The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ will be the recipient of the 2016 Regional Theater Tony Award, the Tony Awards Administration Committee announced this morning.
The Regional Theatre Tony Award will be presented at the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12 (to be broadcast on CBS, 8-11 p.m.). The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Tony nominations will be announced live tomorrow (May 3) from The Paramount Hotel in New York City.
Recently, the Paper Mill garnered much attention for its production of the Robert DeNiro-co-directed “A Bronx Tale: A Musical.”
“Throughout its rich history, Paper Mill Playhouse has established itself as a foundational pre-Broadway venue for new productions and a welcoming home for world-class theatrical revivals. We are ecstatic to recognize their dynamic role in the tri-state area theatre community and unwavering commitment to fostering future Broadway audiences,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, in a statement.
“This is an incredible honor that belongs to everyone at Paper Mill Playhouse who has worked so hard to redefine our beloved theater in these recent years,” stated Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director, and Todd Schmidt, Managing Director. “For 78 seasons, Paper Mill Playhouse has been producing world-class theater that has been recognized throughout the country. We are thrilled to be acknowledged in this way by the Tony Awards Administration Committee and to bring this honor back to the people of New Jersey.”
Paper Mill Playhouse productions have launched national tours and gone on to Broadway—including Honeymoon in Vegas, Les Misérables, Disney’s Newsies, and The Bandstand (upcoming)—as well as television broadcasts on Showtime and PBS and original cast recordings. Most recently Paper Mill Playhouse produced the world premiere musical A Bronx Tale under the direction of Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks with an original score by Alan Menken. This November, Paper Mill Playhouse will launch the national tour of the UK hit musical The Bodyguard in its US premiere starring Deborah Cox.
The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on the CBS Television Network onSunday, June 12, 2016 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. You can stream the Tony Awards live across platforms with the CBS All Access subscription service. (Live stream is available in select markets. Visit CBS.com/allaccess for details.)