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Honeymooners Cast Announced for Kickoff Paper Mill Season

Michael McGrath Credits: Paper Mill Playhouse
Michael Mastro Credits: Paper Mill Playhouse
Leslie Kritzer Credits: Paper Mill Playhouse
Laura Bell Bundy Credits: Paper Mill Playhouse

MILLBURN, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse is pleased to announce casting for the world-premiere production of the new musical comedy The Honeymooners, based on the CBS television series, with book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills. This world-premiere musical features direction from Tony Award-winner John Rando, choreography by Emmy Award-winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction and vocal arrangements by Remy Kurs. Performances are set to begin Thursday, September 28, 2017, for a limited run through Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ.  Major support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. 

America’s favorite dreamers have a brand-new scheme. The Honeymooners is a world-premiere musical comedy inspired by the classic television series. Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon. 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.

 The principal cast will feature Tony Award winner Michael McGrath as Ralph Kramden, Michael Mastro as Ed Norton, Leslie Kritzer as Alice Kramden, and Tony Award nominee Laura Bell Bundy as Trixie Norton, with Lewis Cleale as Bryce Bennett, Lewis J. Stadlen as Old Man Faciamatta, and David Wohl as Allen Upshaw. 

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 The Honeymooners ensemble will feature Holly Ann Butler, Chris Dwan, Hannah Florence, Tessa Grady, Stacey Todd Holt, Ryan Kasprzak, Drew King, Eloise Kropp, Harris Milgrim, Justin Prescott, Lance Roberts, Jeffrey Schecter, Britton Smith, Alison Solomon, Michael Walters, and Kevin Worley.

 The Honeymooners will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. The performance schedule is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2017/2018 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

The production team includes set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Kai Harada, hair, wig & makeup design by Leah J. Loukas, with orchestrations by Doug Besterman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis. The production stage manager is Timothy R. Semon. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Patrick Goodwin, CSA.

CAST

Michael McGrath (Ralph Kramden). Broadway: The Front Page, She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century, Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead?, Spamalot (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging on a Star (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination), The Goodbye Girl, My Favorite Year. City Center Encores!: Du Barry Was a Lady, The Boys from Syracuse, Follies. Off Broadway: The Government Inspector, The Cocoanuts, Forbidden Broadway, The Butter and Egg Man. TV: The Martin Short Show. Film: Changing Lanes, The Interpreter, Ira & Abby.

Michael Mastro (Ed Norton). Broadway: West Side Story, Twelve Angry Men, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mamma Mia!, Judgement at Nuremberg, Side Man, Barrymore (with Christopher Plummer), Love! Valour! Compassion!. Off Broadway: Volpone (Red Bull), Any Given Monday (59E59/Act Two), and others. Regional: Paper Mill (twice previously!), Shakespeare Theatre DC, Dallas Theater Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Old Globe, Penguin Rep, Williamstown, George Street Playhouse (two seasons as resident artistic director). Film: Kissing Jessica Stein, The Night We Never Met, Jungle 2 Jungle. TV: HBO’s new film about Joe Paterno, Law and Order: SVU, Nurse Jackie, Magic City, Alias. Member: Actors’ Equity, Actors Center.

Leslie Kritzer (Alice Kramden). Broadway: Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination), Legally Blonde, Elf and Hairspray. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Judas and Me, Rooms: A Rock Romance (Outer Critics Circle nomination), On The Town (Encores!), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk nomination), Bat Boy, Godspell, The Memory Show, Damn Yankees, the world premiere of POP! (Yale Rep),  Three Generations (Kennedy Center), Cabaret, Born Yesterday, the world premiere of Vanities, Urinetown (National Tour), Evita, and Funny Girl (Paper Mill Playhouse). She has performed at London's Royal Albert Hall as a guest soloist honoring Tim Rice and Alan Menken. Film credits include "17 Photos of Isabel." Television credits include "3 LBS" (CBS) and "Jason and Jessica" (HBO).

Laura Bell Bundy (Trixie Norton) happily returns to Paper Mill, where she played Dainty June in Gypsy. Originated Tina Denmark in Ruthless (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Tony, OCC, Drama Desk nominations); played Glinda in Wicked. TV: Good Behavior, Scream Queens, How I Met Your Mother, Anger Management, Hart of Dixie, Documentary Now, Royal Pains, Cold Case, Veronica Mars, Guiding Light, many more. Film: Dreamgirls, Jumanji, Life with Mikey, and others. Her album Achin’ and Shakin’ debuted in the top 5 on Billboard’s country charts, CMT nomination for breakout video of the year. Created, directed, and produced LBBTV web series Cooter County and Skits-O-Frenic.

 Lewis Cleale (Bryce Bennett) Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Sondheim On Sondheim,  Spamalot, Amour, Once Upon A Mattress, Swinging On A Star. Off Broadway: A New Brain, The Fantasticks, Time And Again, Call Me Madam (Encores!) TV: “Elementary,” “BrainDEAD.” Lewis voiced Cliff the troll in Disney's FROZEN. 

 Lewis J. Stadlen (Old Man Faciamatta). Broadway: The Front Page, The Nance, Fish in the Dark, The Producers, The Man Who Came to Dinner (Drama Desk Award nomination), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony Award nomination), The Female Odd Couple, Candide (Tony Award nomination), The Sunshine Boys, Minnie’s Boys (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World Awards). Some of his better films include Serpico, The Verdict, To Be or Not to Be, and In & Out. He has been seen on television in Damages, The Sopranos, and Smash.

 David Wohl (Allen Upshaw) Paper Mill Playhouse: The Diary of Anne Frank. Broadway: Golden Boy, Fiddler on the Roof, Dinner at Eight, The Man Who Had All the Luck. Regional: Weston, Pittsburgh Public, Huntington, Bucks County, Victory Gardens, Goodspeed; older: Williamstown, George Street, LaJolla, Taper, Cincinnati. Off-Broadway: E.S.T., Rattlestick, Playwrights Horizons, TFANA,Abingdon. Film (recent): Asher, The Boy Downstairs, Are You Joking?; (earlier): The Wackness, Saving Private Ryan, Hot Shots Part Deux, Brewster's Millions, Revenge of the Nerds, Sophie's Choice. Recent television: recurring on “Madame Secretary;” older includes series regulars on “Brooklyn Bridge,” “D.E.A.,” “Once a Hero,” and the animated “Hey Arnold.”

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