Beth Leavel, Anne Horak, et al. to Lead BOEING-BOEING at Paper Mill Playhouse


Paper Mill Playhouse has just announced the cast and creative team for Boeing-Boeing, directed by James Brennan. The cast features: Anne Horak (Gretchen), Brynn O'Malley (Gabriella), Heather Parcells (Gloria), John Scherer (Robert), Matt Walton (Bernard) and Tony® Award-winner Beth Leavel (Berthe). The show begins performances on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, and runs at the Millburn theater through Sunday, February 12, 2012. The official press opening is scheduled for Sunday, January 22, 2012. Boeing-Boeing is sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of Paper Mill Playhouse.

With an intoxicating script by Marc Camoletti, Boeing-Boeing tells the tale of Bernard, an American playboy in swinging '60s Paris who juggles three flight-attendant fiancées-one American, one German, and one Italian. With the help of airline timetables and a phenomenally efficient housekeeper, he convinces each that she is his only love. But then a fast new Boeing jet puts the flight attendants on a collision course, hurtles Bernard's cunning deception towards disaster, and provides lift-off for laugh after laugh.

Boeing-Boeing will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three-show subscription packages are available. Single tickets are on sale from $25. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 25% discount on tickets and should call 973-315-1680. Investors Bank is the proud sponsor of Paper Mill Playhouse's 2011-2012 season.

"Boeing-Boeing is the perfect comedy to brighten the winter blues," commented Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director. "This is one of the funniest evenings you will spend in a theatre. Chances are you will be laughing all the way home."

Boeing-Boeing marks director James Brennan's eighth production at Paper Mill Playhouse where his previous credits include: Kiss Me, Kate, Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music. Additionally, Brennan choreographed and directed Broadway productions of Porter's Jubilee and Kern's Sally. His acting credits on Broadway include: 42nd Street, Singin' in the Rain, and Crazy for You.

Tony® Award-winner Beth Leavel will play the droll housekeeper, Berthe. Leavel received Tony, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. Other Broadway credits include: Baby It's You! (Florence Greenberg), Elf (Emily), Mamma Mia! (Donna), Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock), Crazy for You (Tess), The Civil War (Mrs. Bixby) and Show Boat (Ellie).

Air hostesses Gloria, Gretchen and Gabriella are played by Heather Parcells, Anne Horak and Brynn O'Malley, respectively. Parcells, making her Paper Mill Playhouse debut was seen on Broadway in A Chorus Line, Wonderland, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Horak was last seen at Paper Mill Playhouse in Curtains (Bambi Bernet) and was featured in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Oklahoma! Her Broadway and national tour credits include Young Frankenstein (Inga) and White Christmas (Rita). Brynn O'Malley received rave reviews at Paper Mill Playhouse for her portrayal of Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis. O'Malley's Broadway credits include: Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle), Wicked (Nessarose), Sunday in the Park with George and Beauty and the Beast.

John Scherer (Robert) was seen last season at Paper Mill Playhouse as Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Scherer appeared on Broadway in Lovemusik, By Jeeves, Sunset Boulevard, The Most Happy Fella (NYC Opera) and the Actors Fund benefit performance of Funny Girl. Matt Walton (Bernard) makes his Paper Mill Playhouse debut, fulfilling a life-long dream of performing in the same theater he grew up attending. Walton is a television regular and was recently seen as the host of "The Onion SportsDome" for Cablevision. Walton appeared on "Blue Bloods," "Royal Pains," "Rescue Me," and the "Law & Order" series. Walton originated several roles off-Broadway and regionally at Bay Street Theater, Actors' Playhouse, North Shore Music Theater and American Stage.

The design team includes: set design by Emmy® Award-winner Ray Klausen (Burn the Floor, Liza's at the Palace), costumes by Emmy® Award-winner Brian Hemesath (The Royal Family), lighting design by F. Mitchell Dana (The Suicide, Freedom of the City), hair and wig design by Emmy® Award-winner Bettie O. Rodgers (A View From the Bridge) and sound design by Randy Hansen. The production stage manager is Becky Fleming.

Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theatres. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/WM Photos

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