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Del Rossi to be honored at Paper Mill service

The late Angelo Del Rossi — “the face of Paper Mill,” in the words of Paper Mill Playhouse producing artistic director Mark S. Hoebee — will be remembered in an Oct. 20 memorial service at the Millburn theater. His widower, Per Rasmussen, will host the 1 p.m. service, which will feature tributes and performances by Lee Roy Reams, Judy McLane, Leslie Kritzer, Glory Crampton, Richard White, Susan Powell, Janna Robbins, former Gov.  Tom Kean and others. Del Rossi, who died on Aug. 30 at the age of 80, started working at the Paper Mill in 1963, became its executive director in 1975, worked to rebuild the playhouse after it was destroyed by a fire in 1980, and retired as its executive director in 2003. Continue Reading →

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‘Can-Can’ returns, with changes, at Paper Mill Playhouse

The rapturous “I Love Paris” is the the most famous song in the musical, “Can-Can.” But the lavish production of “Can-Can” that is currently at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, with a revised book along with the classic Cole Porter score, is easier to like than to love. For all the musical’s energetic dance numbers, it is, essentially, a love story, and the love story does not draw you in. Kate Baldwin’s La Mome Pistache is the owner of a red-light district dance hall in 1890s Paris who is so coldly calculating she gives in to a scoundrel’s romantic advances just to benefit her business, and Jason Danieley’s Aristide Forestier is the moralistic judge seeking to arrest all those involved in the dance hall, for lewdness; they’re a couple you don’t really root all that hard for. Forestier has a moment, toward the end of the first act, when his humanity emerges, and it feels liberating. Continue Reading →

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