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My View: The Honeymooners at Paper Mill Playhouse

My View: The Honeymooners at Paper Mill Playhouse

Once again I was sitting in a great theatre and enjoying a lavish musical production with 1,200 other folks. Smiles, laughs,spontaneous cheers and applause throughout the 2 1/2 hours.  The cast was amazing, the story was engaging, the music tuneful and the choreography exciting.  One problem…………….the next morning the “theatre experts” told me that is not how we all should have felt……The Honeymooners at Paper Mill Playhouse is a delight!  It’s a musical for everyone and if you were a fan of the original on TV you will be in heaven with this musical upgrade.  The genius of the original Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph is superbly reproduced by Michael McGrath (Ralph Kramden) Leslie Kritzer, (Alice) Michael Mastro, (Ed Norton) and Laura Bell Bundy (Trixie Norton).  The price of a ticket will do more for your heart with laughter and warmth than a session with a personal trainer at the gym.  Run (also good for your heart) don’t walk to the Paper Mill.

The Honeymooners   A New Musical Comedy

Book by Dusty Kay & Bill Nuss….Music by Stephen Weiner….Lyrics by Peter Mills

Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and Directed by John Rando

Leslie Kritzer & Michael McGrath

Laura Bell Bundy & Michael Mastro

Leslie Kritzer & Michael McGrath

Laura Bell Mills & Leslie Kritzer

Eda Sorokoff & Joyce Randolph (the original Trixie)

Mark S. Hoebee, Prod Artistic Dir.,  Paper Mill Playhouse

Mark Sendroff, Eda Sorokoff, Jason Baruch

Paper Mill Playhouse



Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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