Saturday, January 31, 2015

FAMILY PRE-GAME CELEBRATION @ WEST ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY SUNDAY AT 1 PM

WHERE: West Orange Public Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West orange
www.wopl.org

JANINE JANSEN, STATE BALLET THEATRE OF RUSSIA, AND BALLET HISPANICO UP NEXT AT McCARTER THEATRE CENTER

Janine Jansen photo by Harald Hoffmann-DeccaJANINE JANSEN, violin
ITAMAR GOLAN, piano

WHEN:
MONDAY, FEB. 9, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Matthews Stage
TICKETS: $25.00 - $50.00

According to The New York Times, “Janine Jansen is a player that you follow wherever she leads.” One of the foremost violinists of her generation, Jensen has curated her own chamber music festival in Utrecht and her best-selling recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons was an iTunes Classical Essential in 2013. For her McCarter debut, Jansen and pianist Itamar Golan will perform sonatas by Prokofiev and Ravel, plus other works.

Swan Lake - State ballet Theatre of RussiaSWAN LAKE
performed by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia

WHEN: FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Matthews Stage
TICKETS: $30.00 - $62.00

One of Russia’s best-kept dance secrets, the State Ballet Theatre of Russia and its company of 55 dancers returns to McCarter with its production of one of the most well-loved ballets in history, Swan Lake, set to an unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky. From the city of Voronezh, this masterful company has brought several productions to McCarter in past seasons, including Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and Giselle.

Ballet Hispanico - Azuka - photo by Eduardo PatinoBALLET HISPANICO
WHEN:
MONDAY, FEB. 17, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Matthews Stage
TICKETS: $25.00 – $52.00

Fusing Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques, Ballet Hispanico has created a new style of concert dance incorporating theatricality, passion, and choreographers representing Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. For their McCarter debut, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro has selected a snapshot of contemporary Spanish and Latino dance, including his own Danzon, which takes the traditional Cuban dance form and reinvents it with contemporary language to construct a joyous celebration of music and movement.

TICKET INFORMATION
tickets are are available by phone at 609-258-2787, online at www.mccarter.org, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Center Box Office at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ.

MEET THE CAST OF “REPAIRING A NATION” AT CROSSROADS THEATRE

Nikkole Salter has had her plays produced at Luna Stage in West Orange to great acclaim. Now she has one onstage at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick:

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW! (link on graphic will not work)

WHEN: February 26 – March 8
WHERE:
Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org 
732.545.8100

Friday, January 30, 2015

NEW OPERA TO PREMIERE AT DELBARTON’S ST. MARY’S ABBEY

GERMAINE
Composed by R. Wayne Walters
Celebrates Life of the Patroness of Abused Children

WHEN: Saturday, January 31, at 8:00 PM
WHERE:
St. Mary’s Abbey, Delbarton, 230 Mendham Road in Morristown
TICKETS: suggested donation of $20 with a reception following the concert. 
For more information, please call 973.998.7239.

Germaine, a one-act opera, celebrates the life of the patroness of abused children and features soprano Elena T. Bird in the lead role. Other performers include Patricia Ruggles, a Florham Park mezzo, as the stepmother, Hortense; John Hammel, a tenor from North Las Vegas, Nevada, will sing the role of the father, Laurent; Robert Long, a tenor from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, as the Priest; and Joseph McKee, Princeton bass, and Rob Walters, Long Valley bariton,e as the shepherds. The performance also includes a small chorus of townspeople and a full orchestra.

Germaine Cousin was born in Pibrac, a small village near Toulouse, France in 1579.  Her father, Laurent, was an agricultural laborer.  Germaine’s right hand was deformed and paralyzed at birth. She remained weak and in poor health for most of her life. She developed scrofula, a form of tuberculosis. Her mother died while she was still an infant. When her father remarried, his new wife, Hortense, thought Germaine was a medical threat to her own children. She saw to it that Germaine was isolated from the rest of the family as much as possible. She was forced to sleep outside in a barn.  Germaine was assigned the job of shepherdess where she could stay in the field, far away from her brothers and sisters. She grew to love nature and the sheep she tended.

Although she knew nothing of theology she had an abiding love for God and a deep personal faith. During her brief twenty-two year life span she lived totally devoted to God, her fellow shepherds and the young children of the neighborhood. Throughout her young life she suffered unspeakable abuse at the hands of her step mother, her step-brothers and sisters, and her father, Laurent. Germaine always shared her meager food portion with others and often offered scraps of food to local beggars. Hortense was furious at the stories that were beginning to circulate about Germaine’s holiness.  Then she became aware that people were willing to pay money for trinkets and prayers.  A sure avenue for profit overcame Laurent and Hortense as the story is told. 

Mr. Walters is a well-known New Jersey musician, singer, composer and conductor who currently serves as the music director for the Morris Choral Society. He has performed throughout the Eastern United States and across Europe with ensembles ranging from the St. Cecilia Chorus to Pastoral Chamber Orchestra. A long time educator in Morristown High School, Mr. Walters has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Arts Education and was recognized as an “Outstanding Professional in the Arts” by Morris Arts. He has composed both choral and instrumental works.

Funding for the opera has been made possible in part by the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation. 

BARN THEATRE PRESENTS SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE

TWO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS

WHEN: Saturday, February 14, with Reception/Auction beginning at 7:15 PM and performance beginning at 8 PM
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287
ADMISSION: $25 general admission

This special evening features pre-performance Champagne Toast, performances by Stearns Matthews (accompanied by Markus Grae-Hauck) and Julie Mac (accompanied by Jimmy Horan) along with dessert and coffee, raffle gift items, 50/50 drawing and a Meet and Greet / CD signing with the artists.

For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at 973.334.9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at www.barntheatre.org

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BUSY WEEKEND @ NJPAC

The Philadelphia Orchestra plays

Beethoven's Fifth

WHEN: Thursday, January 29 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C, Op. 67
  • Shostakovich: Selections from The Gadfly, Op. 97a

The Fabulous Philadelphians perform Beethoven's powerhouse Fifth Symphony, as well as a pair of works by Shostakovich, in their first NJPAC appearance in nearly a decade.

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Join a Bank of America Classical Overture pre-performance talk hosted by George Marriner Maull, free to all ticket holders one hour prior to curtain.

Part of the Bank of America Classical Series


Chuggington Live!

The Great Rescue Adventure

WHEN: Friday, January 30 at 3 and 6 PM
WHERE:
Victoria Theater

Join Wilson, Koko and Brewster on the most traintastic day ever! The premiere tour of Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure, based on the hit Disney Junior TV show, rolls into NJPAC as a delightful live theatrical production.   More Info


The Standing Ovation Tour
with Sommore, Arnez J., Tony Rock and Gary Owen

WHEN: Friday, January 30 at 8 PM
WHERE:
Prudential Hall

Only tour stop in the metro area! Sommore, Arnez J., Tony Rock and Gary Owen: The Standing Ovation Tour brings some of the greatest veteran comedians in the business together on one stage. Whether you like your comedy neat or on the rocks, this tour promises a night of non-stop, gut-busting laughter. More Info

Part of the Horizon Foundation Urban Comedy Series


Men Are From Mars—Women Are From Venus LIVE!

WHEN: Saturday, January 31 at 2 and 8 PM
WHERE: 
Victoria Theater

"Not to be missed!" —Elle Magazine

When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are Earth-shatteringly hysterical! Based on the best-selling book, this one-man fusion of theater and stand-up with John Frusciante has couples elbowing each other all evening.   More Info

MPAC SETS AUDITIONS FOR KIDS 7-21 FOR “LES MISERABLES” PRODUCTION

AUDITION NOTICE:

Our third annual youth musical, Les Miserables, will run May 29 - 31!

Auditions are coming up soon for performers ages 7 - 11 and 14 - 21. All of the details can be found in this image or on our website, http://www.mayoarts.org/education/musical

FESTIVAL OF 1-ACT PLAYS IN THE UCPAC LOFT IN RAHWAY

5 performances spaces: Mainstage, Hamilton Stage, The Loft, Front Room and 1591Fearless Productions presents the inaugural

Kicking & Swearing Festival of 1-Acts
18 new 10-minute plays by writers from New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and across New Jersey.

WHEN: Feb. 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 PM: The plays are performed in three groups of six on individual preview nights. The final competitive judging for Best Play takes place Sunday, Feb. 8 with three shows repeating all the plays at 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM
WHERE:
The Loft at Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street in the heart of Rahway Arts District.
TICKETS: $10 per show
Tickets can be bought online at www.ucpac.org, by calling 732.499.8226 or at UCPAC Box Office, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway.

Participating playwrights include Mike Burdick, Steve Taylor, Brian Harris, Irwin Hahn, Mike Sockol, Greg Adkins & P.J. Murray, Lindsay Adkins, Greg Macklin, Dave Duncan, CJ Nolan, D.D.L. Webber, Charles E Denk, Ben Simons, Blaire Deziel.

Festival producer Jessica Foerst notes that The Loft, a 60-seat blackbox, is a perfect space for the festival. “You are so up close and personal with the actors that you can't help but be drawn in to the experience.”

Performances Dates:

Program A (Mon. 2/2 at 7:30 PM – opening performance / Sun. 2/8 at 1:30 PM – judged performance) American Marvel, The Final Interview, The Wrong Stuff, Yankee Stadium, Vigilance, The Most Disgusting Thing in the Universe.

Program B (Tue. 2/3 at 7:30 PM – opening performance / Sun. 2/8 at 3:30 PM – judged performance) The Light in the Middle, Diplomat’s Dilemma, Voice of God, Staring Contest, Hot August Night, The Talk.

Program C (Wed. 2/4 at 7:30 PM – opening performance / Sun. 2/8 at 5:30 PM – judged performance) Mercy Killing, Clover, Restaurant, Lightning, No Homo,Waiting for Evangeline.

“New plays are the lifeblood of American Theatre,” says Union County Performing Arts Center executive director Lawrence E. McCullough. “UCPAC and Rahway are thrilled to serve as the showcase for this emerging literary talent.”

MUSICAL BY CREATOR OF “RENT” OPENS @ UCPAC HAMILTON CENTER JAN. 28

5 performances spaces: Mainstage, Hamilton Stage, The Loft, Front Room and 1591

American Theater Group presents

tick, tick….BOOM!
By Jonathan Larson, the creator of RENT

WHEN: January 28 - February 8, 2015 
WHERE:
Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
TICKETS: $35
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Jonathan Larson weaves an unforgettable spell in this passionate, funny and uplifting musical about a struggling artist who is trying to keep it all together; his girlfriend, his childhood buddy… and turning thirty, all while trying to write the next great american musical. Before there was RENT, there was Tick, Tick…BOOM!