Paper Mill Playhouse announces 75th season, Rob McClure will star in ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’

Rob McClure shows off his Charlie Chaplin bowler hat

Rob McClure shows off his Charlie Chaplin bowler hat

Paper Mill Playhouse has recently announced the list of shows that will play during their 75th season

The 2013-2014 opener will be a new musical, Honeymoon in Vegas. The show is based off of the hit film of the same name, in which two men play a game of poker with an all important jackpot—the love of a woman. The book was written by Andrew Bergman, who also wrote the script for the 1992 film. The music and lyrics were written by Jason Robert Brown, the composer/lyricist for the off-Broadway hit The Last Five Years.

Honeymoon in Vegas will star small-screen actor Tony Danza in the role of Tommy Korman, a widower in search of love. Broadway vet Rob McClure will play Jack Singer, a man who travels to Las Vegas to marry long-time girlfriend, Betsy. No further casting for the show has been announced.

McClure recently starred in Broadway’s Chaplin as title character Charlie Chaplin. He has also been a member of the Broadway and national tour casts of the hit musical Avenue Q. McClure, who has mostly bypassed professional training, is a past winner of Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star award, which he has called the “high school equivalent of a Tony Award.” Prior to his Broadway debut in I’m Not Rappaport, McClure starred in the show’s out-of-town tryout at Paper Mill. By returning to Paper Mill in Honeymoon in Vegas, McClure is bringing the theatre’s mission full circle—to train emerging artists and develop new musicals.

Paper Mill’s line-up for the 2013-2014 season features classic musicals like South Pacific, Grease, and Oliver!. Another new musical, The Other Josh Cohen, will have its regional premiere at Paper Mill in February. Teddy Bergman and Steve Rosen, both of whom starred in the off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher, wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Other Josh Cohen.

Paper Mill Playhouse is a regional theater located in Millburn, New Jersey. The theater’s location, only 25 miles from Manhattan, and large seating capacity make it an ideal host for out-of-town tryouts preparing for Broadway. This season’s hit Newsies played its out-of-town tryout at Paper Mill in fall 2011. It is rumored that Honeymoon in Vegas is bound for Broadway after it concludes its Paper Mill run on October 17.

Many Broadway stars, including Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera, have appeared in past Paper Mill Playhouse productions. Anne Hathaway, who recently won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Les Miserables, is an alumnus of Paper Mill’s annual Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory program.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2013-2014 season will open on September 26 with Honeymoon in Vegas and conclude on June 29 with Grease. Season ticket subscriptions will available to purchase on April 22. More information on this season’s shows can be found on Paper Mill’s website, papermillplayhouse.org.

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The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey

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