Wednesday, May 27, 2015

“THE ITALIAN CHICKS” APPEAR @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE ONE NIGHT ONLY: PREPARE TO LAUGH

THE ITALIAN CHICKS

WHEN: Sunday, May 31, at 7 PM
WHERE:
George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: Order online or call the box office at 732.246.7717

The Italian Chicks Comedy and Variety Show is a passionate blend of comedy, characters, music, song parodies and Italian-American culture. When these four dynamic, multi-talented women hit the stage, they will make you remember things you paid your shrink to forget.

It’s a celebration of food, family, memories and Italian tradition. Whether you're Italian or not, The Italian Chicks will bring you back to a place and time that will have you roaring with laughter and dancing in the aisles.

But you don’t have to be Italian to love this show—all you need are family memories and a love of tradition and culture.”

The Italian Chicks Comedy & Variety show is endorsed by Danny Aiello.

RUTGERS-NEWARK BOOK ARTS CLASS EXHIBITION OPENS JUNE 4

Newest Americans in collaboration with Rutgers Professor Nick Kline, Artist-in-Residence Adrienne Wheeler, Endless Editions, Dr. Samantha Boardman and RU-N Book Arts Class is excited to present an upcoming event surrounding Glassbook Project: Provisions.

Started in 2009, the GlassBook Project is an ongoing, socially engaged, collaborative artwork by Nick Kline, his students at Rutgers University-Newark, other artists-in-residence, writers, and local organizations. “Provisions” is an exhibition of artist books, photographs and sound inspired by the recordings of the Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History Collection, Newark, NJ.

OPENING RECEPTION
WHEN: June 4, 2015, from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
WHERE: The Gateway Project, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ.
Please contact Nick Kline at domkline@andromeda.rutgers.edu with questions.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ICONIC ROCK MUSIC ENSHRINED IN SHOW @ interACT PRODUCTIONS IN SOUTH ORANGE

LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICK MUSICAL
Book by Anne Beatts - Music and Lyrics by Ellie Greenwich & Friends
Based on a Concept by Melanie Mintz
Additional Material by Jack Heifner
Directed by Nicholas J. Clarey
Music Direction by Holland Jancaitis

WHEN: MAY 29-31, June 5-7 & 12-14, FRI & SAT 7:30 PM SUN 4:00 PM
WHERE: The Baird (3rd floor), 5 Mead St., South Orange
TICKETS: Adult Online - $20, Student/Senior Online - $17, All Tickets At The Door - $25
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Leader of The Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical is packs together favorite songs such as "Chapel of Love," "Da Do Ron Ron," "Be My Baby," "Hanky Panky," Do Wah Diddy," "And Then He Kissed Me" and, of course, the title song in a musical retrospective that celebrates the life and times of songwriter Ellie Greenwich, whose doo wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts. The story of Ellie's rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual Hit Parade of her music and familiar talented names from the era.

STARRING
Nadiya Braham - Darlene Love
Elena Stremlin - Annie Golden/Rosie Greenwich
Kayla Stewart - Young Darlene Love
Julie Funesti - Teen Ellie Greenwich/Waitress
Samantha Tropper - Teen Shelley/Young Shelley/Lounge Singer
Sophia Heriveaux - Teen Mickey
John M. Olsen - Gus Sharkey
Chelsea Varga - Young Ellie Greenwich
Joshua Williams - Jeff Barry
Joanna Haupt - Young Annie Golden
Noelle Heriveaux - Young Mickey
Tasha R. Williams - Gina Taylor
David Wren-Hardin - Keith McDaniel/Disc Jockey
Lucas Sverdlen - Danny Herman/Chez Smooch Dancer
Ian McDonald - Peter Neptune/Maitre 'd
Laura Brenden - Pattie Darcy/Shelley
Melody Lieberman - Ellie Greenwich
Sam Mullaney - Lon Hoyt
Jessica Kaiser - Zora Rasmussen

SPECIAL GUEST EVENT: ERIC JACOB PRESENTS A NIGHT OF COMEDY

Eric Jacob presents

A Night of Comedy

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, at 8 PM
WHERE:
George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
BUY ONLINE NOW OR CALL 732-246-7717

Eric Jacob presents "A Night of Comedy featuring 4 great comedians who will bring laughter to New Brunswick, New Jersey. The night will bring to the stage Angela Cobb, Jason Pollock, Scott Friedman and Eric Jacob headlining. 

The performance will be filmed for purpose of a  DVD: "From Jersey! Live with Eric Jacob."  So don't miss this opportunity to be part of this live filming. 

BLACK COMEDY, “THE HOUSE OF YES,” OPENS @ EDISON VALLEY PLAYHOUSE

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Seating is general admission. 
To reserve tickets for pickup and payment on the night of the show, call the box office at 908.755.4654 and leave your name, the date of the show you wish to attend, the number of tickets you require, and your phone number. You will receive a callback only if there is a problem with your reservation.  To reserve and pay for tickets on-line for pickup on the night of the show visit our website at www.evplayhouse.com.

Monday, May 25, 2015

FROM WRITING TO ROMANCE: “THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG” @ MCCC’S KELSEY THEATRE

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THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG
By Neil Simon
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Directed by Director Pete LaBriola
Music Director Pam Sharples
Conductor Lou Woodruff
Choreographer Haley Ackermann

WHEN:  Fridays, May 29 and June 5 at 8 PM; Saturdays, May 30 and June 6 at 8 PM; and Sundays, May 31 and June 7 at 2 PM. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on May 29.
WHERE:
Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre  Kelsey Theatre, 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.

When an accomplished Broadway composer connects with a talented young lyricist, their professional success seems like a sure thing. But as the partnership gets personal, life gets complicated.

First performed on Broadway in 1979, "They're Playing Our Song" is a two-character musical, with Vernon Gersch as the established composer and Sonia Walsk as the eccentric lyricist. In a clever plot device, the story is told not only by Vernon and Sonia, but also by their alter egos at different ages and stages of life. The story is based on the real-life relationship between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. Neil Simon’s comic script is complemented with music by Hamlisch and lyrics by Bayer Sager.

Appearing in the main roles are Thomas Coppolecchia 0f Bordentown as Vernon Gersch and Rachel Gitel of Philadelphia, Pa., as Sonia Walsk.  Vernon’s alter egos include Zack Treusch of Burlington, Mike Wemer of Westampton, and Devon Wheeler of Ewing. Appearing as Sonia’s alter egos are Haley Ackermann of Marlton, Jaclyn Biancaniello of Hainesport and Kailee Graham of Ewing. (Above: clockwise from lower left: Kailee Graham, Haley Ackermann, Rachel Gitel as Sonia (sitting on piano), Devon Wheeler, Mike Wemer, Jaclyn Biancaniello and Tom Coppolecchia as Vernon [on bench].)

For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

CELEBRATE FRANK SINATRA’S CENTENNIAL @ THE AXELROD ARTS CENTER IN DEAL

Sinatra & Company: Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Frank Sinatra

WHEN: Sunday, May 31st at 7 PM
WHERE: Axelrod Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
TICKETS: $32 (adult), $28 (senior), $20 (student)
www.axelrodartscenter.com for tickets

Popular Jersey Shore native Chris Pinnella, whose singing career has landed him on stage at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Birdland and the Rainbow Room, performs regularly with the world-famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He will be joined on stage with jazz pianist Art Topilow and his brother Carl Topilow, the conductor of the Cleveland Pops, on clarinet. The trio will be joined by the Metro Jazz All Stars performing iconic Frank Sinatra songs newly arranged by Gary Mazzarropi. The audience will be swept away by favorites like "Come Fly with Me," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," I''ve Got the World on a String" and many other songs that Ole Blue Eyes made his own.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR UPCOMING SHOW @ VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF NJ IN SUMMIT

Marylou Hillyer Members Show & Sale

Due to the Memorial Day weekend, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is extending its deadline for entries to Friday, May 29, 2015 for the Marylou Hillyer Members Show & Sale. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best in Show and in several mediums, totaling over $1,000.

ShlomitDror Members Show JudgeThe show will be judged by Shlomit Dror (right), a New York-based curator and writer who recently curated Ready or Not: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual at the Newark Museum. About her experience and the upcoming Members Show she said, “It’s important for me to promote and raise awareness on local artists and art being made in New Jersey. I am always delighted to learn about new artists, find exciting work processes and approaches and see a range of ideas expressed across a variety of disciplines.”

The summer exhibition showcases the artwork of 150 Art Center Members and will be on view through August 23. Participation in the Members Show & Sale is open to all current adult members.

Entry deadline is May 29, 2015. Space is limited.

For more information, please visit www.artcenternj.org/members-show/ or call 908.273.9121.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and is free and open to all.

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors and people with special needs every year.

UCPAC TO SCREEN SILENT FILM CLASSIC MAY 30

Attention film buffs:

WINGS
with live accompaniment on the theater's internationally renowned Mighty Wurlitzer organ

WHEN: May 30 at 8 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC's Mainstage, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: $10 general admission. Tickets for the Asbury Short Film Concert are $12 general admission, $10 for students/senior citizens. Tickets for both events are available by calling 732.499.8226 or visiting www.ucpac.org.

Set during World War I, Wings stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen in a thrilling tale of two young pilots who fall in love with the same woman while fighting the enemy in the skies over France. Filmed in 1927 and acclaimed upon release for its technical prowess and realistic air-combat sequences, Wings won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture. It also features Gary Cooper in a role which helped launch his fabled career. Providing the soundtrack for this classic film on the theater's original Wurlitzer organ will be keyboard master Bernie Anderson, Jr.

The screening is part of an exciting weekend for movie lovers at UCPAC. On May 29, the 34th Asbury Short Film Concert returns to UCPAC's Mainstage with an entertaining showcase of the world's best short films. Anderson also will perform before the screenings on this night.

UCPAC's Mainstage is housed in the beautifully restored Rahway Theatre, a historic landmark located at 1601 Irving Street in the heart of Rahway's Arts District, and easily accessible by major roads and public transportation

TAKE A FLIGHT OF IMAGINATION IN BASKING RIDGE WITH ARTsee THIS SATURDAY

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WHEN: Saturday, May 30, noon to 5 PM, with a rain date of Sunday, May 31
WHERE:
Boudinot-Southard-Ross Farm, 135 North Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge. 

The artists' group ARTsee, in collaboration with the historic Boudinot-Southard-Ross Farm, invites all to join in an afternoon of art, music, movement and history.  The day will feature an art exhibit and sale, the creation of an interactive community sculpture, music, pottery demonstration, kite flying, pinwheels, nature walks led by the NJ Audubon Society and a visitor from the Raptor Trust.

DYNAMIC, DRAMATIC ALTERNATIVE TO SUMMER CAMP @ STNJ THIS SUMMER

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Sponsors

FAMOUS NORDIC COMPOSERS IN CONCERT IN CHATHAM THIS SUNDAY

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