'Disney's Hercules' Announced For Paper Mill Playhouse 2022-2023 Season

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director; Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce its 2022-2023 season, including a gripping murder mystery, a Disney hero of mythic proportions, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved final musical, the Tony-nominated story of two Latin music icons, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that defined a generation. Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2022-2023 lineup features On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan (Oct 7 – Nov 6, 2022), The Sound of Music (Dec 2, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023), Disney’s Hercules (Feb 9 – Mar 12, 2023), Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (Apr 12 – May 7, 2023), and Rent (May 31 – Jun 25, 2023).

“Paper Mill Playhouse has so much to offer audiences next season, from true stories and classic musicals to mysteries and myths,” said Mark S. Hoebee. “We’ll kick things off with the irresistible rhythms of the Miami Sound Machine in On Your Feet!, then get swept up in the romance and nostalgia of The Sound of Music to ring in the holidays. In 2023 we’ll continue our longstanding relationship with Disney Theatrical Productions with the mythical musical adventure of Hercules, followed by the suspenseful Murder on the Orient Express. We’ll close out the season alongside the bohemian artists of Jonathan Larson’s celebrated musical sensation, Rent. I suspect audiences will find it hard not to sing along this season!”

Michael Stotts commented, “We’re proud to be able to give these beautiful and exciting shows the productions they deserve on our recently named Marilyn and Monroe Markovitz Stage, which will receive plenty of technological improvements prior to the 2022-2023 season. And there’s even more beyond the stage with Paper Mill’s audience enhancement programs, including cast Q&As, Paper Mill Prologues and The Director’s Viewpoint.”

“Investors Bank is proud to sponsor the Broadway-caliber shows produced by Paper Mill Playhouse during the 2022-2023 season,” said Domenick Cama, Citizens Market President, New York City and New Jersey. “We are greatly committed to the arts and the impact they have in enriching our communities and appreciate supporting the theater’s education programs that inspire thousands of students each year to explore their talent, develop their goals and pursue their dreams.” Investors Bank is now a division of Citizens Bank, N.A.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2022-2023 Season

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
An inspiring true story about achieving the American Dream
October 7 – November 6, 2022
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio and Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Music Directed by Andrew David Sotomayor
Directed & Choreographed by Alex Sanchez

This exhilarating production directed by Alex Sanchez (Giant and PMP’s West Side Story and Beauty and the Beast), with music direction by Andrew David Sotomayor (Tootsie and PMP’s Some Enchanted Evening), follows the lives of pop superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Both Cuban immigrants in Miami, Emilio and Gloria fall in love, struggle to overcome family obstacles, and work tirelessly to take their Latin sound to the American mainstream. Featuring such chart-topping hits as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” and “1-2-3,” On Your Feet! is an exuberant, joyful celebration that’s bursting with heart.

The Sound of Music
A triumphant story of family and love
December 2, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Choreographed by Kenny Ingram
Directed by Mark S. Hoebee

Celebrate the holidays with the heart-soaring melodies of The Sound of Music, including such beloved gems as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Directed by Paper Mill Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final musical conjures an Austria replete with rolling hills, singing nuns, and a tender love story, set in the shadow of World War II. Kenny Ingram (Paper Mill’s Songs for a New World and A Jolly Holiday) returns to choreograph.

Disney’s Hercules
A mythical musical adventure
February 9 – March 12, 2023
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Book by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Robert Horn
Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Music Directed by Alvin Hough, Jr.
Music Supervised by Michael Kosarin
Directed by Lear deBessonet

It’s a terrific twist of fates! The inspired Disney animated film is now a mythical new musical adventure. Hercules is the divinely funny story of an honest-to-Zeus hero on a quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. Is love a possibility too? Oh, Hades, yes! The roof-raising score by Alan Menken and David Zippel features all the hits you love from the film, including the Oscar-nominated song “Go the Distance,” as well as “Zero to Hero” and “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love),” along with new songs written for the stage. The show features a new book by Kwame Kwei-Armah (artistic director of London’s Young Vic) and Tony Award winner Robert Horn (Tootsie), and direction by Obie Award-winning Lear deBessonet. This cheeky, Greeky muse-ical earned a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick for its original Public Theater production in Central Park, with the New York Post cheering it as “wise-cracking, heartfelt and emotionally rich.” And that’s the gospel truth!

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Eight suspects, one thrilling ride
April 12 – May 7, 2023
Adapted for the Stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Casey Hushion

The Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Adapted from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece by two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You), Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is a funny, fast-paced thrill ride. Director Casey Hushion (Paper Mill’s Clue and A Jolly Holiday) takes the helm.

An iconic musical about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today
May 31 – June 25, 2023
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Zi Alikhan

Based loosely on Puccini's La Bohème, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City’s Lower East Side in the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop-cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Directed by Zi Alikhan (Hamilton, Resident Director).

Paper Mill Playhouse offers three-, four- and five-show subscription packages, available now starting at just $111. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits – see www.PaperMill.org for details. Accessibly priced youth subscriptions are available for children under 18 with the purchase of an adult subscription. Tickets to individual shows will be on sale beginning August 22, 2022. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, online at www.PaperMill.org or at the box office. Paper Mill Playhouse offers award-winning access programs and services, including audio-described performances, American Sign Language interpreted and open-captioned performances, braille and large-print programs, and assistive listening devices.

The health and safety of patrons, artists, and staff remain Paper Mill’s top priority. While Paper Mill Playhouse hopes that fewer COVID safety protocols will be necessary during the 2022-23 season, it will continue to follow to the advice from the CDC and from its medical advisors for enjoying live theater safely and responsibly. Please check https://papermill.org/reopening-guidelines/ for the most up-to-date information on COVID policies.

Programs, dates, and artists are subject to change.