Friday, July 25, 2014

CLASSIC MUSICAL COMES TO MCCC’S KELSEY THEATRE

LI’L ABNER
A musical comedy based on Al Capp’s cartoon script

WHEN: Fridays, Aug. 1 and 8 at 8 PM.; Saturdays, Aug. 2 and 9 at 8 PM; and Sundays, Aug. 3 and 10 at 2 PM. An Opening Night Reception with the cast and crew follows the show on Aug. 1,
WHERE:
Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for students/children. Tickets are available online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609.570.3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

It’s a typical day in Dogpatch, U.S.A., but life is about to get wackier than usual. M & M Stage brings the rip-roaring, foot-stomping 1950s musical Li’l Abner to life.

Based on Al Capp’s beloved cartoon strip, Li’l Abner combines hillbilly shenanigans with sharp political and social satire. As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae Scragg has her eye fixed on Li'l Abner with hopes of catching him in the annual race. But a senator comes to town to inform the citizens that the government has plans to turn Dogpatch into a nuclear testing ground. Can Mammy Yokum's Yokumberry tonic save the day? And will sweet Daisy Mae ever land her dreamboat? The show premiered on Broadway in 1956, with a film version to follow in 1959.

Pappy, Abner, Daisy Mae (Amber Payne) (Philadelphia) & Mammy  The show stars Glenn Kraft of Jamison, Pa., as Lil Abner; Amber Payne of Philadelphia, Pa., as Daisy Mae; Kathleen Kutalek of Hightstown as Mammy Yokum; Pat Parton of Hamilton as Pappy Yokum; Del Howard of Lawrence as Marryin’ Sam; Tom Bessellieu of Hamilton as General Bullmoose; Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park as Earthquake McGoon; Charles Denk of Princeton as Sen. Phogbound; Kristina Lunetta of Lumberton as Apassionata Von Climax; Joe Zedeny of Hightsown as Dr. Finsdale; Sally Page of Princeton as Stupefyin’ Jones; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Mayor Dawgmeat; and Tim Moran of East Windsor as Eagle Eye Fleagle. [Above L-R: Pappy (Pat Parton), Li'l Abner (Glenn Kraft), Daisy Mae (Amber Payne), and Mammy (Kathleen Kutalek)]

The ensemble features Reise Bridgers of Hamilton, Mike DiIorio of Hamilton, Kaitlyn Ely of Hightstown, Trevor Frantz of Yardley, Pa., Kimmy Graham of Yardley, Sally Graham of Yardley, JT Kaltreider of Columbus, Phillip McRae of Yardley, Pa., Linda Miller of Princeton, Andrew Millin of Lumberton, Hayley Rubins-Topelski of Langhorne, Pa., Ron SanGiovanni of Burlington, and Matt South of Levittown, Pa.

The production team includes producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, director Matt South; choreographer Laura Murey-Ghaffoor, musical director Charlie DeMets, stage manager Angela Fasanella, lighting designer Robert Rutt, sound designer Nick Mastalesz and costumer Louisa Murey.

McCARTER THEATRE FALL EVENTS TIX GO ON SALE MONDAY!

McCarter Theatre in Princeton is gearing up for an exciting season. Check out their full list of events at www.mccarter.org, select those you’d like to see and call for tickets, beginning midnight Monday!

McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

Ticket Office: 609.258.2787

www.mccarter.org

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NJSDA KIDS ON STAGE PRESENTS "HONK", A NEW, FUNNY, HIP VERSION OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN'S THE UGLY DUCKLING

HONK!HONK!
music by George Stiles, and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe

WHEN: Thursday, July 31st, and Friday, August 1st, 7 PM
WHERE:
WESTMINSTER ARTS THEATRE, BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ
TICKETS: $15. For more information and tickets, please call 973.566.9700, Ext. 5.
www.njactors.org

Local kids give Bloomfield something to honk about! New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts Kids on Stage presents HONK! HONK! is a delightfully fun musical packed with sparkling wit, brilliant design, a memorable score and hilarious choreography—included a chorus of dancing frogs!

HONK! features 11 kids from local towns. The cast includes Shannon Bretz and Soula Garcia of Bloomfield, Madison Greendale, Saisha Wesley, and James Smith of Montclair, Das Meghne of Edison, Samantha Luk of Fairfield, Aneesah Abdur-Razzaq of Plainfield, Kiana Carbone of North Arlington, Maggie Buckley of Summit, and Amaya Loyal-Benton of Orange.

The show is directed by Mikaela Kafka. Mikaela Kafka has been working professionally as an actress and director for over 20 years. Her directing credits include Little Mermaid, Bugsy Malone, Into the Woods, Fiddler, High School Musical and Charlie Brown. As an actress Mikaela has received rave reviews from the New York Times ("great comedic timing") and Talkin' Broadway ("Beautifully performed"). She was also nominated by the Star Ledger for the 2007 Best Actress of New Jersey Award. In addition to this, Mikaela has appeared in productions by the New York International Fringe Festival, Centenary Stage Company, Garage Theatre Group, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and New Jersey Dramatists.

The musical direction is by Terri Gorgone of Rutherford.

Founded in 2004, the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in Bloomfield, NJ has provided comprehensive professional acting training for adults, teens and children. More than 1,200 students, some of whom have gone on to pursue professional acting careers, have taken classes at the school since it opened its doors ten years ago.

PTNJ & MADISON DEPT. OR RECREATION PRESENT “ONCE ON THIS ISLAND”

The Madison Department of Recreation, in partnership with Playwrights Theatre, present

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
A Musical
Books and Lyrics By LYNN AHRENS
Music By STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Based Upon The Novel " My Love, My Love " By Rosa Guy"

WHEN: July 31, at 7:30 PM; August 1, at 7:30 PM; August 2, at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue, Madison, NJ.
TICKETS: $10 for Adults, $5 Children & Students; Senior Citizens No Charge
(Madison Senior Center 973.593.3095)
Reserve online on our website or Call 973.514.1787 X31

CAST:
Aileen Bergin
Lily Bias
Luke Bias
Carolyn Bishop
Danielle Cenicola
Rachel Cenicola
Erin Colligan
Loren Donnelly
Elise Hart
Fiona Hart
Jenna Katz
Sarah Lepre
Athena Macagnano
Meaghan Macagnano
Tabitha Macagnano
Olivia Matos
Sophia Matos
Natalie Mauro
Camille Miller
Maggie Murad
Grace Randall
Alexa Ruina
Emily Ruina
Erin Salko
Maggie Salko
Megan Tierney

PRODUCTION:
Brian Lang: Music Director
Najah A. Johnson: Choreographer

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIShows.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LAST 3 CHANCES TO SEE “SUMMER SHORTS” @ MONDO SUMMIT

SUMMER SHORTS: OFF THE HOOK
8 ten-minute plays by Contemporary Playwrights performed by 7 Actors.

  • The Thing with the Cosmos - Ben Clawson
    A friend tells his buddy how the universe really works, or why some things are best left unsaid.
  • Scrimmage - Phoebe Farber
    It's soccer mom versus the coach from hell.  Who scores?
  • Double Whammy- Liz Amberly
    Two women meet and try to understand their blind dates, or is that date.
  • 3 Guys & a Brenda- Adam Bock
    Why can't a woman be more like a man?  Just ask Brenda.
  • Coffee Talk - Brian Richard Mori
    What goes best with the best cup of coffee?  It's not danish.
  • The Session- Tom Block
    A therapist brings new meaning to "Doctors Without Borders."
  • Popcorn Sonata- Jenny Lyn Bader
    A babysitter faces her greatest challenge - mother and daughter.
  • Beer & Earrings - Mike Batistick
    All he wants is to enjoy the ball game.  All she wants is to know is who was playing

WHEN: July 24, 25, 26 – 8 PM; Doors Open 6:30 PM
WHERE:
Mondo Summit, Brownstone Theatre, 3rd level; 426 Springfield Ave., Summit
TICKETS: $24 adults / $15 for students
For reservations: info@mondosummit.com or 917.969.4534

This is a REAL Cafe Theatre.
Experience the full Cafe Theatre experience by partaking of the Artisanal Tasting Menu prepared by The Pampered Palate Chef. (Served on the 3rd floor theater level. Doors open at 6:30 for this.)
Prix fixe $18.
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STARS OF BROADWAY & COMEDY @ AXELROD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER THIS AUGUST

www.axelrodartscenter.com

BONJ HOLDS 2014 SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL IN AUGUST

www.baroqueorchestra.org/festival
97e.366.5822

ONLY 3 CHANCES TO SEE TEENS PERFORM IN “GODSPELL”

The Madison Department of Recreation, in partnership with Playwrights Theatre, present

GODSPELL
Conceived and Originally Directed by
JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK
MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Originally Produced on the New York Stage by
EDGAR LANSBURY / STUART DUNCAN / JOSEPH BERUH

WHERE: July 24 & 25, at 7:30 PM; July 26, at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue, Madison, NJ
TICKETS: $10 for Adults, $5 Children & Students
Reserve online on our website:
http://www.ptnj.org/specialevents.php?url=godspell or call 973.514.1787 X31

Senior Citizens - No Charge
Call Madison Senior Center 973.593.3095

Written by Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), this long running musical (the original production ran over 2,100 performances, was revived 3 times, and a second revival in 2012) features pop, rock and folk style songs as well as lessons and skits. Schwartz has said the show was “never intended to be a “Sunday school lesson.” “Godspell, at its heart, is about the formation of a community out of disparate people coming together over very basic and simple philosophical concepts, such as ‘Always treat others as you would have them treat you.’”

CAST:
Anastasia Arvanites, Melissa Barry, Larry Bissett, Katharine Brundage, Loren Donnelly, Max Dreitlein, Mike Dreitlein, Pauline Figarelli, Najah A. Johnson,* Sahirah Johnson,* Jane Keitel,* Brian Lang, Kathryn McManus,Kristin McManus, Kavi Octane,+ Alex Post, Walter F. Rodriguez,** Jayati Samar.

PRODUCTION:
Danielle Constance - Director
Karen Romero - Music Director/Piano
Jane Keitel - Assistant Music Director/Recorder/Banjo/Accordion
Tom Hardy - Drums
Sabino Losco - Guitar
Tony Ventra - Bass
Remy Starker - Choreographer
Danielle Constance & James Sullivan - Set Design
Adele Hyman - Assistant Stage Manager
James Sullivan - Master Carpenter
Brian Lang - Logo Design/Grafitti Artist

*Appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Assocation
** Equity Member Canidate
+Guest performance artist

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers' Unions:
ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GULD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

GODSPELL Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIShows.com

LUNCHTIME POEMS IN MILITARY PARK: A GREAT WAY TO SPEND YOUR LUNCH HOUR!

Lunchtime Poems in Military Park

Support our veterans and enjoy poetry—for free. Can you think of a better way to spend your lunch hour?

WHEN: noon every Thursday through August 28
WHERE: Military Park, Newark

This Thursday, July 24, join us in welcoming a very special set of readers to Lunchtime Poems in Newark's Military Park: veteran poets from Warrior Writers and Combat Paper NJ. Featured poets will be: Jan Barry, Kevin Basl, Sarah Mess, Walt Nygard, Eli Wright & James Yee.

Warrior Writers and Combat Paper NJ are veteran-focused arts organizations that foster artistic exploration and expression through casual, welcoming workshops and retreats.

You can also support veteran poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival! On October 25, 2014, readers from Warrior Writers, Combat Paper NJ, and more will participate in Another Kind of Courage at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall. Readers will include Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa, Beatrice Hawley Award Winner and Iraqi War veteran Brian Turner and former Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson.

Tickets for the Dodge Poetry Festival can be purchased here.
Visit our website for more information about the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival.

GET A TASTE OF JEWISH CULTURE ON MADISON AVE. IN NYC ON JULY 27th

It may not be cultural, but food and culture are intricately conjoined! And this may not be in New Jersey, but a quick trip across the Hudson River will bring you a plethora of ethnic dishes—and there is music:

Proudly progressive since 1900, today's Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring engages Jewish families in lifelong education, cultural celebration and progressive activism. 

Join us at www.circle.org

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

3 DAYS OF GREAT MUSIC ON THE CAMDEN WATERFRONT, SPONSORED BY WXPN

XPoNential Music Festival

WHEN: Friday July 25 – Gates @ 5 PM - Show 5:30 PM; Saturday July 26 – Gates @ 11:30 AM - Show 12 PM; Sunday July 27 – Gates @ 11:30 AM - Show 12 PM
WHERE:
Camden Waterfront, Wiggins Park / Susquehanna Bank Center, Mickle Blvd;, Camden (Venue Map)
TICKETS: $5 - $140
BUY TICKETS!

WXPN's XPoNential Music Festival is one of the summer's premier events and a recognized area tradition. Each year, tens of thousands of music lovers gather with family and friends for three days of great music, featuring a unique mix of emerging and established artists performing on three stages.

FINAL WEEK TO SEE “THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE” @ STNJ

Only six performances left! Don't miss "The Devil's Disciple!"

Only six performances left! Don't miss "The Devil's Disciple!"

THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE
By George Bernard Shaw

WHEN: through July 27th
WHERE:
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the Drew University campus)
TICKETS: 973.408.5600 or www.ShakespeareNJ.org

Photo © Jerry Dalia
James Knight as Richard "Dick" Dudgeon