The Paper Mill Playhouse 2017–18 season will feature world premieres, East Coast debuts, and a musical theatre standard. Among the five titles in the new lineup for the Millburn, New Jersey, venue are Half Time (formerly Gotta Dance!), which was slated for a Broadway bow this spring, and the long-in-development The Honeymooners.
The lineup begins with the world premiere of The Honeymooners, inspired by the classic television series. Performances will run from September 28 through October 29. The musical, featuring a book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills, was slated to premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in 2015, but was canceled and instead placed on a fast track to a Broadway bow. An invite-only lab presentation took place last year; the cast featured Laura Bell Bundy, Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria, and Leslie Kritzer. John Rando and Joshua Bergasse will direct and choreograph, respectively.