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Angelo Del Rossi

Stage Manager, Performer, Producer, Presenter, Production Crew
( b. circa 1933 - d. Aug 30, 2014 ) Male

Angelo Del Rossi was a figure long associated with the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey for forty years. Paper Mill Playhouse, one of the country's leading regional theatres, was founded in Millburn, New Jersey, in 1934. Angelo Del Rossi joined the theatre as a casting director in the 1964 and made the company his career.

"I was an actor for a number of years," he told the New York Times in 1979, "but acting wasn't creative enough for me, and so I got a job as an assistant to Frank Harrington," the co-founder of the company. He later became associate producer, and then -- following the death of Carrington in 1975 -- executive producer. He remained in that position until 2003, when he stepped down.

In 2010, Mr. Del Rossi was presented with the President Emeritus Award for his tireless financial and personal support of the Playhouse.

Mr. Del Rossi helped ferry the nonprofit through many crises, none more significant than the fire that destroyed the stage and auditorium in 1980. Paper Mill reopened in 1982 with a new building that improved sightlines and acoustics. "The moment I saw the fire, I said to myself: 'We're going to rebuild for keeps now,'" he told the New York Times in 1981. "That's why we're building for the future - to prepare ourselves for any economic reversal, and to construct one of America's most durable performing centers."

The cost of the new theatre was $4.5 million, an amount that was pieced together through an insurance payout, corporate, foundation and state arts support, and a floating-rate bond of $2.2 million.

Mr. Del Rossi's role in saving the theatre cemented his reputation as "Mr. Paper Mill," as some called him. "Angelo is the Paper Mill Playhouse," said Robert Szerlip, a board member, in 2002. "He's the missionary for the Paper Mill who represents it to the public the best."

Source: Playbill.com

ProductionsDate of Productions
I'm Not Rappaport
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • This production was first presented by Paper Mill Playhouse (Angelo Del Rossi; Roy Miller)
Jul 25, 2002 - Sep 08, 2002
You Can't Take It With You
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Revival]
  • Originally produced by Paper Mill Playhouse (Angelo Del Rossi, Executive Producer)
Apr 04, 1983 - Jan 01, 1984
The Glass Menagerie
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Assistant to the Producers: Angelo Del Rossi
May 04, 1965 - Oct 02, 1965
[Play, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Angelo Del Rossi
  • Performer: Angelo Del Rossi [Prince Guido Ceste]
Oct 12, 1959 - Nov 28, 1959
Touring ProductionsDates of Touring Productions
The Wizard of Oz
[Musical, Extravaganza, Original]
  • This production originally presented at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Angelo Del Rossi, Executive Producer)
May 01, 1998 - Jul 25, 1999
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