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The Great Gatsby, Fiddler, and More Join 2023-24 Paper Mill Playhouse Season

Paper Mill Playhouse announces the productions slated for next season.

Spouses Nathan Tysen and Kait Kerrigan collaborate on the musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby
(© David Gordon)

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced its 2023-24 season lineup, opening with the world-premiere musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby (October 12-November 12). Based on the classic American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the musical features a book by Kait Kerrigan, music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen. Marc Bruni will direct, with music direction by Daniel Edmonds and choreography by Dominique Kelley.

Following The Great Gatsby will be a production of Fiddler on the Roof (December 6-January 7, 2024), the iconic Broadway musical based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem. The show includes a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Directed by Mark S. Hoebee, the production will feature Jerome Robbins’s original choreography.

Next will be After Midnight (January 31-February 25, 2024), a musical revue conceived by Jack Viertel featuring selected text by Langston Hughes and music by Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, and Harold Arlen, among others. The show debuted on Broadway in 2013 and transports audiences to the Cotton Club of the Harlem Renaissance.

Gun & Powder (April 4-May 5, 2024), a new musical by Angelica Chéri (book and lyrics) and Ross Baum (music) will be next on the Paper Mill stage. Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb, the show is inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke, African American twin sisters who take extraordinary measures to settle their mother’s sharecropper debt and save her home. The musical is presented in association with P3 Productions.

Closing out the season will be Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (June 5-30, 2024), the Tony-nominated biomusical that follows the early life and career of Carole King on her journey from teenage songwriter to chart-topping solo artist. The show features a book by Douglas McGrath, and words and music by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. Casey Hushion will direct.