Thursday, June 7, 2018

Now at Paper Mill Playhouse: “Half Time”

Half Time

HALF TIME
Book by BOB MARTIN AND CHAD BEGUELIN
Music by MATTHEW SKLAR
Lyrics by NELL BENJAMIN
Additional Music by MARVIN HAMLISCH
Finale by ESTER DEAN, MATTHEW SKLAR, AND NELL BENJAMIN
Co-Choreographed by NICK KENKEL
Directed & Choreographed by JERRY MITCHELL

Contains strong language and adult themes.

WHEN: LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: ONLY THROUGH JUL 1!
WHERE:
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr., Millburn
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From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten ordinary seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. Only after making the cut do they learn they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Together they remind us that in life, it’s not the end of the game—it’s Half Time.

ANDRÉ DE SHIELDSANDRÉ DE SHIELDS
Ron

has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his showstopping performances in the legendary Broadway productions of The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On!, The Full Monty, Mark Medoff’s Prymate, and Impressionism (with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons).


GEORGIA ENGELGEORGIA ENGEL
Dorothy/Dottie

is excited to be making her debut at Paper Mill Playhouse. She last appeared on Broadway creating the role of Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone. Her television credits include Hot in Cleveland, Everybody Loves Raymond (three Emmy nominations), Coach and, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (two Emmy nominations).


DONNA McKECHNIEDONNA McKECHNIE
Joanne

was last seen at Paper Mill as Sally in Follies. She won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her performance in A Chorus Line. Other Broadway shows include How to Succeed…; On the Town; Promises, Promises; Company; State Fair (Astaire Award); and The Visit, among others.


LILLIAS WHITE
Bea

Select Broadway credits include The Life (Tony Award), Fela! (Tony nomination), Chicago, Once on This Island, and Dreamgirls. Film/Television: The Get Down, Gotham, Person of Interest, Nasty Baby, Smash, Pieces of April, Gloria, Disney’s Hercules, Sesame Street (Emmy Award), Law & Order.



HAVEN BURTON
Tara
appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots (Lauren), Violet (standby for Sutton Foster), Shrek (Gingy, Fiona u/s), Legally Blonde (Margot, Elle u/s), and Rent (Maureen). Off Broadway, regional, and tours include Gotta Dance, Disaster!, Nobody Loves You, Shrek, and Rent.



LORI TAN CHINN
Mae

appeared on Broadway in Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen, G. R. Point, and M. Butterfly. Off Broadway: The Primary English Class, G. R. Point, The Ballad of Soapy Smith. Film: Mickey Blue Eyes, What About Bob?, Glengarry Glen Ross, She-Devil. Television: Orange Is the New Black, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Roseanne.


NKEKI OBI-MELEKWE
Kendra

is fresh out of the University of Michigan, where she starred in One Hit Wonder (Fiona), The Drowsy Chaperone (Chaperone), and American Idiot. Other credits include All Shook Up (The Muny) and Mamma Mia!, Aida, Shrek, and South Pacific (Pittsburgh CLO).



NANCY TICOTIN
Camilla

Film: Ransom, The Wiz, Hackers, The History of Future Folk. TV: Taken, Law & Order, SVU, Orange Is the New Black. Broadway: The King and I, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Damn Yankees, In the Heights. First National Tour: On Your Feet (Gloria Fajardo).

ROUNDING OUT THE CAST ARE:

ALEXANDER AGUILAR, KEN ARD, SYDNI BEAUDOIN, TAMI DAHBURA, PAULA DELUISE, MADELEINE DOHERTY, TRACY JAI EDWARDS, GABRIELA GARCIA, TALYA GROVES, VALTON JACKSON, KATHRYN KENDALL, MARY CLAIRE KING, LENORA NEMETZ, SUMMERISA BELL STEVENS, GARRETT TURNER, GAYLE TURNER, and KAY WALBYE.

JERRY MITCHELL
Director & Choreographer

received Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Choreography twice, for the revival of La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots, for which he was also nominated as director. Most recently on Broadway, Jerry directed the Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet!. He has been involved with over 50 Broadway, West End, and touring productions, including as choreographer of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Full Monty (Tony nomination); The Rocky Horror Show; Hairspray (Tony nomination, also NBC’s live telecast); Gypsy; Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination); Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), which he also directed; and Catch Me If You Can.