Friday, April 5, 2013
Check out showtimes at the downtown Millburn theater and nearby.
"Evil Dead," and "Chashme Baddor," open this week in nearby theaters but Millburn still has some winners. "Jurassic Park 3-D" is playing in Millburn this weekend along with: "The Croods" is a new animated prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever. In the sci-fi love story, "The Host," starring Dianne Kruger, humans become hosts for unseen invaders with their minds being taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed. …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Paper Mill Playhouse's new show starts out funny and keeps getting funnier — even if you’ve seen it all before.
New Jersey loves its sopranos, but for the next few weeks, tenors are the dominant class in the northern area codes. And theater fans from Cape May to Cliffside Park will want to share the mayhem and merriment at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. No doubt the majority of regular theatergoers have seen at least one production of “Lend Me a Tenor,” a door-slamming farce that has been a staple of professional and community theaters since its debut in 1986 on London’s West End. It debuted on Broadway in 1989, where it earned nine Tony nominations (winning two), and was revived there in 2010. Playwright Ken Ludwig, who has seen his comic hit translated into 16 languages, attended Sunday’s press opening at Paper Mill and shared a standing …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Cast, alumni of "A Chorus Line" pay tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on opening night at Millburn's playhouse.
The bright lights of prime-time show business stretched from downtown Millburn all the way to Brookside Drive Sunday night, where Paper Mill Playhouse premiered its 2012-13 season in grand style. Following the press opening of its splashy revival of “A Chorus Line,” about 50 former cast members from the legendary Broadway production joined the current cast onstage for a tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch, who wrote the musical’s memorable score, died in August. In addition to a high-kicking reprise of “One,” the capacity crowd was treated to some moving personal tributes, including a speech from Mitzi Hamilton, who inspired one of the show’s characters and is directing “A Chorus Line” here, as she has done some three dozen times…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
"Once on This Island" features an ethnic cast with Caribbean rhythms in a one-act 90 minute island breeze.
Paper Mill Playhouse is closing out its 2011-12 season with a charming musical that proves this big revival hall can still think outside the box and give us something a little different. The big Millburn stage typically sticks to proven material such as Broadway blockbusters and the occasional world premiere that comes with a built-in audience (including adaptations of TV standards such as “Happy Days” and Little House on the Prairie,” not to mention their “High School Musical” and “Newsies” partnerships with Disney). But as spring gives way to summer vacation, Paper Mill has chosen to revive a lesser-known musical, “Once on This Island,” which features a multi-ethnic cast brightening the stage with colorful Caribbean-inspired rhythms and …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Summer program will allow aspiring stars to study in New Jersey and perform in NYC.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
When Randy Kravitz Elman and Mary Brienza were young, aspiring performers, learning from the best in the business meant riding a train into New York City, transferring to a subway, then walking some long city blocks to get to a dance studio or voice or acting coach. So when they launched Musical Theatre Conservatory they were determined to give students -- and their families -- the best of both worlds. “Acting class was on the Upper East Side. Dance classes were midtown. My voice teacher was on the Upper West Side,” Randy Elman explained. “As a teenager I took the train in on my own, but when I was too young to do that my parents actually hired someone to drive me in to the city. I’m grateful that they would do that for me, but it was a …
Monday, January 2, 2012
Short Hills actress plays Young Fiona in 'Shrek the Musical.'
Monday, January 2, 2012
While most of her peers were busy starting middle school this year, Alexa Kerner took a different path. She began rehearsals in August for a show that opened in September. Alexa appeared as Young Fiona in the Broadway National Tour of "Shrek the Musical." The show performed in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. The show generally performed eight times a week and Alexa alternated playing Young Fiona and Young Shrek and Grumpy. Young Fiona sings the song "I Know it's Today" with Teen Fiona and Grown-Up Fiona. Alexa's last show was on Dec. 28 in Hershey, Pa. "I had the time of my life performing in Shrek the Musical," Alexa said. "Having the opportunity …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The production is at Paper Mill through Dec. 30 before heading on a national tour.
If you've been a fan of "Les Miserables" during the last 25 years, you're sure to enjoy the reinvented production at the Paper Mill Playhouse. The same music and story so many people grew up with and fell in love with over the last two-plus decades take center stage in the 25th anniversary production that runs through Dec. 30. From the first note, it's hard not to smile if you're fond of this show. But, of course, you need a cast that can bring the emotional story to life, which is the case with the Paper Mill production. During interviews with the press in early November, several actors playing principle characters said they were given the freedom to reinvent their character. That freedom shows as this group of actors were able to take …
Friday, July 30, 2010
The summer conservatory students take to the stage for three performances.
They've been singing and acting and dancing for weeks at Montclair State University, and now the 120 young performers in the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Conservatory are hitting the stage to show off what they've learned. They take the stage for three performances this weekend—Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Single tickets range in price from $22.75 to $38.75. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office, or online at www.papermill.org. Get a sneak peek below from dress rehearsal.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Paper Mill Playhouse is holding its annual summer conservatory for the region's young performers through July.
It's like scenes out of "Fame." In one dance studio, a group of teens is doing their best version of "Stomp," beating out a rhythm to dance to with their feet. In the hallway, two teens practice dance moves to go with a song they'll be performing. In the stairwell yet another teen is practicing reaching the high notes of a song. It's just another day at the Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Conservatory. The conservatory is a five-week advanced professional theater performance program for "talented and motivated" young performing artists ages 10-18 years old. Those in the program identify themselves as performing artists and have made the choice to pursue the theater professionally in the future. The 120 students in the program, who auditioned…
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The MHS Drama Club presents their 8th annual fundraiser
The Millburn High School Drama Club presented their eighth annual Millburn Cares benefit concert for the Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark, "Rock the Cause." Led by presidents Alex Fagan and Ashley Rappoport, vice president Martha Meguerian, fundraising chair Alex Sugarman and faculty advisor Suzanne Snyder, members of the drama club performed 15 songs from Broadway shows, mostly from rock musicals. Performances included songs from "RENT," "Rock of Ages," "Wicked," "Spring Awakening," "Movin' Out," "The Last Five Years," "Next to Normal," "Jersey Boys" and "A Chorus Line." The drama club kicked off the year in October when it held a packed event at Rockn Joes in Millburn. The music event raised over $400 for Broadway House for …