The Paper Mill Playhouse will launch its 2019–2020 season with the new Judy Garland bio-musical Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, tracing Garland’s early career through her casting as Dorothy in the iconic 1939 MGM picture. The musical, having premiered at Goodspeed Musicals in 2016, will running September 26–October 27 at the Millburn, New Jersey, venue.
Denis Jones directs and choreographs Chasing Rainbows, which has a book by Mark Acito and music adaptation by David Libby. The show is based on a concept by Tina Marie Casamento.
The season continues with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, directed by Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee (November 20–December 29); as well as the previously announced Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Laurence Connor (January 30–March 1, 2020).
The Broadway adaptation of Sister Act, featuring a score by Alan Menken and Glen Slater, will follow (April 1–26). The 2011 Broadway musical has a book by Douglas Carter Beane and Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner.
Closing out the season is The Wanderer, the world-premiere musical based on the life of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Dion (May 28–June 28). With a book by Charles Messina, the production traces Dion’s rise from his Bronx childhood to fame as a teenage heartthrob in the 1950s and early ’60s, with hits like “Runaround Sue,” “Teenager in Love,” and “I Wonder Why.” Kenneth Ferone will direct.
The production is eyeing a subsequent Broadway transfer following the New Jersey run.