Paper Mill announces 2023-24 season: ‘Fiddler,’ ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Beautiful’ and more

by JAY LUSTIG
paper mill 2023-24 season

The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn has announced its 2023-24 season.

“Fiddler on the Roof,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and the world premiere of a “Great Gatsby” musical will be part of the 85th season of the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, which begins in October and ends in June 2024.

Other offerings will include “After Midnight,” a Cotton Club-set revue featuring songs such as “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “Stormy Weather,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”; and “Gun & Powder,” a new musical described in a press release as “inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke, African American twin sisters who take extraordinary measures to settle their mother’s sharecropper debt and save her home. In 1893 Texas, the Sisters Clarke — passing as white — embark on a remarkable Wild West adventure that examines race, family, and identity with two electrifying women who transformed from farm girls to outlaws to legends.”

Season subscriptions are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale Aug. 14. Visit papermill.org.

Here is the schedule:

Oct. 12-Nov. 12: “The Great Gatsby.” Book by Kait Kerrigan (based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald), music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen. Directed by Marc Bruni.
Dec. 6-Jan. 7: “Fiddler on the Roof.” Book by Joseph Stein (based on Sholem Aleichem stories), music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, original choreography by Jerome Robbins. Directed by Mark S. Hoebee.
Jan. 31-Feb. 25: “After Midnight.” Conceived by Jack Viertel, selected text by Langston Hughes, music by Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Harold Arlen and others. Director TBA.
April 4-May 5, 2024: “Gun & Powder.” Book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri, music by Ross Baum. Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb.
June 5-30, 2024: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Book by Douglas McGrath, words and music by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. Directed by Casey Hushion.

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