Matt Lenz News

Photo Coverage: Sieber Opens in HAIRSPRAY at Paper Mill!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 27, 2010

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. Yesterday, September 26, the company celebrated the show's official opening night. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below! (more...)

30 Days Of NYMF: Day 10 Fingers and Toes
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2010

Fingers and Toes Book, Music and Lyrics by Logan Medland (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW Photo Special - Sep 24, 2010

Hairspray will play the following performance schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00PM, Thursdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM, Fridays at 7:00PM, Saturdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM and Sundays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM. Single tickets are now on sale and range in price from $25 to $92. Family week is September 22 through September 26, during which children's tickets are half off. Student rush tickets are $20 and are available the day of performance in person with current student ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at brand new website: www.papermill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse gift cards, available in any denomination, can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 25% discount on tickets and should call 973-379-3636 ext.2438. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Extends At Paper Mill Playhouse 9/22-10/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director) announces that the 2010-2011 season opening production, Hairspray has extended its performance schedule. Originally scheduled to run through October 17, Hairspray will now run from September 22 through October 24, 2010. Casting will be announced soon. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Holds HAIRSPRAY Blowout Bash, 9/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt, Managing Director) is proud to announce a free, community event celebrating the opening of Hairspray at the Millburn Theater. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will take place on Main Street and Taylor Park in Downtown Millburn on Sunday, September 19th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will feature: rides, games, live entertainment, contests, give-a-ways, food, a special appearance from members of the Hairspray cast and more. Hairspray's Blowout Bash is a rain or shine event. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paper Mill's HAIRSPRAY Meets The Press!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 16, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse will present Hairspray, directed by Matt Lenz, with choreography by Michele Lynch, at the Millburn theatre from September 22 through October 24, 2010. Yesterday, September 15, the company met the press and BroadwayWorld brings you photo coverage below! (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Contests, Time Line for HAIRSPRAY'S Blowout Bash
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt, Managing Director) is proud to announce a free, community event celebrating the opening of Hairspray at the Millburn Theater. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will take place on Main Street and Taylor Park in Downtown Millburn on Sunday, September 19th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will feature: rides, games, live entertainment, contests, give-a-ways, food, a special appearance from members of the Hairspray cast and more. Hairspray's Blowout Bash is a rain or shine event. Below you will find the time-line for the event that includes four, themed contests including; Jersey's Big Hair Contest, a 60's Dance-Off, Hula Hoop Contest and a 60's Costume Contest. Children and adults are encouraged to participate. WPLJ-95.5FM, New Jersey and New York's hit music station, will host each contest. HAIRSPRAY BLOWOUT BASH Sunday, September 19, 2010 EVENT TIME-LINE 1:00pm Event Begins 1:15pm-1:30pm Big Hair Contest / Give-a-ways 1:30pm-2:15pm The Party Dolls Perform 2:15pm-2:40pm 60's Dance Off / Give-a-ways 3:00pm-3:45pm The Party Dolls Perform 3:45pm-4:00pm Hula Hoop Contest / Give-a-ways 4:00pm-4:15pm Hairspray Cast Performance 4:15pm-5:00pm The Party Dolls Perform 5:00pm-5:30pm DJ/ 60's Costume Contest Awards Paper Mill Playhouse has been creating unique, free, community events for the past several years to celebrate the opening of each season. Last year, The Little House on the Prairie Harvest Festival attracted more than 2,000 area residents. 'Paper Mill Playhouse's season opening event is becoming a tradition for many area residents,' says Shayne Miller Director of Press and Public Relations for the Millburn Theater. 'This free event is Paper Mill Playhouse's way of thanking the community that supports our theater. Each year the event grows as we add new elements, entertainment and lots of fun for the kids.' Hairspray's Blowout Bash will feature The Fantastic Party Dolls Show and Dance Band. The Party Dolls started out in 1985 as a '60's Girl Group and Motown Review' The show has gone from Nantucket to Maui and played in 18 states and two foreign countries. The repertoire has expanded to cover '70's Disco Divas' and 'Ladies of the 80's'. From Motown to Madonna they are 'A tribute to girl groups and women in rock'. Some highlights and notable engagements include: George W. Bush Inaugural, PNC Arts Center; Trump Marina, Hard Rock (NYC, AC, Philly); Museum of Natural History; Yale University; Palm Beach; Southampton, Bermuda, Bahamas. The Party Dolls have appeared on the bill with such Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as; The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Connie Francis, Ben E. King and Dick Clark. They appeared on the nationally syndicated 'Joe Franklin Show' and will be making an appearance on 'The View'. There are plenty of FREE activities for the kids too. The event will feature rides including; Turbo Tubs, a trackless train with rides around Taylor Park, a 'candy house' themed moonwalker, a 24 foot inflatable slide, inflatable twister, vintage carnival games, spin art and more. There will be free cotton candy for the kids sponsored by Downtown Millburn (while supplies last). Other food items will be available for purchase on the day of the event. WPLJ-95.5FM, New Jersey and New York's hit music station, will DJ the event. Paper Mill Playhouse and WPLJ-95.5FM will be hosting contests throughout the day including: Jersey's Biggest Hair Contest, 60's Costume Contest, Hula Hoop Contest, 60's Dance Off, 60's trivia and more. So dust off the Jackie Kennedy wear and pull out the hairspray and show your 1960's spirit. Contests are open to children and adults. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will take place on Main Street and Taylor Park in Downtown Millburn on Sunday, September 19th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will feature: rides, games, entertainment, contests, give-a-ways, food, a special appearance from members of the Hairspray cast and more. Hairspray's Blowout Bash is a rain or shine event. MORE ON HAIRSPRAY Paper Mill Playhouse recently announced casting for Hairspray. Directed by Matt Lenz, with choreography by Michele Lynch, Hairspray will run at the Millburn theatre from September 22 through October 24, 2010. Family Week is September 22 through September 26 and during this period children's tickets are half off the regular price (certain restrictions apply). Hairspray is proudly sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of Paper Mill Playhouse. Hairspray will play the following performance schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00PM, Thursdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM, Fridays at 7:00PM, Saturdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM and Sundays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM. (Extended week has an alternate schedule. Check Paper Mill Playhouse's website for more information on the extension.) Single tickets are now on sale and range in price from $25 to $92. Student rush tickets are $25 and are available the day of performance in person with current student ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Paper Mill Playhouse's brand new website: www.papermill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse gift cards, available in any denomination, can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 25% discount or more on tickets and should call 973-379-3636, extension 2438. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Paper Mill Holds HAIRSPRAY Flash Mob
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 06, 2010

To promote the upcoming opening of their newest production, Hairspray, Paper Mill Playhouse recently orgnized a flash mob at Jersey Gardens Mall. Check out the video below of hundred joining in for 'You Can't Stop the Beat.' (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Holds HAIRSPRAY Blowout Bash, 9/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt, Managing Director) is proud to announce a free, community event celebrating the opening of Hairspray at the Millburn Theater. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will take place on Main Street and Taylor Park in Downtown Millburn on Sunday, September 19th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will feature: rides, games, live entertainment, contests, give-a-ways, food, a special appearance from members of the Hairspray cast and more. Hairspray's Blowout Bash is a rain or shine event. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces HAIRSPRAY Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to announce casting for Hairspray. Directed by Matt Lenz, with choreography by Michele Lynch, Hairspray will run at the Millburn theatre from September 22 through October 24, 2010. Family Week is September 22 through September 26 and during this period children's tickets are half off the regular price (certain restrictions apply). Hairspray is proudly sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of Paper Mill Playhouse. (more...)

Eight Finalists Chosen for Paper Mill Playhouse's Hairspray Dance Invention Contest
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse's (Mark S. Hoebee- Producing Artistic Director) online video contest, Hairspray's Dance Invention has narrowed its entries down to eight finalists. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Extends At Paper Mill Playhouse 9/22-10/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director) announces that the 2010-2011 season opening production, Hairspray has extended its performance schedule. Originally scheduled to run through October 17, Hairspray will now run from September 22 through October 24, 2010. Casting will be announced soon. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Muny
by Chris Gibson - Jun 23, 2010

The classic French fairy tale, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, is given the full-blown Disney treatment in this adaptation of their own 1991 animated film. While retaining many of the elements that gave the movie it's own particular charm, this version runs a bit too long and leisurely for my tastes, being padded out with additional, and largely forgettable songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, some of which were cut from the movie. But, there's no denying the appeal of this material, and the large contingent of families in attendance on a muggy night at the Muny all seemed to be having a great time with this appealing and fun production that kicks off their 2010 season. (more...)

Dr. Joy Browne & Perry Brass Host TALKBACK TUESDAYS at THE IRISH CURSE
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2010

Off-Broadway's THE IRISH CURSE, Martin Casella's acclaimed comedy, announces hosts for the final two 'Talkback Tuesdays,' a weekly series offering post-show discussions and audience Q&A sessions with special invited guest speakers. (more...)

Dr. Joy Browne & Perry Brass Host TALKBACK TUESDAYS at THE IRISH CURSE
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2010

Off-Broadway's THE IRISH CURSE, Martin Casella's acclaimed comedy, announces hosts for the final two 'Talkback Tuesdays,' a weekly series offering post-show discussions and audience Q&A sessions with special invited guest speakers. (more...)

THE IRISH CURSE to End Off-Broadway 5/30; London Next
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2010

THE IRISH CURSE, Martin Casella's acclaimed comedy, will end its Off-Broadway limited run on Sunday, May 30th at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (between Avenue of the Americas & Varick Street), where it opened on March 28th. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cast of HAIRSPRAY Tour Says 'Goodbye'
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 25, 2010

BWW Exclusive: After 7 years on the road, the National Tour of the TonyŽ Award-winning hit broadway musical HAIRSPRAY played its final show in Riverside, CA over the weekend of April 24-25, 2010. In a video exclusively produced for BroadwayWorld, cast member Kyle Kleiboeker (Fender) gives us an inside look backstage for a behind-the-scenes peek at how this cast prepares for the show. Kleiboeker previously produced a popular online video series when he was a cast member of the national touring company of THE WEDDING SINGER. (more...)

Tuesday Talkbacks Begin Tomorrow 4/20 at THE IRISH CURSE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2010

Off-Broadway's THE IRISH CURSE, Martin Casella's acclaimed comedy, announces 'Talkback Tuesdays,' a new weekly series offering post-show discussions and audience Q&A sessions with special invited guest speakers at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (between Ave. of the Americas & Varick Street). (more...)

Tony Nominee Sam Harris Leads LET ME SING Musical Reading, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2010

Producer Richard Winkler will present a reading of the new musical comedy LET ME SING starring Tony Award nominee Sam Harris as Al Jolson in New York City on Thursday, April 15. With a book by Sherman Yellen, new music & lyrics by Will Holt and featuring some of the most enduring Al Jolson standards, LET ME SING is directed by Matt Lenz. Carl Pasbjerg/Alchemy Productions is the General Manager. (more...)

THE IRISH CURSE Opens 3/28 at The Soho Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2010

Dan Butler (best known as Bulldog on 'Frasier'), Roderick Hill (Butley on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane), Scott Jaeck ('Charmed'), Brian Leahy ('The Junior League of Superheroes'), and Austin Peck ('Days of Our Lives') star in the Off-Broadway premiere of Martin Casella's acclaimed comedy THE IRISH CURSE at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (between Avenue of the Americas & Varick Street), opening Sunday, March 28th. Matt Lenz directs. (more...)

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