MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse has announced its reimagined 2020-2021 season, which will be mostly digital with several original productions to be captured on the Paper Mill stage. The theater also hopes to welcome back smaller audiences in the late spring or early summer of 2021.
“We are excited to announce our new season and plan to keep our audience entertained and safe as we cautiously move forward on this uncharted path back to the theater,” said Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee. “We designed the season to take us one step at a time from solo virtual concerts to full productions in the theater in front of a small number of loyal subscribers. The shows previously announced, including 'The Wanderer,' 'Clue' and 'Bruce,' will be rescheduled in the 2021–2022 season.”
Michael Stotts, Paper Mill’s Managing Director, added that the theater is "eager to begin this journey with subscribers,” saying that the support of subscribers, donors and sponsors will ensure that the Paper Mill Playhouse will "survive through this difficult time."
"In early September, we held focus groups with subscribers to discuss digital programming and their willingness to participate with Paper Mill in this virtual way this season," he said. "We were very encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response. We thank them for taking this journey with us, and we look forward to a post-pandemic future when we will be able to invite everyone back to the theater.”
Paper Mill begins the season on Oct. 24 with a three-part virtual concert series, "Live from the West Side: The Women of Broadway," featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone.
The series continues with Tony Award winner and Paper Mill alumna Laura Benanti on Nov. 14, followed by Tony, Grammy and Emmy-nominated superstar Vanessa Williams on Dec. 5.
These livestreamed concerts are presented in partnership with of a select group of nonprofit arts organizations from around the country and are a co-production with Dallas Summer Musicals and Entertainment Benefits Group.
The lineup continues with a series of original Paper Mill-produced productions offered exclusively to season subscribers.
The first, titled "Sing in a New Year!," streams from Dec. 19 to Jan. 2 and is a celebratory holiday cabaret featuring more than a dozen esteemed Paper Mill performers, recorded safely on the storied Paper Mill stage.
Next, subscribers will enjoy a hit parade of the most beloved classics from the American musical theater canon in "Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein," streaming from Feb. 13 to Feb. 27.
The final productions are the charming and hilarious two-person musical romance "Pete ’n’ Keely" and the empowering girl-group tribute "Beehive: The ’60s Musical." Both are currently announced without dates in the hopes that limited audiences (subscribers only) may be invited to safely return to the theater by late spring or summer 2021; otherwise, these productions will be digitally captured and streamed exclusively to Paper Mill subscribers.
“Investors Bank is honored to support Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2020–2021 season as the board and staff has reimagined the season to keep the Paper Mill family safe while continuing to enrich our community by bringing Broadway-quality productions to local families and theater lovers,” said Investors Bank Chairman and chief executive officer Kevin Cummings. “We are prouder than ever to support Paper Mill and are committed to do our part to get the organization through these difficult times.”
Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2020–2021 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank. Paper Mill Playhouse Education and Outreach programs are proudly sponsored by The Goren Family & the Harmony Helper App.
Beginning this week, Paper Mill's 2020-2021 subscription package is $275 per person for all seven shows.
In addition, individual tickets are now on sale for "Live from the West Side: The Women of Broadway," featuring Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and Vanessa Williams in concert, for $30 per household for each livestream event. These events are included in the 2020–2021 subscription package, and there is no need for subscribers to purchase tickets separately.
Due to health restrictions, the box office is closed for in-person transactions until further notice. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted over the phone or on the website. Programs, casting, prices, and dates subject to change.
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