MILLBURN, NJ — A fully staged, reimagined, digitally captured production of "Pete 'n' Keely"—a musical comedy about a divorced singing duo who reunite for a television special in 1968, packed with jazzy standards, torch songs, comedic showpieces and tender sentiment—continues Paper Mill Playhouse's 2020-2021 season this weekend through May 1.
Like the title characters, the show’s original cast and creative team reunites to reimagine the musical comedy they made a cult favorite 20 years ago Off-Broadway. George Dvorsky and Sally Mayes reprise their roles as Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, and the show’s lyricist and original director, Mark Waldrop, known to Paper Mill audiences for his direction of "Gypsy" starring Betty Buckley, "Little Shop of Horrors" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
Additionally, original creative collaborators James Hindman (Book) and Patrick Brady (Music) join Waldrop to bring this production of "Pete ’n’ Keely" to new life on the Paper Mill stage.
Although Paper Mill hoped "Pete ’n’ Keely" would be the first production performed before a live audience since the pandemic shut down the theater last March, the production team now believes streaming to the small screen might be the perfect format for this particular show, which was originally staged to simulate a live taping of a television special.
This time around, the filming will be real, and the result will be a filmed version of a staged production of a live taping of the kitschy spoof that had New York critics singing its praises when it premiered Off-Broadway in 2000.
“I am so excited to do 'Pete ’n’ Keely' in this medium,” said director Mark Waldrop. “The beauty of this show is, it’s a television show. It’s got all the glamour and glitz of a live variety special in 1968. And I think we can really get the feel of it in a way that we couldn’t in the theater. This hybrid moment in time creates a lot of unique opportunities, and it’s very energizing. It’s theater in a new milieu.”
"Pete ’n’ Keely" is available now as part of Paper Mill’s four-show streaming season for $275. Audiences will enjoy "Pete ’n’ Keely" now, "Beehive" from June 12 through June 26 and access to an encore streaming period for "Sing in a New Year!" and "Some Enchanted Evening." Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2020–2021 season is sponsored by Investors Bank.
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MORE ABOUT "PETE ’N’ KEELY"
By James Hindman
Original Lyrics by Mark Waldrop
Original Music & Arrangements by Patrick Brady
Music Direction by Jeffrey Lodin
Scenic Design by Kelly James Tighe
Lighting Design by Charlie Morrison
Original Production Costume Design by Bob Mackie
Costume Design by Leon Dobkowski
Sound Design by Matt Kraus
Hair and Wig Design by Kaitlyn Adams
Production Stage Management by Andrea Cibelli
Video Production by Milliron Studios
Direction and Musical Staging by Mark Waldrop
Starring George Dvorsky and Sally Mayes
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