Friday, December 13, 2019

Meet the “Unmasked” Cast, Paper Mill Playhouse’s Next Production


Directed & Choreographed by JOANN M. HUNTER

WHEN: LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: JAN 30–MAR 1! Best Availability: Feb 27 at 7:30PM, Feb 28 at 8:00PM, Feb 29 at 8:00PM, and Mar 1 at 1:30PM.
: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn

One of the most successful musical theater composers of all time takes audiences behind the scenes in Unmasked, a new musical revue featuring stories and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remarkable life and celebrated work. Based on his recently released autobiography, this funny and warm musical portrait offers an intimate look at Lloyd Webber’s five decades in the spotlight and beyond, from his quirky family and bohemian youth in London to the creation of such smash hits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. You’ll hear new and sometimes unexpected interpretations of his best-loved songs, rediscovered gems, and some new material specially written for this production.

Meet the cast who will sing the songs and tell the stories of Andrew Lloyd Webber's remarkable life and celebrated work.

NICHOLAS EDWARDSNICHOLAS EDWARDS is thrilled to be making his debut at Paper Mill Playhouse! Broadway: Frozen (u/s Kristoff/Pabbie). Off Broadway: Spamilton. National Tours: Les Misérables (u/s Enjolras), Sister Act (Pablo). DC Area: Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus, Signature Theatre).

ALEX FINKE ALEX FINKE was most recently seen as Janice & Others in the Broadway musical Come From Away. Broadway: Les Misérables (Cosette). Off Broadway: Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre (Johanna). First National Tour: Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt). Regional: Denver Center, PCLO, Music Theatre Wichita.

ALYSSA GIANNETTIALYSSA GIANNETTI is thrilled to be performing at Paper Mill Playhouse for the first time! She made her professional debut as the Christine Daaé understudy with the first national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.

KARA HALLERKARA HALLER makes her Paper Mill debut! Broadway: School of Rock. National Tours: School of Rock, Beauty and the Beast. Select regional: Harmony (Ahmanson Theatre), Anything Goes (Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Musical Theatre West).

JEREMY LANDON HAYSJEREMY LANDON HAYS originated the role of Enjolras in Les Misérables at Paper Mill and on tour. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), Les Misérables. National Tour: Cats (Rum Tum Tugger). Television: The Oath, Bull, FBI, The Blacklist, Broad City.

AMY JUSTMANAMY JUSTMAN makes her Paper Mill debut! Broadway: Carousel, In Transit, The Phantom of the Opera, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, White Christmas. Opera and concert credits include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, and Syracuse Opera. TV: Fosse/Verdon.

ANDREW KOBERANDREW KOBER is starring as Jean-Michel in Paper Mill's Cinderella. Broadway: Beautiful, School of Rock, Sunday in the Park with George, She Loves Me, Les Misérables, Hair. National Tour: Spelling Bee. Numerous Off Broadway and regional credits. TV: Fosse/Verdon, Ray Donovan, House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, and more.

ANGEL LOZADAANGEL LOZADA is making his Paper Mill Playhouse debut in Unmasked! Favorite credits include Jesus Christ Superstar both live on NBC and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Che in Evita at Riverside Theatre and ACT of Connecticut, and Bernardo in West Side Story at Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

MAURICIO MARTINEZ MAURICIO MARTINEZ played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! on Broadway and on tour. TV: El Vato (International Emmy Award), Señora Acero 2 (Telemundo), and numerous telenovelas for Univision. On the Mexico City stage, he starred in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, The Drowsy Chaperone, A View from the Bridge, and others.

BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY makes his Paper Mill Playhouse debut with Unmasked. He became best known to American audiences for premiering the role of the Phantom in the first North American production of Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns. Broadway/NYC: The Phantom of the Opera, Evita (Encores). National Tours: Cats, Love Never Dies.

MAMIE PARRISMAMIE PARRIS makes her Paper Mill debut. She garnered acclaim as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats and originated the role of Patty in School of Rock. Additional Broadway and tour credits include Wicked (Elphaba), 9 to 5 (Judy), On the Twentieth Century, Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde, and 110 in the Shade.

DAVE SCHOONOVERDAVE SCHOONOVER is currently appearing in Cinderella at Paper Mill. National Tours: Love Never Dies, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Cats. Off Broadway and Regional: The Fantasticks, Annie, Sweeney Todd, Parade, The Music Man, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Toxic Avenger, Little Shop of Horrors, and others.

REMA WEBBREMA WEBB recently appeared in Footloose (Kennedy Center), Hercules (Public Theater/Disney Theatrical), and Little Shop of Horrors (Cape Playhouse). Broadway credits: Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple, Violet, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime. Rema is the founder and executive director of the On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Composer) has composed some of the world’s best-known musicals, including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, ThePhantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and School of Rock. His awards, both as composer and producer, include seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, an Emmy, the Praemium Imperiale, the Kennedy Center Honor, and a Grammy. He is passionate about the importance of music in education, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

JOANN M. HUNTER (Director & Choreographer) just choreographed Paper Mill’s current production of Cinderella; her previous credits here include Annie, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Grease, Oliver!, and Curtains. Choreography on Broadway: School of Rock (also national tour and West End), Disaster, On a Clear Day…, Broadway Bound; Regional: Ever After (Alliance), world premiere of Beatsville (Asolo), Harmony by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman (Ahmanson), world premiere of The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, and many more.