Harry Connick, Jr., Janet Dacal, Christopher Gurr, J. Harrison Ghee, Tom Hewitt, Richard Kline, Kevyn Morrow, Kate Shindle, Robert Wuhl and More Open in THE STING at Paper Mill Playhouse Tonight

Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting the world premiere production of the new musical The Sting. Helmed by John Rando, The Sting features choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Fred Lassen.

Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff) and the company; Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade
Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff) and the company; Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

The Sting is based on the 1973 film with book by Bob Martin, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis with Harry Connick, Jr. The score contains music by Scott Joplin including “The Entertainer.”

Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff) and the company; Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade
Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff) and the company; Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

The Broadway-bound engagement will play a limited engagement through Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ. Opening Night is Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker) and the company; Photo by Jerry Dalia
J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker) and the company; Photo by Jerry Dalia

Chicago. 1936. Get ready to enter a smoke-filled world of cons and capers, where nothing is what it seems and no one is who they appear to be. Based on the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting tells the tale of a pair of con men, small town grifter Johnny Hooker and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff (Harry Connick, Jr.), who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. The Sting takes you back to an era where jazz reigns, the stakes are high, and the dice are always loaded.

Kate Shindle (Billie), Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff); Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade
Kate Shindle (Billie), Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff); Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

The principal cast includes Harry Connick, Jr. as Henry Gondorff, with Peter Benson as The Erie Kid, Janet Dacal as Loretta, Christopher Gurr as J.J. Singleton, J. Harrison Ghee as Johnny Hooker, Tom Hewitt as Doyle Lonnegan, Richard Kline as Kid Twist, Kevyn Morrow as Luther, Kate Shindle as Billie, and Robert Wuhl as Snyder.

J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker) and the company; Photo by Jerry Dalia
J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker) and the company; Photo by Jerry Dalia

Rounding out the cast are Lucien Barbarin, Darius Barnes, Keely Beirne, Michael Fatica, Luke Hawkins, Tyler Huckstep, Matt Loehr, Erica Mansfield, Drew McVety, Ramone Owens, Tyler Roberts, Angie Schworer, Christine Shepard, Britton Smith, Sherisse Springer, Diana Vaden, Kevin Worley and Lara Seibert Young.

Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff), J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker); Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade
Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff), J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker); Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

The production team includes set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Randy Hansen, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, make up design by Cookie Jordan, vocal arrangements by Fred Lassen, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, and fight coordinator Robert Westley. The production stage manager is Bonnie L. Becker. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, Tara Rubin, CSA.

Kevyn Morrow (Luther), J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker) and Peter Benson (The Erie Kid); Photo by Jerry Dalia
Kevyn Morrow (Luther), J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker) and Peter Benson (The Erie Kid); Photo by Jerry Dalia

Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org.

Photo Flash: The Con is On! Check Out Harry Connick, Jr. and the Cast of THE STING at Paper Mill Playhouse
J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker), Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff); Photo by Jerry Dalia  
Drew McVety (Polk), Ramone Owens, Robert Wuhl (Lt. Snyder) and J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker); Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade  
Drew McVety (Polk), Ramone Owens, Robert Wuhl (Lt. Snyder) and J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker); Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

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