The 2016 Tony Awards will announce its nominees tomorrow. But today, it was announced that this year’s Regional Theater Tony will go to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.
The awards show will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York, and will be broadcast live on CBS television. James Corden will host.
One non-Broadway theater receives this award each year. Two New Jersey theaters have previously won it: The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, in 1994; and the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, in 1999.
The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The organization’s presidents praised the Paper Mill Playhouse, in a joint statement, as “a foundational pre-Broadway venue for new productions and a welcoming home for world-class theatrical revivals.”
Paper Mill premieres that have moved to Broadway include “Newsies” and “Honeymoon in Vegas.” “Bandstand,” which premiered at the Paper Mill last year, will open on Broadway, too, but the date has not yet been set.
“This is an incredible honor that belongs to everyone at Paper Mill Playhouse who has worked so hard to redefine our beloved theater in these recent years,” said Paper Mill producing artistic director Mark S. Hoebee and managing director Todd Schmidt in a joint statement.
The theater’s most recent production was “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” which closed this weekend. “West Side Story” will open on June 1.
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