The Paper Mill Playhouse is preparing to open its final show of the 2014 – 2015 this week. A new musical titled “Ever After” will receive a world premiere at the Millburn theater. The show is being directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall. It features a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich.
The story of the show is based on the 1998 film of the same name starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. “Ever After” is said to set “the record straight on the fable of Cinderella. Her name was Danielle and it was always about her wit, her smarts, her strength and her good friend Leonardo da Vinci. She makes her own dreams come true.” It is said to be a “Warm and romantic, funny and smart” musical.
The press was recently welcomed into a special showcase sampling of songs from the new show and photos taken at the New 42nd Street Studios can be seen on Let’s Go to the Theater’s Facebook page. The music is easy to listen to and it tells the story in a beautiful fashion. The show is fine for all ages.
“Ever After” will star two-time Tony Award®-winner Christine Ebersole as Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, Tony Award® nominee Tony Sheldon as Leonardo da Vinci, Emmy Award® winner Charles Shaugnessy as King Francis, James Synder as Prince Henry and Drama Desk Award nominee Margo Seibert as Danielle de Barbarac.
“Ever After” will also feature Tony Award®-nominee Charl Brown, Mara Davi, Annie Funke, Julie Halston, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger. The ensemble includes Jill Abramovitz, Ashley Blanchet, Nick Corley, Stephanie Elise Gandolfo, Gregg Goodbrod, John Hillner, Sean Martin Hingston, Gwen Hollander, Fred Inkley, Will Mann, Liz McCartney, Alison Morooney, Kevin Munhall, Kevin Michael Raponey, Rachael Scarr, Justin Schuman, Jonathan Shew and Aléna Watters.
The design team features Derek McLane (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Nevin Steinberg (sound design), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (music supervision), David Gardos (music direction), Leah Loukas (hair and wig design), Rick Sordelet (fight direction).
“Ever After” begins performances Thursday, May 21, 2015, and runs through Sunday, June 21, 2015. It will be performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. College students can order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance.