MILLBURN, NJ — The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, as it might affect the scheduled performances of the final two shows of the 2019-2020 season as well as the safety of the patrons.
At this time, due to the ban issued for gatherings of 50 or more people by Gov. Phil Murphy, the opening performance of "Sister Act" has been rescheduled to open at least eight weeks later than originally scheduled.
Furthermore, the Paper Mill has decided not to produce "The Wanderer" during the current season as planned, but discussions are already underway to determine when it can be rescheduled.
A letter from The Paper Mill Playhouse to subscribers and ticket holders was sent as follows:
Dear Paper Mill Family,
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well during these uncertain times.
We’re reaching out to let you know that we are closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, and we have made several adjustments to our performance schedule and operations to help ensure the safety and well-being of our community.
Based on the New Jersey ban on public gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks issued by Governor Murphy, we are postponing our upcoming production of Sister Act, originally scheduled to begin on April 1, and hope to open it in eight weeks or still within the 2019-20 season. If you currently have tickets to Sister Act, you will be reseated into a rescheduled performance and will be given the dates when they are confirmed.
We will not be producing The Wanderer during the 2019-20 season, but discussions are underway about when it can be rescheduled.
While it deeply saddens us to dim the lights of the theater for now, our top priority is the well-being of our audiences, artists, and colleagues—and we will not resume performances until we are confident it is safe to do so.
In addition to postponing our performances, Paper Mill has canceled all public events, classes and gatherings for the next eight weeks.
For current ticket holders, we are guaranteeing you the full value of your purchased ticket at this time, with several options:
· An on-account credit toward a future Paper Mill Playhouse performance or subscription
· As an acknowledged donation which you will be able to use for tax-reporting purposes*
· Refund issued to a gift card
· Issued as a full refund
*Converting your ticket purchase to a donation supports Paper Mill’s future in this very uncertain and unsettling time. If you are able, please consider making a contribution in support of our not-for-profit mission to produce world-class musical theater, nurture inclusion, and provide access for all. Suspending performances pains us and causes severe financial strain to our staff and artists; your contribution means more now than ever.
We ask for your patience as we work to accommodate your ticketing requests. Because we are minimizing on-site staff, please email your contact info to us at BoxOffice@PaperMill.org, and a staff member will call you back shortly.
Please stay tuned for more updates, including the announcement of our 2020–2021 season.
We are so grateful for your support, and we look forward to the time when we can welcome you back to the theater. Until then, be well.
All our best,