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“The best , see Broadway shows BEFORE they go to Broadway.”

Paper Mill Playhouse
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Millburn
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Going there for over 30 years. Have same orchestra seats forever! Same seat mates for years.
Always a great show, even when Chaz Palmitieri sits down next to you. That shows you the " little theater that could" atmosphere.

Thank Sharon182
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Casts and production values are topnotch. I've seen The Bodyguard, The Producers, and Mary Poppins here and I was floored by how good the shows were. Hit shows get good crowds so book early. Parking is easy, and the theater is close to the train station.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

What a treasure! Broadway talent productions at far less money. All seats are good. Have had 3 of their recent plays go to Broadway ( Newsies, Bandstand, A Bronx Tale) so see them early!

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

I've been to this theater several times, The presentations are always well done, professionally acted, although not as good as in NYC. For New Jersey, the shows are a bit pricey, equal to New York show prices. This night I saw the "Honeymooners." For anyone who remembers the 50's TV show, it's a must-see.

Thank Steven L
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

There is always a danger when trying to recreate an iconic television show from the 50's in the same manner, but with music, as done back then. What we have is 4 actors imitating Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph repeating dialogue and gestures that made the original players so funny and so special. I will add, that they do it quite well, especially Leslie Kritzer who could be a reincarnated Audrey Meadows.I grew up with the half hour series on CBS and continue to revel in the re-runs. Sitting in he lovely Paper Mill Playhouse I found myself mouthing remembered dialogue and hoping for something new. That came in the presence of Ltingewis J. Stadlen as Old Man Faciamatta who proved to be funny, endearing and a welcome break from the routine. It's not until the second act closing with the Faoiamatta Commercial that the show reaches a peak of hilarity not reminiscent of anything in then original. It's at this moment that the collaborators reach the peak of their talents. The ending, which I will not reveal brought the show to a human level and an unexpected but quite creative ending.. The music and lyrics are serviceable with a stand-out number for Alice in Act II called "A Woman's Work" . Choreography is quite energetic and the direction was fine. i personally found the characterizations of the ad agency director and composer to be overdone and grating. They each need a lot of "toning down". For audience members who know nothing of the 50's tv series, this show may be a fun evening, but for an afficianado of the original series, it was a reason to watch the original HONEYMOONERS once more and again.
I regret that Paper Mill Playhouse now sees itself as the new New Haven of try-out cities. I am not against new productions, but I sorely miss the days when Paper Mill would produce the old chestnuts that were rarely revived, such as" FANNY", "THE STUDENT PRINCE", "BRIGADOON" and "PANAMA HATTIE". How exciting it was to go to theatre to finally see a first-rate production of a show written before I was born or never got to see growing up. I'm sorry, but "ANNIE"is not good enough.

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