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New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse Has Broadway in Its Season’s Sights

Musicals 'Ever After,' 'Can-Can' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' claim spots on the New Jersey regional's 2014-15 slate

The Broadway-aimed revival of “Can-Can” and the world premiere of the musical version of 1998 Cinderella redux “Ever After” are among the titles on the 2014-15 slate at the Paper Mill Playhouse, the Milburn, N.J., nonprofit that recently yielded current Broadway outing “Newsies” and the well-reviewed bow of “Honeymoon in Vegas,” now vying for a Rialto berth.

The stage tuner adaptation of Disney animated pic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” also has claimed a slot in the Paper Mill season in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, which will debut the new version of “Hunchback” in the fall.

Producer Jonathan Burrows has been shepherding a new revival of “Can-Can,” the 1953 Cole Porter-Abe Burrows musical, toward Broadway for a couple of years now. Paper Mill will produce the updated incarnation, with a book by Joel Fields and David Lee, in association with Burrows, with an eye toward bringing the show to Gotham after its New Jersey run (Oct. 1-26). Lee will direct the show, while Patti Colombo is on board to choreograph.

Ever After” (May 21, 2015-June 21, 2015), meanwhile, has producer Kevin McCollum (“Motown”) attached as well as Broadway regular Kathleen Marshall (“Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “The Pajama Game”), who will direct and choreograph. The new tuner, based on the 20th Century Fox film, offers a girl-power take on the Cinderella fairy tale, with book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich.

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“Hunchback” is produced at the Paper Mill by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Prods., which worked with the nonprofit on “Newsies.” Plans for the future life of “Hunchback,” with tunes by Alan Menken (“Newsies,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin”), have yet to be set after the run at Paper Mill (March 4, 2015-April 5, 2015), which follows the fall debut at La Jolla.

Also on the Paper Mill’s 2014-15 lineup are “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the Christopher Durang play that won the Tony last spring, and a staging of another Broadway alum, “Elf.”

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