Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Opens HAIRSPRAY - After Party
Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting Hairspray, directed by Matt Lenz, with choreography by Michele Lynch, at the Millburn theatre from September 22 through October 24, 2010. On September 26, the company celebrated the show's official opening night. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you after-party coverage below!
Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score, Hairspray launches Paper Mill Playhouse's 2010-2011 season, aerosol-style. You'll tap your feet to the beat as Tracy Turnblad and friends triumph over high school bullies, racism and enemies everywhere of big girls with big hair. Music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, viewers young and old will be shimmying in their seats as they enjoy hit favorites such as "I Can Hear The Bells," and "You Can't Stop The Beat." It's hair-hopping family fun in dazzling color and style.
The Turnblad Family includes: Christine Danelson (Tracy Turnblad) returns to the Paper Mill Playhouse stage, where she first performed as part of its Summer Conservatory in the annual New Voices Concert. She performed in the first national tour of Hairspray (Standby Tracy). She also appeared in off-Broadway's Cloaked, and in West Side Story and South Pacific at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Lee Roy Reams (Wilbur Turnblad) has numerous Broadway productions to his credit including: The Producers; 42nd Street; Beauty and The Beast; La Cage Aux Folles; Hello, Dolly!; An Evening with Jerry Herman; Applause; Lorelei; Oklahoma! & Sweet Charity. Paper Mill Playhouse appearances include: La Cage Aux Folles; Show Boat (PBS); No, No, Nanette; Victor/Victoria; 42nd Street (Director) and Anything Goes (Director). Christopher Sieber, (Edna Turnblad) a two-time, Tony nominated actor (Shrek and Spamalot), made his Broadway debut as Agis in the musical Triumph of Love. Following this role, he appeared as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Billy Flynn in Chicago.
Other principals include: Arielle Campbell (Little Inez) played the Romanian and Monaco Princesses in the international tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. West End Credits include: Dirty Dancing and Shirley in Saturday Night Fever. Alex Ellis (Penny) last performed as Penny in Hairspray at the Cape Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse and Maine State Music Theater. National tours include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), and Legally Blonde (Margot, Kate/Chutney). Donna English (Velma Von Tussle), a Paper Mill Playhouse veteran, was last seen on the Millburn Stage as Ms. Darbus in Disney High School Musical. Ms. English also performed in Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor. Kasey Marino (Corny Collins) performed on Broadway as Brad in Hairspray. Kasey was also featured in Paper Mill Playhouse's productions of Godspell and Ragtime. Kevin Meaney (Male Authority Figure) appeared on Broadway in Hairspray. His television credits include: Dr. Katz, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Garfield and Friends, Rocko's Modern Life, London Underground, and Duckman. Kathleen Monteleone (Amber) most recently preformed as Elle in the National Tour of Legally Blonde the Musical. Other theatre credits include: Vixen in Angels-The Strand Theatre, Shreveport and Pam in Urban Cowboy - Gateway Playhouse. Susan Mosher (Female Authority Figure) also played Female Authority Figure in the Broadway and Vegas runs of Hairspray. She has appeared on television in The L Word, Without a Trace, View From Top, and Cashino. Constantine Rousouli, (Link) a Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Conservatory Alumnus, returns to Paper Mill Playhouse following his Broadway debut as Link in Hairspray. Caliaf St. Aubyn (Seaweed) played Levee in August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. NaTasha Yvette Williams (Motormouth Mabel) appeared on Broadway in the role of Sofia in The Color Purple and at Paper Mill Playhouse in Ain't Misbehavin'.
Rounding out the Hairspray cast are: Callan Bergmann, Iris Burrus, Brittany Conigatti, Willie Dee, Shelese Franklin, Deidre Haren, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Anthony Johnson, Kyshawn K. Lane, Christopher Messina, Nicole Powell, Alex Rolecek, Rashidra Scott, Dani Spieler, Beth Cheryl Tarnow, Laurie Veldheer, and Jake Wilson.
Hairspray will be directed by Matt Lenz (original Broadway Direction by Jack O'Brien). Mr. Lenz was the Associate Director for Hairspray on Broadway, Las Vegas and Toronto. Other directing credits include: Wicked's 5th Anniversary Celebration at the Gershwin Theater on Broadway, Saint Heaven, a world premiere musical at The Stamford Center for the Arts, Hairspray in South Africa, The Irish Curse by Martin Casella for the NY International Fringe Festival, South Pacific at Casa Mañana and North Carolina Theater, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast at The MUNY in St Louis. Michele Lynch joins the production as Choreographer (Original Broadway Choreography by Jerry Mitchell). Ms. Lynch returns to Paper Mill Playhouse where she choreographed Little House on the Prairie, featuring Melissa Gilbert and Happy Days: The Musical. Her Broadway credits include: Everyday Rapture and The Coast of Utopia. She served as the Associate Choreographer to Jerry Mitchell for Broadway's The Full Monty.
Michael Allen serves as Set Coordinator. Costume Coordinator is Brian Hemesath. Lighting Design is by Paul Miller. Sound Design is by Randy Hansen. Mark Adam Rampmeyer is the Hair and Wig designer. Tom Helm will serve as Music Supervisor. Production Stage Manager is Thomas J. Gates.
For tickets and more information, visit www.papermill.org.
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Donna English and Liyla
Kyushaun Lane and guests
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone
Christine Danelson and Ken Wagner
The Cast of Hairspray
Cyril St. Aubyn and Joanne St. Aubyn with their son Caliaf St. Aubyn
Caliaf St. Aubyn
Nicole Powell and her husband
The Cast of Hairspray
The Cast of Hairspray