According to a statement released by the New Jersey theatre April 17, the theatre has raised over $750,000 since its fundraising drive began earlier this month. "This grassroots generosity and show of support," the press statement says, "will enable Paper Mill Playhouse to proceed with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at least through Sunday evening, April 22. However, it is still uncertain if the production will be able to complete its run." The musical was originally scheduled to play through May 13.
Diane Claussen, Paper Mill's managing director, added, "Although the theatre is engaged in accelerated negotiations to obtain a 'bridge loan' that would allow us to finish the season, it will likely take a minimum of two weeks to complete the loan process. We need to raise an additional $500,000 to get us through the next two weeks of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
And, Ken Thorn, the chairman of Paper Mill's board, said, "Paper Mill is still very far from its [initial] fundraising goal ($1.5 million to complete Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and $1.5 million to complete Pirates!). Although we have received unprecedented and heartwarming support from the public, we will continue to work round-the-clock on the many initiatives we have undertaken to save the season and the theatre."
The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. For tickets call (973) 376-4343 or visit www.papermillorg.
* To make a donation to the Paper Mill Playhouse, call (973) 379-3636 ext. 2SAV or visit the theatre's website.