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Paper Mill to Honor Chita Rivera at Annual Fundraiser Gala May 12

The following is from the Paper Mill Playhouse

West Side Story at the Paper Mill Playhouse (courtesy Paper Mill Playhouse)

Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse will host its largest fundraising event of the year, the Paper Mill Playhouse Gala on Friday, May 12, at the renowned Hilton Short Hills. The reception and silent auction begin at 6:00pm, followed by dinner and dancing featuring The Eddie Bruce Band.  The Paper Mill Playhouse Gala will feature performances from Shanice Williams (NBC’s The Wiz Live!), Megan Sikora, Karen Mason and Kat Nejat. In addition, students from Paper Mill’s education programs will be featured along with Paper Mill’s award-winning Broadway Show Choir. 

For more information on the Paper Mill Playhouse Gala or to purchase individual tickets, tables or raffle tickets, please contact Leigh Schaedel at 973-315-1663, [email protected] or visit Paper Mill Playhouse’s website.  

“Nearly 400 of our theater’s community of influential business executives, civic leaders, discerning consumers and tastemakers will gather together for an evening that reflects the heart, artistry and vitality of Paper Mill Playhouse,” stated Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director. “This year we are excited to honor the legendary Chita Rivera by bringing together incredible performances for an evening filled with fun, laughter and world-class entertainment.

Chita Rivera will be presented with the Frank Carrington Award for Excellence in the Arts.  A true Broadway legend, Chita Rivera is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the fiery Anita in the original production of West Side Story. The two-time Tony winner (and nine-time nominee) also originated a host of iconic theater roles, including Rose in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma Kelly in Chicago and Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman. At Paper Mill Playhouse Ms. Rivera starred as Reno Sweeney in the theater’s critically acclaimed revival of Anything Goes.

“For nearly 80 years, Paper Mill Playhouse has been one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit theaters,” remarked James V. Fakult, Chairman of the Paper Mill Playhouse Board of Trustees and Gala co-chair. “Paper Mill continues to bring world-class artists and outstanding musicals and plays to the community while enriching the lives of nearly 40,000 young people each year through award-winning education outreach, artist training and access programs.”

The gala is proudly sponsored by Overlook Medical Center, Investors Bank, Jersey Central Power & Light, Dior, Hilton Short Hills and Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design. 

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