Paper Mill Playhouse's 2018-2019 Season
Unmasked (world permiere)
September 27 - October 28, 2018
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
November 21 - December 30, 2018
My Very Own British Invasion (world permiere)
January 31 - March 3, 2019
Benny & Joon (east coast premiere)
April 4 - May 5, 2019
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
May 29 - June 30, 2019
May 30–September 9, 2018
at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Opening night set for June 14, 2018
History called it heroism. They called it high school. Little Rock tells the riveting true story of The Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated Little Rock Central High School three years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ruled separating students based on race was unconstitutional. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the Civil Rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights, armed with only a notebook and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, Little Rock brings urgently to life The Nine’s untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this deeply moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences: Would you have had the courage?
May 31–July 1, 2018
From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten ordinary seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing—instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers—and the young coaches who inspire them along the way—as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life, when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game—it’s Half Time. Starring Georgia Engel and Lillias White.
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Richard Hillman Public Relations
September 28–October 29, 2017
America’s favorite dreamers shoot for the moon. The Honeymooners is a brand-new musical comedy inspired by the classic television series. Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon in this world premiere musical. After shocking their wives by winning a high-profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue advertising, where they discover that their quest for the American Dream might cost them their friendship. Filled with big laughs and an infectious score, The Honeymooners will bang-zoom its way into your heart. Major support from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
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