MILLBURN, NJ — Live performances on Wednesday nights have been added at Paper Mill Playhouse to meet the demand of its popular Brookside Cabaret at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant. Diners can now enjoy a talented roster of Broadway and Paper Mill favorites on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. 

Sponsored by PNC Wealth Management and Szerlip & Co., Brookside Cabaret and Dining will feature performances by Kathryn Allison*, Matt Castle, Dwayne Clark, John Treacy Egan*, Elizabeth Ward Land, Gavin Lee*, Liz McCartney*, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Kyle Taylor Parker, Kelli Rabke, Joe Regan, Nicholas Rodriguez*, Susan Speidel and Rema Webb. See below for further details these performers. 

The Carriage House Restaurant at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House opens for alfresco dining at 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday for prix fixe dinner as well as high-top seating for small plates and cocktails. Brunch is also available on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Brookside dining prix fixe two-course dinner is $40 per person on non-performance nights, and $70 per person on nights with live entertainment (included). Small plates and cocktails are available at high-top tables ($30 minimum per person on nights with live entertainment). Sunday brunch is $30 per person including fresh fruit salad and a choice of entrée.

To view the menus, make reservations, order curbside pickup or learn more about safety protocols in place at Brookside, visit papermill.org/restaurant.

Brookside Cabaret: Upcoming Schedule of Performers

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Nights at 7 p.m.

Thursday & Saturday, Aug. 27 and 29: Kelli Rabke with John Fischer on piano and Sean Harkness on guitar

Wednesday, Sept. 2: "Rosemary and Time: A Musical Biography of Rosemary Clooney," starring Liz McCartney with singer Lori Alexander and accompanist Jimmy Horan

Thursday, Sept. 3: Elizabeth Ward Land with Matt Castle: "Still Within the Sound of My Voice: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt"

Saturday, Sept. 5: Susan Speidel and Joe Regan

Wednesday, Sep. 9: Nicholas Rodriguez

Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 12: Nicole Vanessa Ortiz

Wednesday, Sept. 16: Nicholas Rodriguez

Thursday, Sept. 17: Kyle Taylor Parker: "An Evening of Broadway Soul"

Saturday, Sept. 19: Gavin Lee: "Steppin’ Out with Fred Astaire"

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Kathryn Allison

Thursday, Sept. 24: Dwayne Clark

Saturday, Sept. 26: Rema Webb: "A Tribute to Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald"

All performances are weather permitting and all artists and subject to change.

BIOGRAPHIES:

Kathryn Allison was first seen on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage as a student and performer in the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Conservatory New Voices Concert in 2014. Since then, she has gone on to be in three Broadway shows, Aladdin, Wicked and the most recent revival of Company. She also released her debut album, Something Real, in February 2019. She has performed live at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. Other TV/film and recording credits include John Cameron Mitchell’s Anthem: Homunculus, Loveville High, Our Cartoon President, Elementary, and The Bachelorette.

Matt Castle is a versatile singer, actor, and arranger. He made his Broadway debut in 2006 playing Peter in Company, directed by John Doyle. Other roles include Jitter in The Musical of Musicals (original off-Broadway cast), Harry in Enter Laughing (York Theatre), and Angie the Ox in Paper Mill’s 2004 production of Guys and Dolls. As a musical director, he has helped develop more than 90 new musicals at Sundance, NYU, Playwrights Horizons, TheaterWorksUSA, Disney Cruise Line, Musical Theatre Factory, Page 73, Weston, Pittsburgh CLO, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the O’Neill, Signature (NYC), Signature (DC), Goodspeed, York Theatre, Barrington, NAMT, NYMF, and CAP21. Highlights include Into the Woods (Fiasco), The Last Five Years (ACT), Once Upon a Mattress (Transport Group), Indian Joe (Goodspeed), and Found (Atlantic, Philadelphia, Los Angeles). He and his husband, Frank Galgano, have written musical arrangements and orchestrations for more than 40 shows, most recently Scotland, PA (Roundabout), Kris Kringle (Proctors), Elf on the Shelf (Mills Entertainment), and a new version of Found (IAMA). In development: Medusa, Dear Shirley.

Dwayne Clark is a multitalented actor, singer, and educator who has had appeared in Broadway productions of The Color Purple, Spider-Man: Turn Off the DarkIn the HeightsCry-BabyUrinetownSmokey Joe’s CafeRent, and Tarzan. He was seen in the title role in Makandal, produced by Harlem Stage and the Guggenheim, as well as in the New York City Opera production of Porgy and Bess as Sportin’ Life (also on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center). Other favorite performances include My Favorite Broadway (PBS) with Nathan Lane, Darius de Haas, and Michael McElroy; Broadway Inspirational Voices; and opening at the Motown Cafe New York for The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross, and more. Some of Dwayne’s favorite regional theater credits include Tick, Tick...Boom! and Ain’t Misbehavin’. On screen he appeared in Eat Pray Love and on The Michael J. Fox Show.

John Treacy Egan recently appeared on Broadway in My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater. His other Broadway credits include Casa Valentina at Manhattan Theater Club, Nice Work If You Can Get It (Chief Berry), and original roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Sister Act (Joey) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis). He played Max Bialystock in The Producers as well as the roles of Roger DeBris and Franz Liebkind. Paper Mill audiences may have seen John as Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, Franz Liebkind in The Producers, and as Tito Merelli in Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor and A Comedy of Tenors! Off-Broadway, John created roles in Clinton The Musical, Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly!, Disaster The Musical, It Must Be Him, and Batboy The Musical. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as Nicely Nicely in Guys & Dolls with Nathan Lane and Megan Mullaly. He has appeared on television in Gotham, Younger, The Good Wife, The Knick, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, Cupid, Law & Order, and the films Last Night and The Producers. He can be heard on many theatrical recordings as well as his own solo CDs, Count the Stars and On Christmas Morning, available on iTunes.

Elizabeth Ward Land is known for her versatility across the entertainment industry. Her Broadway and tour credits include Amazing Grace, Memphis, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Passion, City of Angels, Les Misérables, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Singin’ in the Rain. Off-Broadway, she was seen in Curvy Widow, Sothern Comfort, The Green Heart and Hello Again. She has starred at many of the nations' finest regional theaters, including The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, The Alliance and GeVa. Film/TV: Young Adult, Boy Meets Girl, The Gathering, The Good Fight, Elementary, High Maintenance, The Blacklist, Boardwalk Empire and Madam Secretary. Her acclaimed debut CD, First Harvest, released by LMLMusic is available on ITunes. Her show, Still Within the Sound of My Voice: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt won the 2020 BISTRO Award for Outstanding Tribute Show.  She is married to actor Ken Land; plays oboe, piano, guitar, and loves cats.  

Gavin Lee performs Steppin’ Out with Fred Astaire. Spend the evening with Broadway’s Gavin Lee. The two-time Tony nominee is excited to sing and dance his way through the celebrated life of his favorite movie musical icon! Gavin most recently appeared on Broadway in SpongeBob SquarePants. He received a Tony Award nomination and won the Drama Desk Award for originating the role of Squidward Q. Tentacles. Before this he played Thénardier in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables. He originated the role of Bert in the West End and Broadway productions of Disney’s Mary Poppins, for which he earned Olivier and Tony Award nominations as well as a Drama Desk Award and Theatre World Award. He also recently appeared in Paper Mill’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Lumière. While in NYC Gavin has appeared at Carnagie Hall in Show Boat, at Madison Square Garden as The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and in the world premiere of Holiday Inn at Goodspeed Opera House. On TV, he has guest starred on Law & Order: SUV, Little America, and The Good Wife. He was seen as a regular in the final season of White Collar. His London credits include leading roles in Top Hat, Crazy for You, Peggy Sue Got Married, A Saint She Ain’t. Also Me and My Girl, Over My Shoulder, Oklahoma! and Contact. His regional theater credits include Singin’ in the Rain, Snoopy, Noël Coward’s Masterpieces, Of Thee I Sing, Saturday Night, Alan Ayckbourn’s Whenever, and Chicago. Gavin has recently been seen as a soloist in the Disney On Broadway Concert Series, and he has performed his solo cabaret in New York, Chicago, and on Disney Cruise Line.

Liz McCartney has appeared at Paper Mill Playhouse as Ruth in Pirates!, Miss Andrew/Bird Woman in Mary Poppins, and Louise in Ever After, but perhaps most notably as Ursula in The Little Mermaid. On Broadway she performed in the revivals of My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal, South Pacific and Annie. She was part of the City Center Encores! productions of Road Show, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater and Carnival with another Paper Mill alum, Anne Hathaway. Other Broadway credits include The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Mamma Mia, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables. Liz created the roles of Sue Tilly in the Boy George musical Taboo and Rebecca in Dance of the Vampires. She has toured in Cinderella (Marie/Fairy Godmother), Wicked (Madame Morrible) and The Little Mermaid. She received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for her portrayal of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theater. Other regional productions include Souvenir (Florence Foster Jenkins), Into the Woods (The Witch). Liz has received two best actress awards from the New York Music Theatre Festival and a Backstage Bistro award for her show Rosemary and Time: A Musical Biography of Rosemary Clooney. She has appeared on TV and film, at different cabarets around New York, and can be heard on several cast albums. She is also a writer, composer and costume designer.

Nicole Vanessa Ortiz is from Newark, NJ. She was set to star this year as Deloris Van Cartier in Paper Mill’s production of Sister Act, which has been postponed. Her credits include playing Rusty in Footloose at the Kennedy Center (2019), Sarah in Ragtime at Serenbe Playhouse (2019), the Off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe (2018), and the Leading Lady of Spamilton: An American Parody (2017). She is also the 2012 winner of Wendy’s Next Great Voice on The Wendy Williams Show and was a top 45 finalist in season 5 of American Idol.

Kyle Taylor Parker starred in the world premiere of My Very Own British Invasion at Paper Mill in 2019. He has appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as in national tours of Kinky Boots (IRNE Award, best visiting actor) and In the Heights. On television, he was seen in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. His off Broadway and regional theater credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Finian’s RainbowDreamgirls, and Hair. Kyle has performed as a concert artist on some of the worlds most celebrated stages including the Apollo and Radio City Music Hall. His debut album, Broadway Soul, Vol. 1, reimagines Broadway classics with an R&B twist and was released by Broadway Records last August on all music platforms.

Kelli Rabke got her “big break” playing the role of Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter, she was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (US Cast Recording). Following that, she played her dream role: Eponine in Les Misérables on Broadway. She went on to perform in regional theaters across the country in such roles as Mabel in Mack And Mabel, Christine in Phantom, and back to Paper Mill Playhouse in Stephen Schwartz’s landmark production of Children of Eden as Yonah (American Premiere Recording). She is one of the only Broadway stars to originate a role in both a Stephen Schwartz and an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical — a distinction for which she is incredibly honored. She has been seen and heard in loads of TV commercials and voice-overs, and was the voice of several animated characters, including Kat in the Discovery Kids series Kenny the Shark. She also played the recurring role of Bernadette on The Young and The Restless. After leaving the bright lights of the stage to start a family, Kelli is now a staple in the NYC cabaret world. Her first solo cabaret show debuted to a sold-out crowd at Feinstein’s/54 Below and since then, she’s been featured in shows ranging from Sondheim to Streisand to Bernstein.  She now performs regularly with symphony orchestras stretching from Calgary to Mazatlan and across the country in Blockbuster Broadway, Music of the Knights, and The Wonderful Music of Oz. Other recent highlights include debuting an original song written by David Friedman and Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show, and recording the PBS American Songbook Emmy nominated segment, Stephen Schwartz and Friends, featuring the composer himself at the piano and Kelli singing one of his signature songs from Wicked, “The Wizard and I.” She is most proud of her biggest “productions” to date: her son, Joseph, and daughter, Abigale! 

Joe Regan is a fixture on the cabaret scene in the metropolitan area, appearing in piano bars and cabaret rooms, as well as on international river cruises and at various resorts. He performs on Tuesday nights at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC and on Thursday and Sunday nights at 16 Prospect in Westfield, and he can currently be seen online on Virtual Piano Bar on Friday nights at 6 PM. He opened for Steve Ross at the 75th anniversary of the Chrysler Building and has been nominated numerous times as Outstanding Piano Bar Instrumentalist by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret. He is also a teaching artist for the Education Department at Paper Mill and the Performing Arts School at The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

Nicholas Rodriguez starred in Paper Mill’s production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn and has had an extensive career on Broadway, film, and the concert stage. He recently toured the US as Captain Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music directed by Jack O’Brien. Off-Broadway he starred in The Toxic Avenger and Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver as well as numerous regional theater productions around the country; he earned a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of Curly in Oklahoma! at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, as well as nominations for My Fair Lady and Carousel. His debut album, The First Time..., based on his one-man show of the same name, fuses Rodriguez’s love of theater with jazz, blues, folk and pop. He is perhaps best known for the role of Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live, for which he received the GLAAD Media Award and the 2009 Visibility Award. 

Susan Speidel served for 20 years as the Director of Education at Paper Mill, where she founded the Rising Star Awards and the Summer Musical Theater Conservatory. During that time, she also appeared on the Paper Mill stage in The Student Prince, Jesus Christ Superstar, and numerous concerts and Humanities Symposium events. As a performer she has presented cabaret shows at Judy’s Chelsea, The Duplex, Broadway Baby Bistro, Bob Egan’s Cosmopolitan Club, the Stockton Inn, Odette’s, and the Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West. She has been a soloist with the Seattle and Portland Symphonies, the Orchestra of St. Peters by the Sea, and the Key West Pops Orchestra. With the Pops, she played the title role in Hello, Dolly!, directed by Lee Roy Reams, and also appeared as Stella Deems in Follies. Other regional credits include Rose in Gypsy, Rev. Mother in Nunsense, Mama Morton in Chicago, Gooch in Mame, Saraghina in Nine, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and Emma Goldman in Ragtime. She has directed over 100 professional, community, university, and high school productions, and she teaches as an adjunct in the Theatre Conservatory at Kean University.   

Rema Webb is a 20-year Broadway veteran who most recently made her Paper Mill debut in the world premiere of Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Last summer she was featured in the Public Theater/Disney Theatrical production of Hercules at the Delacorte Theater. Rema’s Broadway credits include Escape to MargaritavilleThe Color PurpleVioletThe Lion KingThe Book of Mormon, and Ragtime, and her off-Broadway and regional credits include Little Shop of HorrorsThe Cradle Will RockThe Colored Museum, and A New Brain, among others. She has appeared on television and film in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!First BornBelovedSudden Death, and Murphy Brown. Rema debuted her critically acclaimed solo concert, Children Will Listen, at 54 Below and gave an encore performance at 42 West. With a mission to pass on her knowledge and inspire the next generation of young artists, Rema is the founder and executive director of On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program.

Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director) and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theater Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.