- Stage stars Belinda Allyn and Matt Doyle perform iconic West Side Story song with NJSO Chamber Players
- Performance debuts Mar 2 at 7 p.m. and will be available on demand at njsymphony.org/papermill
- “Tonight” is third in NJSO/Paper Mill Playhouse collaborative series premiering online through April
- Series is sponsored by JCP&L/FirstEnergy Foundation and PNC Bank
NEWARK, NJ—Stage stars Belinda Allyn and Matt Doyle join an NJSO string quartet for an at-home performance of “Tonight” from West Side Story on March 2 at 7 pm. The performance is part of a collaborative series presented by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Paper Mill Playhouse.
The performance video will be available on demand on the NJSO’s YouTube and social media channels, as well as at njsymphony.org/papermill.
The NJSO Chamber Players quartet features violinists Minji Kwon and Héctor Falcón, violist David Blinn and cellist Ted Ackerman.
The April 13 series finale will feature “Being Alive” from Company performed by Tally Sessions and an NJSO chamber ensemble.
The series’ first two performances with the NJSO Chamber Players feature Rema Webb performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel and Jacob Keith Watson performing “Out There” from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Both are available on demand at njsymphony.org/papermill.
This four-part collaboration is part of NJSO Virtual 20–21, the Orchestra’s digital season. For more information, visit njsymphony.org/virtual.
In collaboration with Paper Mill Playhouse
Tue, Mar 2, at 7 p.m.
Belinda Allyn, vocalist
Matt Doyle, vocalist
Minji Kwon, violin
Héctor Falcón, violin
David Blinn, viola
Ted Ackerman, cello
“Tonight” from West Side Story
Written by Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim
Arranged by Lucy Corwin
Series sponsored by JCP&L/First Energy Foundation and PNC Bank.
Belinda Allyn recently appeared in Paper Mill Playhouse’s upcoming streaming production of Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein. She previously appeared as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Maria in West Side Story, as well as in Benny & Joon. Other credits include Once Upon a One More Time (pre-Broadway, shut down by Covid), Allegiance (Broadway), understudy Imelda in Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep), Maria in West Side Story (Riverside Theatre), and Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC). Graduate of Oklahoma City University. @belinda_allyn
Matt Doyle plays Jamie in the new Broadway revival of Company. He recently starred in the world premiere of the Huey Lewis musical The Heart of Rock & Roll at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Matt’s Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon (Elder Price), War Horse(Billy Narracott), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), and Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo Peabody). National tour credits include Spring Awakening(Melchior). Off Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd, A Clockwork Orange, Brooklynite, and Jasper in Deadland. Regional credits include West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse, Jasper in Deadland at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and Giant at Dallas Theater Center. Film and television credits include The Code (CBS), a recurring role on Gossip Girl (Jonathan), and Private Romeo (Glenn). Matt has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and continues to perform his sold-out solo show throughout New York City in addition to performing with symphonies across the country. Recordings include Bare (Peter). His album, Uncontrolled, is available on iTunes.
Paper Mill Playhouse
Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is a nationally renowned not-for-profit theater under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director). A beloved NJ arts institution since 1938, Paper Mill creates and produces groundbreaking new musicals and reimagined classics. Several productions have gone on to Broadway and launched national tours, including Disney’s Newsies, Les Misérables, Honeymoon in Vegas, A Bronx Tale and Bandstand. The theater is also the home of an award-winning center for musical theater education and artist training, with outreach programs that impact thousands of students each year. As one of the nation’s premier musical theaters, Paper Mill fosters a creative environment to advance the art form, educate students, develop future theater lovers, nurture inclusion and provide access for all. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
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Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.
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The Orchestra’s online hub for free NJSO Virtual 20–21 content is njsymphony.org/virtual.
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