Friday, October 31, 2014

PLAN AHEAD FOR “A CAPPELLA JAMBOREE 2014”

Light Opera of New Jersey presents

A Cappella Jamboree 2014

WHEN: November 14, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: General Admission $20 

Our 19th year of fine a cappella singing will include:

  • The Gargoyles (young men) \The Daughters of Zion (young women)
  • The Moderately Bright Four (mixed voices)
  • The Four Bari's Quartet (female barbershop harmony)
  • Cohesion (all male)

and featuring The Colgate Thirteen of Colgate University (all male collegiate singering)

Details to follow!

Click here:  TICKETS for a cappella JAMBOREE  NOV 2014

McCARTER CONTINUES 14/15 THEATRE SEASON WITH THERESA REBECK’S “THE UNDERSTUDY”

THE UNDERSTUDY
Written by: THERESA REBECK
Direction: ADAM IMMERWAHR

WHEN: October 14 – November 2, Thurs. 7:30 PM; Friday & Saturday 8 PM; Saturday 3 PM & Sunday 2 PM
WHERE:
McCarter’s Matthews Theatre, 91 University Place in Princeton.
TICKETS: Single tickets start as low as $25 and are on sale now online at www.mccarter.org, by phone at 609.258.2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.
For more info about The Understudy, please visit the production’s dedicated website.

Of Note: the Sunday, October 19th Dialogue on Drama will feature director Adam Immerwahr and playwright Theresa Rebeck in conversation, after the performance. Admission to Dialogue on Drama is free and open to the public, and will begin shortly after the 2:00 PM performance (roughly 3:30 PM). No ticket or reservation is required.


Pulitzer Prize-finalist Theresa Rebeck, creator and producer of the NBC hit Smash, pens a backstage battle royale for the ages. Things are looking grim at the understudy rehearsal for a hit new Broadway play—a “lost masterpiece” from one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic writers—Franz Kafka. The set technician is high, the cocky movie star doesn’t understand the script and the new understudy is surprised to find that the stage manager is his jilted ex-fiancĂ©e. Backstage drama steps into the spotlight in this biting comedy about art, celebrity, and the crazy things we do for the business we love.

The Understudy, which premiered at Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway in 2009, will be performed in McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. With more than a thousand seats, McCarter’s production marks the largest space in which the work has ever been staged, featuring a scenic design by Tony and Emmy-Award winning designer Eugene Lee. Audiences will witness a production that takes full advantage of the expansive space - with action taking place onstage, at tech tables, in the back of the house, and right in the aisles.

Playwright Theresa Rebeck adds: “I’m really excited about the space at McCarter; that it will be produced in the larger theater [the Matthews]. I have never seen a production of The Understudy on a stage that size, which I think it was meant for. I’m grateful that Emily [Mann] had the vision to say, “Let’s do it.””

This production also marks the main stage directorial debut of Associate Artistic Director, Adam Immerwahr, who began his professional career in McCarter's Intern Program—a season-long educational and artistic training program dedicated to cultivating and mentoring the next generation of theater artists and artistic leaders.
According to McCarter Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann: “Over the last decade I have had the distinct joy of watching Adam, who has always been an exceptional individual, develop his craft as both a director and an institutional leader and I am proud to introduce his work to McCarter audiences.”

The cast is a trio of young talents, with Adam Green as struggling actor (and understudy) Harry; Danielle Skraasdad as stage manager Roxanne; and JD Taylor as film star Jake. Princeton audiences will well-remember Adam Green for his recent tour-de-force turn as Figaro in McCarter’s productions of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. JD Taylor will be appearing at McCarter for the first time, having appeared at numerous theatres across the country including Denver Theatre Center and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. Danielle Skraasdad, also a McCarter newcomer, has been featured in numerous regional theatres across the country; and New York in such productions as All My Sons (Broadway), In the Wake (The Public),  and The Moundbuilders (Signature).

The creative/design team includes a full-of-surprises scenic design from Eugene Lee, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning designer (Sweeney Todd, Wicked, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, many more) who has created numerous celebrated worlds for McCarter in the past, including Proof, Last of the Boys, and A Seagull in the Hamptons. Joining Mr. Lee on the creative team are Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Kristin Isola (Costume Design), Nick Kourtides (Sound Design), Sam Pinkleton (Choreography) and Samantha Bellomo (Fight Choreography).

MONTCLAIR OPERETTA CLUB PRESENTS “GODSPELL” TO OPEN 90TH SEASON

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WHEN:  November 7 – 16; Fridays and Saturdays at at 8:00 PM, Sundays 2 PM
WHERE:
Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, located at Franklin & Fremont Streets in Bloomfield
TICKETS: $25 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and $15 for students with ID. GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES OF 20 OR MORE.
To order tickets call the box office at 973.744.3133 and leave a message. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.mocmusicals.org

Montclair Operetta Club, now in its 90th season, presents a fully staged production of Godspell at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College. Founded in 1925, M.O.C. continues its long-standing musical theatre tradition with this exciting and innovative production. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell is modern-day retelling of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The score includes the well-known songs “Day By Day,” “Learn Your Lesson Well” and “By My Side.”

The cast features Daniel Yearwood as Jesus, Joseph Trible as John the Baptist, William Carey as Judas, and an ensemble of sixteen. The production is directed by noted Broadway casting director Bob Cline, a veteran of many M.O.C. productions, with musical direction by Gonzalo Valencia. Mr. Valencia has assembled an orchestra of talented musicians to accompany this top-notch cast. Felicity Selby is the stage manager for this production.

For more information about Montclair Operetta Club, call 973.744.3133 or visit www.mocmusicals.org

CONCERTS & DANCING @ THE MINSTREL THIS MONTH

Nov_7_Sally_Rogers and Claudia_SchmidtSally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt (split bill) at The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, on Friday, November 7 from 8 to 11 PM. Adults $9; children 12 and under, free. For more info call 973-335-9489 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking.

 

Nov_14th_Jim_Kweskin_Happy_TraumJim Kweskin and Happy Traum (split bill) at The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, on Friday, November 14 from 8 to 11 PM. Adults $9; children 12 and under, free. For more info call 973-335-9489 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking.

 

Nov_21_Jonathan_EdwardsFolk Project Special Concert – Jonathan Edwards and Lucy Kaplansky at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, on Friday, November 21 from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance; $35 at the door. For more info call 908-229-1214 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking. Nov_21_Lucy_Kaplansky

 

Nov_28_opener_Ken_&_Pat_Rolston_&_Hen3ry_NerenbergMike Agranoff at The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, on Friday, November 28 from 8 to 11 PM. Ken and Pat Rolston and Henry Nerenberg open. Adults $9; children 12 and under, free. For more info call 973-335-9489 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking.

 

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances

Techno contras with caller Dan Black and DJ Improper on Saturday, November 1 from 8 to 11 PM at First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 PM. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Adults $15; students $10. For more information, call 973-295-6864 or go to www.folkproject.org. Just listening to the band is worth the admission, and listeners are welcome.

Harvest Hoot with caller Joe DePaolo and band Oy Diddle Diddle on Saturday, November 15 from 8 to 11PMm at First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 PM. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Adults $10; students $5. For more information, call 973-295-6864 or go to www.folkproject.org. Just listening to the band is worth the admission, and listeners are welcome.

NEW JERSEY BALLET BRINGS MEMORABLE DANCE SEQUENCES AND A DOUBLE FEATURE TO CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY

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 Peter and the Wolf/Beauty and the Beast

WHEN: November 8, 8 PM; November 9, 2 PM 
WHERE:
Sitnik Theater located in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: for Nov. 8, $25 for adults and $18.50 for children under 12; for Nov. 9, $20 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12
Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.centenarystageco.org, at the CSC Box Office in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. in Hackettstown, or by calling 908.979.0900. 
The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1 – 5 PM, and two hours prior to performance times.  CSC also has a Box Office open during the main season at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown, Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 PM

The New Jersey Ballet performs Ballet on Broadway; with the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir: From Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to Kiss Me Kate, New Jersey Ballet presents some of Broadway’s most memorable dance sequences set to the music of Sondheim, Cole Porter, Bernstein and more!

The New Jersey Ballet then returns with their exciting double feature Peter and the Wolf/Beauty and the Beast.  The power of courage and kindness are at the heart of this delightful double feature.  Clever Peter and his friends dance to Prokofiev’s famous score and Beauty’s gentle ways turn the Beast into a handsome Prince.  Featuring original “storyteller” narration.

The New Jersey Ballet has thrilled audiences from Bergen to Cape May with top quality professional ballet and has given hundreds of thousands of adults and children their first introduction to ballet and inspired in many a lifelong love of the arts.  Over the years, New Jersey Ballet has brought the magic of dance theatre to countless students, little children, senior citizens and adults of all ages.  New Jersey Ballet performs a variety of works from classical, contemporary and jazz ballet throughout the state, and has toured nationally and around the world.

The award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir consists of young performing artists ages 16-22. Over the last two seasons, the choir reached more than 100,000 people with performances throughout the state with their rousing renditions of Broadway, pop and classics

The 2014-15 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Photo by VAM Productions.

KEAN STAGE PRESENTS BOBBY MCFERRIN

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WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, AT 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue in Union
TICKETS: $35 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child and are available at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office on campus, by calling 908.737.SHOW (7469), and online at www.keanstage.com.

Tten-time Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin is an eternal seeker, always defying the music industry’­s practical impulse to pigeonhole artists. His diversity and range are incomparable. Drawing on all genres, demonstrating matchless improvisational skills and an ability to create new vocabularies on the fly, he never fails to dazzle. Yet his music is always accessible and inviting. He has wowed audiences all over the world, blurring the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory and collaborating with artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Herbie Hancock.

PLAYFUL THEATRE’S “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” COMES TO MCCC’S KELSEY THEATRE


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
By Andrew LLoyd Webber & Tim Rice

WHEN: November 7-16, Fridays, 8 PM; Saturdays, 8 PM; and Sundays, 2 PM. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Nov. 7.
WHERE:
Mercer County Community College Kelsey Theatre, conveniently located on the college's campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children. 
Free parking is available next to the theater. 
Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609.570.3333. 
For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

When the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar hit the Broadway stage in 1971, it was an electrifying leap into a new kind of musical. The power of the music and the story that it tells still resonate some four decades later.

Loosely based on St. John’s Gospel account of the last week in the life of Jesus, the complex story is intensified by its musical retelling through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Mixing issues of religion, politics both ancient and decidedly contemporary, mob psychology and personal responsibility, this riveting show is a must-see production for its depiction of the life and times of Jesus, and its groundbreaking place in the annals of musical theater.

JC_CastThe cast stars Michael Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Jesus; Richard Damaso of Milltown as Judas Iscariot; Vianna Fagel of Lawrenceville as Mary Magdalene; Ben Simons of North Brunswick as Pontius Pilate, and Maria Aromando of Bridgewater as Herod. Also featured are Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park as Caiaphas the High Priest; Tia Brown of Ewing as Simon Zealotes; and Matt Dawson of Hillsborough as Annas the High Priest.

The Apostles include Reginald Brockington of Hamilton, Melody Dougherty of Philadelphia, Pa., Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton, Michael Gearty of Langhorne, Pa., Bridget Hughes of Jackson, Paul Lasky of Hamilton, Jenna O’Neill of Hamilton, Christopher Singh of West Windsor and Michael Zweig of Philadelphia, Pa. Lead dancers are Kaitlyn Anthony of Bordentown and Emily O’Sullivan of Hamilton.

The show is directed by Frank Ferrara, with musical direction by Shannon Ferrara, associate musical direction by Mike Gilchand, and choreography by Renee Chambers-Liciaga. Costumes are by Michelle Rittmann and set design is by Bryan Schendlinger. Ruth Kresge and Nancy Scharf are the stage managers and Hilary Leboff and Suzanne Smith are the producers.

(Photo: From left, cast members Evan Bilinski, Tia Brown, Christopher Singh, Richard Damaso as Judas, Vianna Fagel as Mary Magdalene, Paul Lasky, Kaitlyn Anthony, Michael Gearty, Michael Scibilia (in white shirt) as Jesus, Michael Zweig, Emily O'Sullivan, Matthew Dawson, Reginald Brockington, Melody Dougherty, Jenna O'Neill, Ben Simons, Maria Aromando and Bridget Hughes.)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

THE STROLLERS TO PRESENT “CLYBOURNE PARK” IN NOVEMBER

“BEST MUSICAL EVER” COMES TO DEAL IN NOVEMBER

GYPSY
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Andrew De Prisco
Choreographed by Nicole DeVincenzo  
Musical Direction by Dr. Jeff Unger

 

WHEN: November 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8 PM; November 16, 23 at 3 PM
WHERE:
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal
TICKETS: $32 Adults, $28 Seniors; $24 Students, $26 Groups; $20 Discounted Seats (Side/Rear Section)
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

From the first trumpet blast of its legendary Overture to the last white hot spotlight, Gypsy is considered by many to be "the best  musical ever."  Directed by Perry Nominated Andrew DePrisco, Gypsy tells the backstage tale of vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her domineering, overbearing mother, Rose, as Rose battles stage directors, theatre owners and hotel managers in her efforts to push her two daughters toward stardom during the dying days of vaudeville.  

This musical fable was created by three theatrical giants. The book is by two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents, with music by two-time Tony Award winner Jule Styne and lyrics by multiple Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim.Original direction and choreography was created by Jerome Robbins.  

The legendary score boasts such classics as Everything's Coming Up Roses, Together Wherever We Go, Let Me Entertain You and Some People. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CLASSIC MUSICAL OPENS @ PLAYHOUSE 22 ON NOV. 7

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P22_MamePoster-Final-web_bannerMAME
book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
music and lyrics by Jerry Herman

WHEN: November 7 - 23.  All performances are Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM
WHERE:
Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
TICKETS: $22 for adults and $20 for seniors and students and are available online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window.

The show follows the whirlwind adventures of an unconventional aunt and her nephew with a rogue’s gallery of memorable characters, plus hilarious encounters with proper society.  Mame opened on Broadway in 1966, starring Angela Lansbury and Beatrice Arthur.

Playhouse 22’s production is directed by Gerry Appel with music direction by Rory Chalcraft and choreography by Nancy Takacs. 

BONY TO FEATURE “DER SCHWANDENDRHEHER” FOR VIOLA & ORCHESTRA ON NOV. 9 IN CONVENT STATION

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NUTTY BY NATURE OPENS 18TH SEASON OF MAKING AUDIENCES LAUGH WITH THEIR IMPROV

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A Nut to Remember—An Evening of Improv Comedy

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 8:00 PM
WHERE:
NJ School of Dramatic Arts, 593 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield TICKETS: $10.00
Tickets may be reserved by calling 973.566.9700, Ext 4.

Nutty By Nature has been making audiences laugh throughout the metropolitan NY/NJ area for the past 18 years. In addition to having performed at The NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), The South Street Seaport, 12 Miles West, Theater Under the Stars, The Black River Playhouse, Luna Stage, Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores; they were featured on the E! Television/Style Network's reality TV series, Try My Life.

The Herald News called them, "Bawdy, brilliant and proof that ingenuity can strike at a moments notice."

Members of the troupe include Troupe Director Paul Acocella of Oldwick, Elaine Brodie of Caldwell, Jody Eiden of Wyckoff, Laura Hartin of Montclair, Matt Hopkins of Elmwood Park, Robin Lewis of Livingston, Rich McDonald of West Orange, Brendan Maly of Butler, Shelly Miller of Mount Olive, Wendy Tiburcio of Montclair, Jackie Valeo of Saddle Brook and Ted Wrigley of Bloomfield.

The show is based entirely on audience suggestions! "After all," says executive director Bob Sapoff, "the only thing better than having a great idea is watching it come to life right before your eyes"! In addition to providing the material for the show, audience members are encouraged to bring their own crazy "props" that the actors will use during the show!