tony winner Lillias White, who were also seen in the 2015 Chicago premiere, return for the Paper Mill production, which also stars Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie.
The cast also features Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Nancy Ticotin, Madeleine Doherty, Tracy Jai Edwards, Mary Claire King, Lenora Nemetz, Kay Walbye, Alexander Aguilar, Ken Ard, Sydni Beaudoin, Tami Dahbura, Paula DeLuise, Gabriela Garcia, Talya Groves, Kathryn Kendall, Valton Jackson, Summerisa Bell Stevens, Garrett Turner, and Gayle Turner.
The creative team also includes Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Rockwell, Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner, co-choreographer Nick Kenkel, four-time Tony-nominated sound designer Peter Hylenski, projection designer Jason Lee Courson, Drama Desk-nominated hair and wig designer Josh Marquette, Tony Award-winning orchestrator Larry Hochman, and musical director Charlie Alterman, with casting by Telsey + Company.
For tickets, visit PaperMill.org.