Review: Pitch-Perfect Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Paper Mill Playhouse

(Above: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; Belinda Allyn as Belle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade) Millburn, New Jersey---Disney's adored, unforgettable tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast, opened on Sunday night at Paper Mill Playhouse in a triple-threat of enchantment, charm, and polish. If you missed my photo recap from the evening, …

Let Love In: Benny & Joon’s (& Sam’s) Big-Hearted East Coast Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse

(Above: Benny & Joon at Paper Mill Playhouse; Bryce Pinkham as Sam; photo by Jerry Dalia.) Millburn, New Jersey -- Knock, knock! Who's there? Sam! Sam who? Sam person who knocked on the door last time! Listen up: if Sam comes knocking, let him in! (Above: Benny & Joon: Hannah Elless as Joon and Bryce …

The Power of Love! Photo Recap of the Benny & Joon East Coast Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse

In anticipation of my critical review, and of my video interviews with the generous cast and crew, enjoy my photo recap from the opening night performance of Benny & Joon in its East Coast premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey! The big-hearted musical, based on the 1993 MGM romantic comedy film, is …

“My Very Own British Invasion” World Premiere Photo Reportage

On Sunday night, I caught the world premiere opening night of "My Very Own British Invasion" at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. The Tony Award-winning regional theater rolled-out the red carpet for the evening's star, Peter Noone, the singer/songwriter of Herman's Hermits whose memories of the famous 1960s British Invasion inspired the musical fable. …

Vital Voices Revitalize 60s British Rock: “My Very Own British Invasion” World Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse

(Jonny Amies [Peter] and the company of My Very Own British Invasion; photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.) Millburn, NJ -- If you go see "My Very Own British Invasion" without even knowing what it's about, here's the thing: the core message literally broadcasts itself on the theater’s sound system as you take your seats …

The Magic of the Holidays: The Radio City Rockettes 2018 Christmas Spectacular Review

New York City's performing arts has its old guard and its new, but there's one show that mixes it into a beautiful mélange: the Radio City Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Since 1933, the annual holiday show has thrilled global tourists and New York locals alike -- young and old, newbies and …

Video Reportage and Interviews: Holiday Inn at Paper Mill Playhouse

https://youtu.be/zRBBYbKdK60 At this exact time last week, I was at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn , New Jersey, enjoying the delightful opening night performance of Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn." Afterwards, I chatted with the talented, exuberant principal cast at Par 440 in Short Hills in the video above! If you missed my critical review (loved …

Paper Mill Playhouse’s “Holiday Inn”: Opening Night Photo Reportage!

On Sunday, I took-in the opening night of Paper Mill Playhouse's "Holiday Inn," the second consecutive production of the Tony Award-wining theater’s 80th anniversary season under producing artistic director, Mark S. Hoebee. If you haven't read my critical review, read it here! In a nutshell: a genial, high-spirited cast polished the show to brilliance! After …

May Your Days be Merry and Bright: Paper Mill Playhouse’s Spirited “Holiday Inn”

While the Thanksgiving weekend kicked-off the holiday season of bright lights and joy across America, Paper Mill Playhouse charted its own seasonal stars with a high-spirited, megawatt premiere of Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn." As the second consecutive production of the Tony Award-wining theater's 80th anniversary season under producing artistic director, Mark S. Hoebee, it was …

Movie Night at The NY Philharmonic! Art of the Score: There Will Be Blood

Under last night night's rain at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, I took-in a sold-out screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 award-winning drama, "There Will Be Blood," set against a live performance of Jonny Greenwood's evocative, original score played by the NYPhil. The film’s protagonist is the award-winning British actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, as the self-made …