Paper Mill Playhouse announces 2022-23 season: ‘Hercules,’ ‘Rent,’ ‘On Your Feet!’ and more

paper mill 2022-23 season

The Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2022-23 season will include “Hercules,” “Rent” and other shows.

Four musicals and a murder mystery are on the schedule for the 2022-23 season at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. And among the musicals is “Disney’s Hercules,” which ran at the Delacorte Theater in New York in 2018 and features music by Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”).

Also planned are productions of “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan,” which ran on Broadway from 2015 to 2017; Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express,” which premiered at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton in 2017; “The Sound of Music,” which will run during this year’s holiday season; and “Rent,” which celebrated, last year, the 25th anniversary of the start of its long Off-Broadway/Broadway run.

Here is the schedule:

“On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan,” Oct. 7-Nov. 6
Featuring music by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Music directed by Andrew David Sotomayor
Directed and choreographed by Alex Sanchez

“The Sound of Music,” Dec. 2-Jan. 1
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by Maria Augusta von Trapp’s memoir, “The Story of The Trapp Family Singers”
Choreographed by Kenny Ingram
Directed by Mark S. Hoebee

“Disney’s Hercules,” Feb. 9-March 12
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Book by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Robert Horn
Based on the film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw and Irene Mecchi, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Music directed by Alvin Hough, Jr.
Music supervised by Michael Kosarin
Directed by Lear deBessonet

“Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express,” April 12-May 7, 2023
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Based on the Agatha Christie novel, “Murder on the Orient Express”
Directed by Casey Hushion

“Rent,” May 31-June 25, 2023
Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera, La Bohème
Directed by Zi Alikhan

Subscription packages are now available, with tickets to individual shows going on sale Aug. 22. For more information, visit

The Paper Mill Playhouse is currently presenting “The Wanderer,” based on the songs and life of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion. Click here to read the review.

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Karen April 12, 2022 - 7:47 pm

When will you lift the mandatory vaccine mandate to attend a show? This is discrimination at its finest and needs to be stopped. Many venues across NJ have ended this discrimination and so should the Papermill Playhouse.

Reply April 12, 2022 - 7:51 pm

This isn’t the right place to ask this question. I suggest emailing or But as someone who attends shows at Paper Mill, I can tell you that I, for one, am glad they create a safe environment by checking vaccine cards. – Jay Lustig


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