Arts & Entertainment

South Orange Resident Working Overtime in Paper Mill’s New Play, 'The Other Josh Cohen'

63a01b31062fff25934c_IMG_3183.JPG
81c3bfeafc397cde8587_03_JoshCohen_5x7.jpg
63a01b31062fff25934c_IMG_3183.JPG

MILLBURN, NJ – Rehearsals are well under way for the new production of the original musical comedy “The Other Josh Cohen” at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and South Orange resident Vadim Feichtner is serving double-duty as both a member of the cast and as music director.

Feichtner has been an acclaimed theater musical director for years, and said the creators of “The Other Josh Cohen” surprised him when they asked him to be in it as well.

“We were talking at the New York Musical Theater Festival, and when they offered me the job, they said, ‘We have kind of a weird situation and we don’t know what to do.  We want you to be the Musical Director, but we think you’ll also be talking a little bit,’” Feichtner said. “And later, looking at it with my wife, I thought, wait, there are a lot of lines here.”

Sign Up for E-News

In fact, over the course of the show, Feichtner plays six different characters.  He laughed when he said that he has not had a speaking role since high school.  All the other musicians in the production also play characters in the show.  Feichtner said that it would be a spoiler to explain further, but that it all comes together beautifully.

The show began its life at a very small off-Broadway theater in New York, but the production was shut down in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The team was searching for a new venue for the show when the opportunity at the Paper Mill arose.  Feichtner said they are excited to see how the show plays in a much larger house.

“The Paper Mill Playhouse is such a great venue,” he said. “And still being in the New York market will keep the show in the eye.” He described the show as “a chamber musical about a guy who is always trying to do the right thing and find love at the same time, a beautiful romantic comedy.”

The commute from South Orange to Millburn will be a welcome change for Feichtner.  “Living in South Orange is the best,” the Cleveland native said.  “It’s what I’ve been waiting for.  We were trapped in New York City, and we wanted to get out.  We wanted a lawn.  Now I have room for my toys and the dog can run around. It’s really as good as it gets.”

Feichtner served as the Musical Director of the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway his work was seen in Little Miss Sunshine, Elegies: A Song Cycle, Infinite Joy, The Burnt Part Boys, Ordinary Days, I Sing!  His writing credits include: Lincoln Center Songbook’s Songs of Innocence and Experience and incidental music for New York Public Theatre’s As You Like It (both written with William Finn).

The Other Josh Cohen will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from February 19 – March 16.  Performance Schedule: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now and range from $27 to $98. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 20, 2018

April 5 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Extra Supermarket on Irvington Ave on a reported shoplifter. Jean Legerme, age 21 of Newark was detained by security for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items. He was arrested, taken into custody and later released after being charged on a summons.

April 5 - Shoplifting; At ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Theft and Burglary Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 19

Theft - An East Orange resident reported that on Tuesday, April 17, at approximately 9:20 a.m., actor(s) unknown stole some tools from a construction site on Valley Street. The stolen tools, valued at over $500.00 were a Makita brand drill set and electrical saw.

Burglary to Auto - An Irvington resident reported that on Thursday, April ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

April 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 10:30 AM

Millburn

Do Good, Feel Good, Have Fun!

Giving Back

Mon, April 23, 7:00 PM

First Congregational Church, Guild Room, Montclair

A Healthier New Jersey: The Murphy Administration ...

Government Health & Wellness

Tue, April 24, 6:00 PM

The Venetian , Garfield

Prepared For Life Dinner with Captain Mark Kelly

Other

Essex County Announces Partnership with Nine Local Charitable Organizations

April 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County will participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and ...

Kiburi Tucker Sentenced to 38 Months in Federal Prison

NEWARK, NJ - Kiburi Tucker, a longtime friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the business partner of a Newark woman who admitted to tax evasion last year, was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion, federal authorities announced. 

Kiburi D. Tucker, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty in November before Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares after ...

Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

April 21, 2018

FLORENCE, NJ – There is a widely unknown problem in schools all over America: a stigma among many children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Rather than face the peer pressure of receiving breakfast or lunch through this federal program, many choose to remain hungry.

To help eliminate the practice, Amazon has partnered with Share our Strength’s “No Kid ...

Endangered Bog Turtle Plods Through Senate Towards Official Designation as State Reptile

TRENTON, NJ - The endangered bog turtle is one step closer to being designated New Jersey's official state reptile, following State Senate approval of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, joined ...

Class Act Performing Arts Studio presents "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at SOPAC

April 22, 2018

Class Act Performing Arts Studio’s senior Musical Theatre Company members will perform “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Thursday, May 10th , 2018 through Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Set in 19th-century London, this thrilling musical tells the story of barber Benjamin Barker, now known by his alias, Sweeney Todd, and his ...

Author Visit: Peter Golden at Millburn Library

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to welcome acclaimed journalist, novelist, and historian Peter Golden on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7:00pm, to discuss his new book, Nothing is Forgotten.

Featuring Peter Golden’s signature “vivid characters and strong storytelling” (The Washington Post), Nothing Is Forgotten changes our understanding of the ...

South Orange Fencer and Origin Athlete Victoria Pevzner Captures Silver Medal in Poland

11 year-old fencer Victoria Pevzner placed second in the U-13 Girls’ Foil event at 2018 Challenge Wratislavia, an international youth fencing tournament in Wroclaw, Poland, March 22-26, 2018.

The 13 year-old and under’ girls foil event included over 180 competitors from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and ...