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Photos: 'Happy Days' Opens at Papermill Playhouse 9/30

Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ) opens Happy Days: A New Musical, on Sunday September 30 at 7:30PM.  Based on the hit Paramount Pictures television series, Happy Days is created by Garry Marshall who also wrote the book, with music and lyrics by Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams.  Directed by Paper Mill favorite Gordon Greenberg, this musical comedy will run at the Millburn Theatre through October 28.

"Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable king of cool Arthur 'The Fonz' Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures' television series, Happy Days: A New Musical reintroduces one of America's best loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops, and jukebox sock-hoppin'. The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hang-out, Arnold's, is in danger of demolition, so the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and TV-worthy wrestling match against former Phister prison members Count Jacques and Jimbo, aka the infamous Malachi Brothers. Even the daredevil diva Pinky Tuscadero returns to help and reunite with her 'legend in leather,'" state press notes.

Joey Sorge stars as The Fonz.  Richie Cunningham will be portrayed by Rory O'Malley.  Felicia Finley plays the spirited Pinky Tuscadero.  Patrick Garner plays Howard Cunningham. The cast also stars Cynthia Ferrer (Marion), Natalie Bradshaw (Joanie), Todd Buonopane (Ralph Malph), Christopher Ruth (Potsie), Eric Schneider (Chachi), Michael J. Farina (Arnold). The members of the ensemble include: Scott Barnhardt (Scooter),  Julia Burrows (Lori Beth), Andrea Dora (Paula), Lisa Gajda (Pinkette Sally), Stephanie Gibson (Pinkette Lola), Lauren Parsons (Louise), Tom Plotkin (Jumpy Malachi), and Andrew Varela (Count Malachi).

Happy Days: A New Musical will play the following performance schedule: Wednesdays at 7:30PM, Thursdays at 2PM & 7:30PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2PM & 7:30PM.

Single tickets are now on sale and range in price from $25 to $92.  Student rush tickets are $16.25 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

Photos by Gerry Goodstein

l-r: Lisa Gajda (Pinkette Sally), Felicia Finley (Pinky), and Stephanie Gibson (Pinkette Lola)

l-r: Lisa Gajda, Joey Sorge (Fonzie), and Stephanie Gibson

Natalie Bradshaw (Joanie), Stephanie Gibson, Julia Burrows (Lori Beth), Todd Buonopane (Ralph), Scott Barnhardt (Scooter), Eric Schneider (Chachi), Joey Sorge and Rory O'Malley (Richie)

Rory O'Malley, Eric Schneider, Christopher Ruth (Potsie) and Todd Buonopane

Patrick Garner (Howard), Lauren Parsons (Louise), Stephanie Gibson (Betty), Andrea Dora (Paula), Todd Buonopane, Eric Schneider, Natalie Bradshaw, Felicia Finley, Scott Barnhardt, Christopher Ruth and Tom Plotkin (Leopard Mac)

Joey Sorge

Felicia Finley and Joey Sorge

Felicia Finley and Joey Sorge

Rory O'Malley and Julia Burrows

Lisa Gajda, Andrea Dora, Natalie Bradshaw, Cynthia Ferrar (Marion), Julia Burrows, Lauren Parsons and Stephanie Gibson

Lisa Gajda, Felicia Finley and Stephanie Gibson

Michael J. Farina (Arnold), Andrew Varela, Patrick Garner and Tom Plotkin

Christopher Ruth, Todd Buonopane, Eric Schneider and Rory O'Malley

l-r: Lisa Gajda, Joey Sorge and Stephanie Gibson

l-r: Julia Burrows and Eric Schneider

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