Paper Mill Playhouse continues its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Charles Dickens musical Oliver!, with a holiday “twist” for the entire family. With a book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver! is directed by Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter.
Oliver! features David Garrison (Fagin), best known for his role as Steve Rhoades on the hit television series Married…with Children, Betsy Morgan (Nancy), John Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble), Jose Llana (Bill Sikes), David Hess (Mr. Brownlow),Ethan Haberfield (Artful Dodger) and introducing Tyler Moran as Oliver. Oliver! will also feature 16 local boys from across the state of New Jersey who auditioned from a pool of over 200. Oliver! will play the Millburn, New Jersey theater from November 21 through December 29.
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this beloved classic musical will enthrall audiences from the start with the miraculous tale of a young orphan’s quest to find home and family in Victorian London. Dickens’ larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including “Food, Glorious Food,” “Who Will Buy?,” “As Long As He Needs Me” and “Consider Yourself.” Oliver!, one of the most popular musicals in the world, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 1968 film version won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. Paper Mill Playhouse will present this extraordinary musical with a holiday ending certain to warm the hearts of your entire family.
Oliver! will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday (check PaperMill.org for special holiday schedules) plus a special Christmas Eve matinee on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Family-friendly performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00 pm, Thursday at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm, Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets range from $27 to $98. 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. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.
Oliver! features a cast of Broadway veterans and amazing young talent. David Garrison (Fagin), best known as Steve Rhoades on television’s Married…with Children, began his career as a member of the resident company at Tony Award-winning Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His Broadway credits include Serge B. Samovar in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, for which he received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama-Logue Award, J. Bruce Ismay in the Tony-winning Titanic, the Wizard of Oz in Wicked, and Sandor in the Faith Prince revival of Bells Are Ringing, as well as C. Edgar Sloan in Strike Up the Band (City Center Encores), Arnold Beckoff in Torch Song Trilogy, the Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance, and David in Christopher Durang’s A History of the American Film. Garrison’s other television credits include Norman on It’s Your Move and Stan on Working It Out, as well as guest appearances on Law and Order, The West Wing, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, Everybody Loves Raymond, Judging Amy, Murphy Brown, Murder She Wrote and Ed.
Betsy Morgan (Nancy) returns to Paper Mill following her critically acclaimed performance as Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables a role she also played on the national tour. Morgan’s Broadway credits include the original casts of A Little Night Music (revival), Disney’s The Little Mermaid and High Fidelity. Jose Llana (Bill Sikes) appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as the original Chip Tolentino (Drama Desk Award); Wang Ta in Flower Drum Song; Angel inRent; Jessie-Lee in Streetcorner Symphony; and Lun Tha in The King and I. Mr. Llana is also a recording artist with a best-selling solo album, VIVA. John Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble) returns to Paper Mill following his hilarious performance as Tito in Lend Me a Tenor. Egan appeared on Broadway in Sister Act, Bye Bye Birdie, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Producers and Jekyll and Hyde. On television Mr. Egan was featured on Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock and many more. Paper Mill alum David Hess (Mr. Brownlow) appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd and Annie Get Your Gun. At Paper Mill, Mr. Hess appeared in Ragtime and She Loves Me.
The title role of Oliver will be played by 11-year-old Tyler Moran. Moran starred as Oliver in Worchester Light Opera’s recent production of the show. He appeared in The Sound of Music (Kurt) at Woodland Theater Company and in productions at Hanover Theatre and Assumption College. Ethan Haberfield (Tenafly, NJ) will portray the Artful Dodger. Haberfield began his professional career as a member of the New York City Opera, performing in Don Giovanni at Lincoln Center. Soon after, Ethan was cast as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins on Broadway. After a one-year run, he was cast as Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird at the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre. Haberfield was featured in the film Sinister starring Ethan Hawke.
Kristen Smith Davis (Bet) was featured in the national tours of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, South Pacific and The Wizard of Oz. Michael Di Liberto (Mr. Sowerberry) appeared in the national tours of Annie, Cinderella and Strike Up the Band. Dierdre Friel (Mrs. Sowerberry) appeared on Broadway in Leap of Faith and on television in The Sopranos. Juliane Godfrey (Charlotte) has been featured in regional productions at Goodspeed, Woodstock and UCLA. Broadway regular Barbara Marineau (Mrs. Bedwin) appeared in six shows on the Great White Way including three original casts. Ms. Marineau played the role of Nancy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s 1976 production of Oliver! with John Carradine and Michael Kermoyan. Jeremy Morse (Noah) received a Drama Desk nomination for Joe Iconis’s Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova. Jessica Sheridan (Widow Corney) is back at Paper Mill, where she played Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie last season. Her Broadway credits include Sister Act, Follies, Mary Poppins and Les Misérables.
Rounding out the ensemble are: Adrian Arrieta (Summit, NJ), Kate Bailey, Casey Beidel (Rutherford, NJ), Monica Bradley, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Casey Erin Clark, Will Flamm (Montclair, NJ), Kyle Garvin, Matthew Hooper, Devin Johnson, Mary Claire King, Hunter Kovacs (Maplewood, NJ), Jimmy Larkin, George Merrick, Sarah M. O’Connor (Wayne, NJ), Patrick O’Neill, PJ Palmer, Jason Pintar, Jeff Sullivan, Bronwyn Tarboton, Joseph Torello and Joseph C. Townsend.
The Workhouse Boys were cast at an open call audition at Paper Mill Playhouse and competed against more than 200 children for these roles. The Workhouse Boys include: Bobby Axelrod (Montclair, NJ), Luke Berninger (Wayne, NJ), Jake Cedar (Haddonfield, NJ), James Freedson-Jackson (South Orange, NJ), Chance Friedman (Basking Ridge, NJ), Lucas Imhoff (Madison, NJ), Jeffrey Kishinevskiy (Tenafly, NJ), Colton Maurer (Mahwah, NJ), Tyler Pelton (East Brunswick, NJ), Jake Walsh (Wall, NJ), Arthur Wawrzyniak (Morristown, NJ) and twin brothers Lee Rosenthal and Ryan Rosenthal (Cranford, NJ).