ⓘ Paper Mill Playhouse is a regional theater with approximately 1200 seats, located in Millburn, New Jersey. Due to its relatively close location to Manhattan, it ..

Paper Mill Playhouse

ⓘ Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse is a regional theater with approximately 1200 seats, located in Millburn, New Jersey. Due to its relatively close location to Manhattan, it draws from the pool of actors who live in New York City. Paper Mill was officially designated as the "State Theater of New Jersey". From 1971 to 2008, Paper Mill held the New Jersey Ballet as its resident ballet company, with the annual production of Nutcracker until the premiere 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables took up the ballets performance slot. Mark S. Hoebee serves as the Artistic Director and Todd Schmidt serves as the Managing Director. In 2016, the playhouse received the Regional Theatre Tony Award.


1.1. History Building

In March 1795, Sam Campbell built The Thistle Paper Mill on land along a brook in the town of Millville, later renamed Millburn. Campbell ran his business for about 20 years until he was forced to close down due to a fire. The building remained vacant for several years and ownership changed several times. In the late 1870s, Diamond Mill Paper Company took over the property and used it for their paper making business until 1928.

Writer and performer Antoinette Scudder, along with actor and director Frank Carrington formed a partnership in the late 1920s to create their own theater. The eventually found the vacant mill, and spent many years working on it, turning it into a theater.

Another fire in 1980 changed the course of the theater, and it closed for rebuilding. On October 30, 1982, the Paper Mill reopened for their first theatrical production since the fire. This period of time became the focal point of a lawsuit between the theater and Millburn on whether or not they would be exempt from property taxes during the time the property was not in use.


1.2. History Theater

Founded in 1934, Paper Mill Playhouse raised the curtain on its first performance with Gregorio Martinez Sierra’s The Kingdom of God on November 14, 1938. By the end of the first year, Carrington had coaxed entertainer Irene Castle out of retirement to make her dramatic debut in Noel Coward’s Shadow Play. The first few years featured a variety of classical and modern plays. By 1941, the Playhouse had begun to specialize in operettas, which it continued until the early 1950s.

Change marked this period in Paper Mill’s history, especially with Miss Scudder’s death in 1958. Angelo Del Rossi joined as Associate Producer in 1964, working closely with Carrington until his death in 1975. Del Rossi became Executive Producer and remained in that role for nearly 40 years until his death in August 2014.

In 1971, the New Jersey Ballet staged its first production of The Nutcracker at Paper Mill with world-renowned dancer Edward Villella in the role of the Cavalier. The Nutcracker production has been produced annually at Paper Mill since then.

In 1972, Governor of New Jersey William Cahill proclaimed Paper Mill the "Official State Theater of New Jersey." The theater has been cited as a State Center of Artistic Excellence and as a Major Impact and Distinguished Arts Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Through the years, Paper Mill Playhouse has welcomed such talent as Christopher Patterson, Gloria Stuart, Alice Ripley, Eddie Bracken, Laura Benanti Rising Star Award winner, Orson Bean, Betty Buckley, Carol Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Christine Ebersole, George S. Irving, Laurence Guittard, Anne Hathaway Paper Mill Conservatory alumna and Rising Star Award nominee, Shanice Williams, Dee Hoty, John Mahoney, Dorothy Louden, Donna McKechnie, Ann Miller, Stephanie Mills, Liza Minnelli, Estelle Parsons, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Tony Roberts, Patrick Swayze, Karen Ziemba, Adrian Zmed, Nick Jonas actor, singer and member of the band the Jonas Brothers, Bailey Hanks the winner of Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods, Lynn Redgrave, Lorna Luft, David Garrison, Douglas Fairbanks,Jr., Mickey Rooney, Barbara Rush, Betsy Palmer, Robert Horton, Vivian Vance, Jerome Hines, Shelley Winters, Hugh OBrian and Gloria Swanson, among many.

In April 2003, Michael Gennaro, former Executive Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, joined Paper Mill as President and CEO. Paper Mill Playhouse was one of the first theaters to begin the regional theater movement in the United States. It has grown to be one of the most acclaimed not-for-profit professional theaters in the country, and attracts more than 450.000 people annually, and has one of the largest subscription based audiences.


1.3. History Financial issues

On April 3, 2007, Paper Mill announced that it would need $1.5 million to open its season and an equal amount to complete its season, or it would be forced to close its doors. On April 6, 2007, Paper Mill announced that it had received $300.000, enough to cover costs of rehearsals and preview performances for its production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Paper Mill announced that it would have to do more well-known shows to stay in business. On June 17, 2008, the Township of Millburn voted to purchase building and four acres of land the Paper Mill sits on for $9 million. They have entered into a 75-year lease with the theater; and its operations will remain independent. Prior to this deal the Paper Mill had accumulated $4.5 million in debt. Based on the terms of the lease, the Paper Mill would pay $1 for the first two years. After 2 years the rent would grow to equal 1% of the theaters annual operation income. The Paper Mill maintained an option to repurchase the property from the town after 11 years of the lease. The Artistic Director at the time, Mark S. Hoebee, is attributed with saving the Paper Mill.


2. Affiliations

Paper Mill is a member of the Council of Stock Theatres COST, a group of theaters who join together to negotiate with the various unions that are involved in stage productions. COSTs contract with Actors Equity allows for a minimum weekly salary which is smaller than what Broadway productions must pay their actors; Paper Mill is also allowed to cast a minimal amount of non-union actors, which is forbidden for Broadway shows. This gives Paper Mill the ability to produce shows on a larger scale than most Broadway productions and in a shorter amount of time.


3. Educational programs

Paper Mill also has a large theater school offering a variety of classes. They have also run classes for developmentally disabled students with VSA New Jersey.

Starting in 1996, the Paper Mill holds annual Rising Star Awards modeled after the Tony Awards every spring, honoring excellence in high school theater performances across the state of New Jersey. Students who are nominated in lead and supporting acting categories receive scholarships to Paper Mills Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and may perform in their annual finale concert. Former Conservatory attendees include Anne Hathaway, Julia Knitel, and Rob McClure.


3.1. Educational programs Rising Star Award Recipients

The 2016 Rising Star Awards were held on June 7, 2016 in the Paper Mill Playhouse theater. The awards show was broadcast and streamed live on HomeTowne Television. The 2016 recipients include:

  • Outstanding Music Direction - George Croom - Academy of the Holy Angels - "Children of Eden"
  • Outstanding Featured Ensemble Member - Greg Lobo as "Big Jule" - Bernards High School - "Guys and Dolls"
  • Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role - Trevor Braun as "Charlie Chaplin" - Fair Lawn High School - "Chaplin: The Musical"
  • Outstanding Direction - Katie McSherry - Academy of the Holy Angels - "Children of Eden"
  • Outstanding Costuming Achievement - Katherine Winter - Summit High School - "Mary Poppins"
  • Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role - Claire Fitzpatrick as "Mary Poppins" - Summit High School - "Mary Poppins"
  • Outstanding Choreography/Musical Staging - Jennifer Williams - Union High School - "Mary Poppins"
  • Outstanding Featured Ensemble Group - "The Silly Girls" - Columbia High School - "Disneys Beauty and the Beast"
  • Overall Outstanding Production - Summit High School - "Mary Poppins"
  • Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role - Jazmin Palmer as "Fraulein Schneider" - Pingry School - "Cabaret"
  • Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role - Eric Judson as "Paul" - West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South - "A Chorus Line"
  • Educational Impact Award - St. Joseph Regional High School - "Urinetown"
  • Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role - Ross Turkington as "Cookie McGee" - Montclair Kimberly Academy - "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
  • Outstanding Orchestra - West Morris Central High School - "In the Heights"
  • Outstanding Chorus - Academy of the Holy Angels - "Children of Eden"

  • world premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse Previews for Chasing Rainbows began on September 26, 2019 at the Paper Mill Playhouse The world premiere of
  • loosely based on fairy tale Cinderella. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in May 2015. A report in 2012 indicated that a musical theatre production
  • of the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. He had a sister, Gene Carrington. A resident of Millburn, New Jersey, near the Playhouse The Frank
  • followed by a tour in 2009 - 2010 of the United States, starting at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. The musical takes place in the 1880s, when
  • Kotis, and Harry Connick Jr., based on the 1973 film The Sting. The Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting the musical in a limited engagement from March 29 until
  • premiered at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. He collaborated with Beguelin and Sklar again for Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse which had premiered
  • Belong 2015 2001 Carousel - Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn, New Jersey 2002 The King and I - Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn, New Jersey 2002 Swan
  • starred as the lead in Hairspray at the Paper Mill Playhouse Christine was very well received at the Paper Mill and received many outstanding reviews.
  • Lindsay appeared as Laura in a musical - theatre production at the Paper Mill Playhouse of Little House on the Prairie with Melissa Gilbert as Ma. Lindsay
  • understudy for the lead character of Cassie. Goldyn appeared in The Paper Mill Playhouse NJ rendition of Chorus Line in the star role of Cassie from October
  • portraying Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse She starred as Kendra Saunders Hawkgirl in the CW
  • at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1988, Jud Fry in Oklahoma at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 1992, Archibald Craven in the Sacramento Music Circus production
  • as Best Actress in a Musical. She received acclaim for the 1998 Paper Mill Playhouse Milburn, New Jersey production of Stephen Sondheim s Follies, playing
  • and High Society. She also has been seen in shows at the famous Paper Mill Playhouse and on television, including Great Performances on PBS. At CityRep
  • TX. In regional theatre, he appeared in the musical Chess at the Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn, New Jersey in 1992. In the mid - 1990s, he appeared St.
  • School for 20 years. He was the resident costume designer for the Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn, New Jersey. Side Show 1997 Flower Drum Song 2002 Dirty
  • screenplay by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 and made its Broadway debut in 2012, where it played for
  • Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn, NJ 2002 On The Twentieth Century as Lily Garland, Reprise Los Angeles 2003 Baby as Arlene Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn
  • ff - more - set - for - fun - home - national - tour The Sting - Paper Mill Playhouse Paper Mill Playhouse Retrieved 2018 - 04 - 17. Biography portal Katherine Shindle
  • was at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Carousel shortly after graduating high school. He appeared in the ensemble of the Paper Mill Playhouse revival of the
  • also wrote and directed. The musical had its world premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse and premiered on Broadway in January 2015. The musical held a workshop
  • Subsequently, the show went on to open on March 4, 2015 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Again with a revised libretto, which is
  • Brown s skills. Brown performed as Clara on the opening night at Paper Mill Playhouse with other stars such as Edward Villella in the role of Cavalier
  • school performances. She was nominated for a Rising Star Award at Paper Mill Playhouse for her performance as Dolly Levi in high school. She later attended
  • took place at the Wagon Wheel Playhouse in Warsaw, Indiana, in 1988, followed by a staged reading at the Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn, New Jersey, in 1990
  • Chaperone by producer Roy Miller, with whom he had worked at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. Wolpe was cast as Feltzeig, a producer. Wolpe created
  • Charles Isherwood 2015 - 03 - 19 Review: Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse - The New York Times Retrieved 2020 - 01 - 14. Martinez
  • began her formal music career in 2014 when she was cast as Ngana in Paper Mill Playhouse production of Rodgers - Hammerstein classic South Pacific. In late
  • at the McCarter and the Paper Mill Playhouse A Delicate Balance, Arena Stage, Yale Rep. Good People George St. Playhouse Seattle Rep. Dear Elizabeth
  • the Cavalier. The company has run Nutcracker production at Paper Mill Playhouse with Paper Mill Orchestra for many consecutive years since its debut. It

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