Two weeks ago, I attended the much-anticipated world premiere of “My Very Own British Invasion” at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. The musical fable is the third consecutive production in the Tony Award-winning regional theater’s 80th anniversary season, under the helm of producing artistic director, Mark S. Hoebee.
The opening night curtain rose on a vibrant musical inspired by the life of Peter Noone, the lead singer/songwriter of Herman’s Hermits, one of the top bands of the mid-60s British Invasion when England’s coolest musicians swept America with their unique sound and style. The show’s produced in association with Hal Luftig, Craig Haffner and Rodney Rigby. It’s directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with the music direction by Lon Hoyt.
After the show, I had the pleasure of chatting with the talented, exuberant principal cast at Par 440 in Short Hills among Jonny Amies as Peter, Bryan Fenkart as John, Erika Olson as Pamela, Kyle Taylor Parker as Geno, Conor Ryan as Trip, John Sanders as Fallon, and Daniel Stewart Sherman as The Hammer.
The ensemble includes Travis Artz, Gemma Baird, John Campione, Emma Degerstedt, Trista Dollison, Jay Donnell, Graham Scott Fleming, Douglas Goodhart, Cory Jeacoma, Sage Melcher, Jen Perry, Daniel Yearwood.
Credits and Thanks:
Production Video used in B-Roll: Paper Mill Playhouse. Millburn, New Jersey.
Filming and Editing: Brian Smith