Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn NJ
Day 70: Paper Mill Playhouse NJ - Mar 11. One of the most well know repertory theatres in the New York, New Jersey metropolitan area, the theatre gets it name from the Thistle Paper Mill which was the original building on this site, opening in 1795. The papermill functioned for over 20 years until a fire destroyed the business. It was rebuilt and changed hands serveral times, contiuing to be functional until 1928. In 1934, the old mill was purchased and renovated, with the intent of creating a permanent repertory theatre. The Paper Mill Playhouse presented its first performance in 1938 and with the exception of a 2 year down time due to a fire and reconstruction, it has continued to offer musicals, comedies, drama, performances by N.J. Ballet and other events. Over the years, endless numbers of well-know screen and stage performers have appeared in productions here. The Paper Mill sponsors a well regarded training program with such graduates as Anne Hathaway, Bob McClure and Laura Benanti. Each summer a talented group of young aspiring performers attend the Paper Mill Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory program which culiminates in a Conservatory New Voices concert. It was designated as the "State Theatre of New Jersey" in 1971.