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Anderson, Sills et al. Lead Paper Mill's PETER PAN, 6/2-6/27


The Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Artistic Director, Mark W. Jones-Executive Director) has announced casting for its production of Peter Pan. Directed by Mark S. Hoebee with choreography by Patti Colombo, Peter Pan will run at the Millburn Theater from June 2 through June 27, 2010.  The production will open for the press on June 6. Peter Pan is generously supported by a gift from Allen and Joan Bildner and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Peter Pan 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. 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  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 25% discount on tickets and should call 973-379-3636 ext. 2438.

Peter Pan is a swashbuckling story that delivers non-stop action, spell binding music and stunning choreography.  This smash hit musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic story is a perennial favorite for people of all ages.

"We're thrilled to welcome an all-star cast to Paper Mill Playhouse," said Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee." Broadway leading lady Nancy Anderson, who appeared in Paper Mill's production of She Loves Me, returns to our stage as 'Peter Pan' opposite Douglas Sills in the dual roles of ‘Mr. Darling/Captain Hook'. And we are excited to welcome back Glory Crampton to perform with us for the tenth time!"

Peter Pan brings a spectacular cast to the Paper Mill stage including:

Nancy Anderson (Peter Pan) was in the Broadway productions of A Class Act and Wonderful Town. She starred as Ilona in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of She Loves Me. MS. Anderson was featured in PBS' "Great Performances" of Kiss Me, Kate and South Pacific. She has been nominated for Olivier, Helen Hayes, and Drama Desk Awards.
Douglas Sills (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling)
is best known for his performances on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel (Tony Award Nomination) and Little Shop of Horrors. Mr. Sills performed in City Center Encores! productions of Music in the Air and Carnival!. His television credits include: CSI; The Closer; Numb3rs; and Will & Grace.
Glory Crampton (Mrs. Darling)
returns in her tenth production at Paper Mill Playhouse where she's starred as the leading lady in My Fair Lady, Camelot, Carousel, Jane Eyre, and Gigi. Ms. Crampton's additional credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Carnival! and The Fantasticks.
Hayley Podschun (Wendy)
appeared in the Broadway productions of Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park with George, Hairspray, and The Sound of Music. Ms. Podschun's film and television credits include Hairspray and Psychic Detectives.
Jessica Lee Goldyn (Tiger Lily)
starred as ‘Val' in the Broadway production of A Chorus Line. Ms. Goldyn's theater credits include ‘Ivy' in On the Town at City Center Encores!, Crazy for You, and the National Tour of Fosse. She began her professional career in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of Gypsy.
John O'Creagh (Smee)
returns to Paper Mill Playhouse where he performed in the critically acclaimed production of 1776. Mr. O'Creagh was in Paper Mill productions of Pirates! and The Bakers Wife. His television credits include: HBO's John Adams; Law & Order: SVU; Kidnapped; Sex and the City; and Life on Mars.
Rounding out the Peter Pan cast are Randy Aaron; J. David Anderson; Adrian Arrieta; Jordan Barrow; Jack Broderick; Ryan Chotto; Dustin Clodfelter; Lauren Decierdo; Taurean Everett; Julian Farinas; Casey Garvin; Lewis Grosso; Justin Henry; Zachary Infante; Sarah Marie Jenkins; Josh Pins; Kathryn Raskin; Kyle Vaughn; Dane Wagner; Todd A. Walker; and Stephen Williams.

Peter Pan will be directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Artistic Director, Mark S. Hoebee, who directed this season's hit production of Smokey Joe's Café and last season's critically acclaimed production of The Full Monty, featuring Elaine Stritch. He has directed the Paper Mill productions of Disney High School Musical; Meet Me in St. Louis; Dreamgirls; The Will Rogers Follies; Victor/Victoria; The King and I; Miss Saigon; Grease; Harold and Maude: The Musical with Estelle Parsons; Hello, Dolly!, starring Tovah Feldshuh; and Romance/Romance. Mr. Hoebee directed the Actor's Fund Benefit Concert of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the August Wilson Theatre which starred Terrence Mann, Emily Skinner, and Jennifer Hudson and has directed national tours of Company; Victor/Victoria; and Dreamgirls. His Broadway performance credits include: Victor/Victoria, Beauty and the Beast, Nick & Nora, and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. He served as an Adjunct Professor in the Dance and Theatre Department at Northwestern University and currently sits on the Board of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Patti Colombo
returns as choreographer for Peter Pan at Paper Mill Playhouse where she recently choreographed this season's critically acclaimed production of On the Town, 2007's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and 2008's Kiss Me, Kate. Ms. Colombo received a Tony® Award nomination for her work on Broadway's production of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. She received Emmy® and American Choreographers Award nominations for her choreography of the A&E production of Peter Pan.
John Iacovelli will serve as the Scenic Designer. Original Costume Design by Sigeru Yaji. Costume Coordination and additional design by Thom Heyer. Lighting design is by F. Mitchell Dana. Sound design is by Randy Hansen. Rob Green and Jared Janas are the Hair and Wig Designers. Tom Helm will serve as Musical Supervisor. The Production Stage Manager is John M. Atherlay. Casting by Alison Franck.

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.

There will be several free audience enrichment activities connected with this production.   On June 2 at 6:00PM, Hoebee will discuss Peter Pan in the theatre's art gallery.  Coffee will be served.  On June 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 6:00PM, members of Paper Mill's Artistic and Education Departments will lead conversations about the show.  On June 26, there will be a post-show cast talk-back.

Photo: Nancy Anderson

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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