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Tv, screen and stage icon, Tony Danza to be honored at Paper Mill Gala May 2nd

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Paper Mill Playhouse is hosting its largest fundraising event of the year, Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala on Friday, May 2nd, at the renowned Hilton Short Hills.

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For more information on Paper Mill Playhouse’s 76th Season Gala or to purchase individual tickets, tables or raffle tickets, please contact Leigh Schaedel at 973-315-1663, lschadel@papermill.org or visit Paper Mill Playhouse’s website, www.papermill.org.

“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 black tie evening includes dinner, dancing, an unforgettable auction, and unparalleled Broadway entertainment. We hope you can join us as we pay tribute to our honorees: Tony Danza, following his critically acclaimed run in Honeymoon in Vegas, and Linda Bowden, NJ Regional President with PNC Bank. Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne to help him celebrate his 90th birthday!”

Television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza will accept the Frank Carrington Excellence in the Arts Award. Mr. Danza recently made his Paper Mill Playhouse debut in the world premiere musical Honeymoon in Vegas (photo above) in a critically acclaimed performance as Tommy Korman. Both the show and Tony’s performance received amazing reviews, including a love letter from The New York Times, which compares Tony’s performance to "the cooler-than-cool spirit" of Frank Sinatra. The musical is expected to open on Broadway later this year. (see slideshow of scenes from Honeymoon in Vegas).

Perhaps best known for starring on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series, including Taxi (1978–1983) and Who’s the Boss? (1984–1992), Tony Danza has also established himself as a stage and screen star, and he is indisputably one of America’s most iconic performers. He was recently lauded for his big-screen role as Joseph Gordon Levitt’s father in Levitt’s much acclaimed directorial debut, entitled Don Jon. The film stars Levitt, Danza, Julianne Moore, and Scarlett Johansson.

For more information on Paper Mill Playhouse’s Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala or to purchase individual tickets, tables or raffle tickets, please contact Leigh Schaedel at 973-315-1663, lschadel@papermill.org or visit Paper Mill Playhouse’s website, www.papermill.org.

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