Paper Mill Playhouse Annouces 2008-09 Season

 Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Artistic Director, Mark W. Jones-Executive Director) announced the 2008-2009 season as we  - some new to the Paper Mill stage and some returning favorite.  The season opens in September with a show that revolutionized American Musical Theatre, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!  In November, Paper Mill produces a production of the mega-hit Disney's High School Musical. We bring in the winter with two brilliant plays, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Master Class. Paper Mill welcomes spring with America's prize winning musical 1776. The platinum season closes with the Paper Mill premiere of the grin and bare-it-all comedy, The Full Monty. The 2008-2009 season is sponsored by Investors Savings Bank.

The performance schedule for the 2008-2009 season at Paper Mill Playhouse is: Wednesdays at 7:30PM, Thursdays at 2:00PM & 7:30PM, Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM & 8:00PM and Sundays at 2:00PM & 7:30PM.  Single tickets go on sale beginning July 28, 2008 starting at $25.  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 www.papermill.org.  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.

In announcing the 2008-2009 season, Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill's Artistic Director says, ""We have six spectacular shows for our 08-09 season which we trust will delight the many diverse constituencies that make up Paper Mill's audience while continuing our goal to provide intergenerational entertainment.  We open our Platinum Anniversary season with the show that changed the face of American Musical Theatre - Oklahoma!, followed by the current phenomenon that is Disney's High School  Musical.  Both of these shows are great fare for the entire family.  For the winter months we are bringing two brilliant comedies to our stage The first is The Importance of Being Earnest,  the Oscar Wilde classic, which Ben Brantley of the New York Times said "may indeed be the most perfect comedy every written." Next is Master Class which offers an insightful and hilarious look at the life of opera star Maria Callas.  This show includes some of the arias which made Callas a world famous diva and is a wonderful bridge for our audience between play and musical.  In the spring we will produce the surprisingly funny and wonderfully moving 1776 which tunefully celebrates the birth of our nation.  And our final offering of the season, based on the Academy Award winning film, will be the grin-and-bare it all smash hit, The Full Monty. This exciting line-up of shows is sure to delight, entertain, educate and surprise our audience each time they come to Paper Mill."

This December Paper Mill Playhouse will once again partner with New Jersey Ballet for the 39th consecutive season of Nutcracker, in addition, Paper Mill announced a new partnership with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform on the Paper Mill Stage for a special series of Thursday afternoon concerts. Each 75-minute concert in the new Best of Series focuses on either one composer or a specific theme and features a delectable spread of your favorite music. Concerts include: Best of Beethoven on October 23 at 2:00pm, Best of Vienna on January 1 at 2:00pm, Best of Shakespearean Romance on February 19 at 2:00pm and Best of Nature on May 28 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 1.800.ALLEGRO (2553476) or by visiting www.njsymphony.org.

Mark W Jones, Paper Mill's Executive Director shares his thoughts on the 2008-2009 season, "We are delighted to offer such a varied and distinguished group of productions for our 70th anniversary season, which fit so well with our new vision of intergenerational programming. Our new partnership with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and our commitment to New Jersey Ballet, once again demonstrates that Paper Mill Playhouse is truly the State Theater of New Jersey."

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