Read Reviews for the World Premiere of The Sting, Starring Harry Connick Jr.

The Verdict   Read Reviews for the World Premiere of The Sting, Starring Harry Connick Jr.
The new musical opened April 8 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.

Paper Mill Playhouse's world premiere of the Broadway-aimed musical The Sting officially opened April 8 following previews that began March 29 at the New Jersey venue.

Harry Connick Jr. stars as Henry Gondorff. He is joined by Peter Benson as The Erie Kid, Janet Dacal as Loretta, Christopher Gurr as J.J. Singleton, J. Harrison Ghee as Johnny Hooker, Tom Hewitt as Doyle Lonnegan, Richard Kline as Kid Twist, Kevyn Morrow as Luther, Kate Shindle as Billie, and Robert Wuhl as Snyder.

John Rando directs with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Fred Lassen.

Critics have begun filing their reviews; read them below.

amNew York (Matt Windman)

Cinema Retro (Lee Pfeiffer)

Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New Jersey Stage (Adam F. Cohen) (Natalie Pompilio) (Jim Beckerman)

The New York Times (Alexis Soloski)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

Playbill will continue to update this compilation.

Based on the 1973 film, the musical features a book by Bob Martin and music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis with Connick, Jr. The score also contains music by Scott Joplin, including “The Entertainer.”

Rounding out the cast are Lucien Barbarin, Darius Barnes, Keely Beirne, Michael Fatica, Luke Hawkins, Tyler Huckstep, Matt Loehr, Erica Mansfield, Drew McVety, Ramone Owens, Tyler Roberts, Angie Schworer, Christine Shepard, Britton Smith, Sherisse Springer, Diana Vaden, Kevin Worley, and Lara Seibert Young.


Set in 1936 Chicago, The Sting tells the tale of a pair of con men, small town grifter Johnny Hooker and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff, who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer.

The production also features set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Randy Hansen, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, make-up design by Cookie Jordan, vocal arrangements by Fred Lassen, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, and fight coordinator Robert Westley. The production stage manager is Bonnie L. Becker. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, Tara Rubin, CSA.

Performances continue through April 29.

Tickets are on sale starting at $34. For more information, visit

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