Friday, December 15, 2017

The Premiere of JCTC Kids: “Mishka”!

Jersey City Theater Center

WHEN: Saturday2, December 16, 2017–January 13, 2018; 2 PM
: Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City
TICKETS: $10-$20

JCTCKids present Stories From Around the World

Inspired by fairy tales from different countries, told in an engaging, fun and dynamic way, with striking visuals created by Jersey City artists, shadow-theater, live performances, music and songs.

Mishka is a Scandinavian holiday story about a teddy bear that runs away from the house of a spoiled little girl. He walks alone in a forest. What a joy to discover the world and to meet reindeer! But tonight is Christmas, and everyone should be generous and kind. Mishka, too, will give up what he holds most dear - newly found freedom- to stay with a sick little boy.


Image result for RICHIE COLE1867 Sanctuary at Ewing: Richie Cole Christmas

WHEN: December 23 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1867 Sanctuary, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ + Google Map

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome alto sax jazz legend and Ewing native Richie Cole and his quartet featuring pianist Peter Lauffer, bassist Frank Cook and drummer Dave Mohn back to the great jazz listening room of the 1867 Sanctuary for his Richie Cole Christmas concert! Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (609) 392-6409. Discount for members and groups. The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing.

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Monroe Quinn with Piktor’s Metamorphosis (Fusion) 

WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2017; 2:00 PM (one 75 min set) 
Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, 745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen
(732) 529-4464

Lifting Spirits Through Music @ St. Paul's LC Teaneck 

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 61 Church St., Teaneck
DONATION: Suggested donation for Lifting Spirits Through Music is $20

Jazz In The Spirit will present Lifting Spirits Through Music, a special benefit concert event featuring The Reggie Pittman / Loren Daniels Quartet.  Proceeds will benefit music programs and projects in the community. 

Image result for Carrie JacksonCarrie Jackson & Friends

WHEN: Tuesday, December 19, 2017; 8pm - 11Ppm 
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
ADMISSION: No Music Cover

Great classic jazz music, full bar & lounge. Performance in lounge area. Fine dining in rear

Image result for The Monroe Quinn TrioThe Monroe Quinn Trio (feat. Neil Alexander & Brian Mooney)

WHEN: Friday, December 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Palazzo Restaurant, 11 South Fullerton Ave. Montclair 
(973) 746-6778

Coming Up Auditions "for colored girls..."—Black History Month show at 4th Wall


WHEN:  Sunday, December 17 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Sign-up begins at 1/2 hour prior to the audition start time, and anyone auditioning must arrive no later than 5:00 pm.
the theatre at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts (10 Durand Road in Maplewood, NJ), easily accessible by train from Manhattan. Train schedules from New York City Penn Station to the Maplewood Station (less than a block down the hill from the theatre) are available at

4th Wall is seeking a strong woman, who is an actor/singer/mover.

  • Come to auditions prepared to read your own poem or monologue, and/or to do a cold reading from the script.
  • Also bring a headshot and resume stapled together, and be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for weekday evening and weekend daytime rehearsals beginning immediately. 
  • Non-union; no pay.

4th Wall Theatre will be reviving our smash hit production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the rainbow is Enuf in February 2018 just in time for Black History Month. We will be holding open auditions for one role.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1976, the piece will be directed by Gwen Ricks-Spencer.

Performances will be at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Art in Maplewood, New Jersey and at the Irvington Town Hall Theater in Irvington, NY. 

Rehearsals will begin immediately.

The show will be presented February 16, 17, and 18, and February 24.

HOLIDAY CHEER—an Evening with the Black River Singers at CTG December 16th

By Musical Director - Clifford Parrish

WHEN: December 16th, 8pm
: The Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester
TICKETS: $10.00

The Black River Singers are gathering for an intimate evening of song and merriment! Join us for this very special, one-night-only holiday event!


NJSDA Mini Camp 2017


WHEN: Wednesday, December 27 – Friday, December 29
: NJSDA 593 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
For more information, please call 973-566-9700 or visit website at

The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts brings the excitement of their Summer Theatre Camps for Teens and Tweens to the winter holiday break!

NJSDA will be offering intensive workshops in Acting, Musical Theatre and Improv Comedy for three days.

In the Acting Program, through the use of monologues and scene work, students work on gaining and deepening their acting skills. Focus will be on the use of given circumstances, playing objectives, using conflicts and obstacles and identifying the needs of a character.

In the Musical Theatre Workshop, the performance elements of musical theater are examined. Through the use of group numbers, duets or solos and scenes, students work on their vocal skills while learning how to act through a song.

In the Improv Comedy Workshop, you can give your imagination a blast of spontaneity! Learn the basic rules of improvisational comedy and then put them to use playing performance games (similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?")

The schedule for the programs are as follows:


  • Tween Section: Grades 6 – 8
  • Teen Section: Grades 9 - 12







**Students who take a Combo Special will have a lunch break from 12pm-1pm**

Now celebrating its 14th year in Bloomfield, school directors Beth Baur and Robert Sapoff are very proud that the school has been recognized three years in a row as the gold medal winner in the Best of Essex Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Best Children’s Enrichment/Instruction.

There is much to celebrate at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts, especially the success of so many students (adults, teens and children) who are working in theater, film and television as actors and directors.

The non-profit acting school takes great pride in offering the best in acting, musical theater, improvisation and TV & film training.  From the beginner to the most advanced, students are placed in classes that match their experience with one on one attention.

The 39 Steps! Only 2 more weeks to see this holiday treat! A critics' choice!

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The 39 Steps is a holiday treat!

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Mark Shanahan

WHEN: Till December 23 • Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm, Saturday and Sunday @ 3pm
WHERE: 1400 Clinton St., Hoboken

The critics love THE 39 STEPS!

The 39 Steps is "...pure fun...cannot help but tickle and please.”—Star Ledger

"It’s high fun, witty, high-energy show that brews breezy holiday spirit and captivates the attention of kids of all ages."—

"I laughed, and I laughed a lot, and there’s really not more you can ask of a silly play like this."—

"RUN—don’t walk—to  Mile Square Theatre, and see The 39 Steps."—

Mile Square Theatre closes its 2017 season with a rollicking send up of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps. Just in time for the holidays, Patrick Barlow’s adaptation is a fast-paced comic romp that turns the classic Hitchcock’s masterpiece into an evening of pure comic joy that will be a welcome holiday treat for audiences of all ages.

The cast includes Joe Delafield (Tartuffe on Broadway), Helen Hayes Award Winner Zachary Fine, Evan Zes (Signature Theatre’s Incident at Vichy), and Hoboken’s Alycia Kunkle.


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Calling Anyone with a Story to Tell—LTYM is Coming Back!

Dear Midtown Direct Rep Patrons and Members –

It’s not every day that a theatre company goes to its supporters to announce auditions … but MDR is not your everyday theatre company! Midtown Direct Rep is …

Calling Anyone with a STORY to TELL!

Do you have something to say about MOTHERHOOD?

Join the Movement that Gives Motherhood a Microphone!

The 5th annual North Jersey LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Show, sponsored by Midtown Direct Rep, is coming to THE WOODLAND on Saturday, April 28th at 3:00 & 7:00 PM.

EVERYONE is invited to audition! (Men, Women, Kids, Teens, Young Adults, Parents & Non-Parents!)


  • Saturday, February 10th 10:00 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday, February 11th 1:00 pm – 8 pm
  • Monday, February 12th 7:00 pm – 10 pm


  • Send an email to
  • Put the word AUDITION in the subject line
  • Please include FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and DATE/TIME PREFERENCES (We will try to accommodate you.)

This is a spoken word event; so performers must come prepared to read aloud an original 3 - 5 minute piece about motherhood. ALL STORIES are welcome to celebrate motherhood in all its complexities. Hilarious, Heartfelt, ridiculous, challenging … we love them all!

Commitment includes two rehearsals in the spring (TBD) and a pre-show run-through on April 28th. NO professional writing or stage experience required.

We've attached a flyer with all this information, so feel free to share in your circle of friends and family! The more the merrier!


To get a great sense of the show visit:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

State Theatre New Jersey presents Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler: “A Christmas Tour”


Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler: A Christmas Tour

WHEN: Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 8pm
: State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $35-$75
For tickets or more information, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 536. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

Program will include Vassar and Pickler’s hits and holiday favorites.

Phil Vassar began his career as an artist in the late 1990’s by writing songs which were recorded by several country music stars such as, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Jo Dee Messina, and David Nail. All the songs he wrote for them and other artists were hits and reached no. 1 on the charts; his song “Bye, Bye” even gave him his first American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers award for song of the year.

Since that point Vassar has released several albums such as, American Child, Shaken Not Stirred, and American Soul, and released dozens of singles such as, “Carlene,” “In a Real Love,” and “American Child,” and even put out the charity single, “Words Are Your Wheels,” with vocals from Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, and Sara Evans to promote literacy. He has also produced songs for various TV shows. Along with his other albums, Vassar has also released a Christmas album featuring five original and five classic holiday songs.

At the age of 19, Kellie Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. In 2006, she signed with 19 Recordings/BNA Records and released her debut album, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell more than 900,000 copies worldwide and produce three hit singles: “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” She followed that in 2008 with her self- titled sophomore record, featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10), and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler released her third studio album, 100 Proof, in 2011 to huge critical acclaim. The album was named the No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone and was listed on “Best of 2012” list by Washington Post.

In spring of 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars. That same year, she also released her fourth album, The Woman I Am, with Black River Entertainment, which featured three songs co-written by Pickler including the title cut.

Her CMT docu-comedy series I Love Kellie Pickler which co-stars her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, debuted in November 2015, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. The hit television series returned for a second season in August 2016.

State Theatre New Jersey—creating extraordinary experiences through the power of live performance. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of State Theatre New Jersey. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of State Theatre New Jersey. United is the official airline of State Theatre New Jersey.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians...the future "greats!" This is your chance to see them NOW!

Seattle native, Molly Mason followed music to the East Coast. where she earned a Masters in classical voice from Boston U. Molly's focus switched from opera halls to intimate clubs when she found a love for the freedom and creativity that jazz music has to offer. Molly Mason can be heard performing favorite standards, new compositions and modern arrangements in clubs and concert venues across the Tri-State area.

"...I have followed Dave Stryker's playing since his early days in Omaha through his long stay with Stanley Turrentine and his longstanding relationship with the great alto player Steve Slagle (another undersung heavy out there) and he just gets better and better with one of the most joyous feels around." -Pat Metheny."

" of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years."  ~Village Voice

~Andrew Hovan, All About Jazz


Joy to the World

Joy to the World

WHEN: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:00 pm
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701
TICKETS: Premium seating: $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student; Regular seating: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group (10 or more), $5 student.
Tickets and information are available at or (732) 933-9333.
* There are no handling or credit-card fees when you buy tickets here.

The sounds of the season will deck the halls of the Count Basie Theatre when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Joy to the World.  Following the rousing success of last year’s holiday performance, the chorus will perform an expanded edition of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau’s Christmas Suite.

Concert-goers will enjoy an array of holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Hall, all artistically arranged for chorus and orchestra by Brandau.  Intertwined throughout the Suite will be classical stalwarts from Handel’s beloved Messiah

Image result for Ryan James BrandauDr. Brandau (left) has broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He is also on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he works with the Symphonic Choir, which he has prepared for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician whose arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles across the globe. Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.

The Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "near-flawless" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "superior" (Red Bank Green). The Chorus is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, and the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents Presents “L’Chaim “featuring The Jewbadors

The Jewbadors

Celebrate life with The Jewbador’s production of L’Chaim, a delightful blend of songs, stories and jokes overflowing with the humor, fun, and poignancy of Jewish music and culture. A loving and culture-filled tribute to the holidays, food, and family bonds that are essential components of Jewish life, L’Chaim is a joyous experience for all.

The Jewbadors bring the humor, joy, and pathos of Jewish culture to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Formed in 2011, the group offers stories, songs, and “shtick” in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew as well as other languages. This group of four musicians and five singers all has performed in choral groups, musical groups, as actors and singers in shows, as well as soloists in many Jewish venues and wider venues.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

NJIO Celebrates Season With a Free Family Concert on Dec. 17 in New Providence

Family Concert 2017 flyer

WHEN: December 17, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
New Providence High School, 35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence
NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691,, or visit NJIO’s website at or follow us on Facebook.

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will continue their 2017-2018 season with their annual Family Holiday Concert. The performance will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as the special guest, Australian ensemble Arts Alive. NJIO’s featured soloist will be the second-place winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Eilene Lee.

Concertgoers will enjoy a variety of selections that celebrate traditions of the season, including popular works like Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Talented young soloist Eilene Lee will be performing the incredible Violin Concerto #1 by Max Bruch. Children especially will enjoy this delightful concert which includes audience participation on certain holiday favorites. Following the concert, members of the orchestra will host their always-popular “Instrument Petting Zoo,” where kids will have the opportunity to try out a variety of orchestral instruments.  Bring the whole family to celebrate the holiday season with music and fun with NJIO!

Eilene LeeEilene Lee, 15, a sophomore at Bergen County Academies, started violin at the age of 5.  Eilene has been studying with Yu-Jeong Lee and currently is a student of Naoko Tanaka at The Juilliard School, pre-college division.  Eilene has won prizes in several national and international violin competitions.  She has participated in several music programs including The Echo Music Festival and School, and The Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Saarburg, Germany.  She enjoys playing in many orchestras that include New Jersey Region I Junior High School Orchestra (2015, 2016-Concertmaster), New York Youth Symphony Orchestra (September 2015 to May 2016), and Juilliard Pre-college Symphony (2016 - current).  She also volunteers at various charitable events with her chamber group and the Good Neighbor Ensemble.

James HillThe Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Program comprises some of the most talented young musicians from various public schools in the Northern and Western Sydney areas.  Together with their conductor, James Hill (LEFT), the group has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events and concerts, including an annual performance at both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall. 
Be sure to arrive to the concert a half hour early to enjoy a short yet delightful performance by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson, in the lobby, as well as a performance by our Flute Choir at intermission!

About NJIO
NJIO, now in its 24th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance.  Not only do the  members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another.  In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras—no auditions needed! 

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.