Friday, April 28, 2017


WHEN: Monday, May 1 • Doors Open: 6 p.m. Program Begins: 6:30 p.m.
300 East Northfield Road, Livingston


Neshama, daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, is a superstar in Jewish entertainment. She has performed worldwide and has sold more than one million records.

Space is limited! Event is free and open to the public but RSVP required. For more information contact us at

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Alice Tai Chi (1); photo by Warren WesturaCLEVER LITTLE LIES
by Joe DiPietro
directed by Eric Hafen

WHEN: through May 7; Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2 PM; Thursdays, April 27, 7:30 pm (featuring a conversation with the cast and crew); May 4, 2:00 pm (audio described performance); Saturday, May 6, 2:00 pm
Bickford Theatre at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown
TICKETS: $45 for the General Public; $40 for Seniors; $38 for Museum Members; and $20 for Students (18 & under or with valid college ID). Group rates are available. The show contains adult language and adult situations so is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.
Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Clever Little Lies opened to acclaim at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre last week. This production of Clever Little Lies stars Harriett Trangucci (Above) as Alice, Bob Mackasek as Bill Sr., Rachel Matusewicz as Jane, and Ben Kaufman as Billy, Jr. Photo by Warren Westura.

A mother always knows when something is wrong. Billy is distracted, under pressure, and off his game. Will the unanticipated outcome of his mother’s persistent delving send him further off-kilter? Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change everything. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse.

Jaclyn Layman of the Broadway World, the largest theater publication on the Internet, wrote that she loves “to see a big ticket Broadway show just as much as the next person” but she also “sees the immense importance in patronizing local arts. Especially if a show of this quality is right down the street!” She encourages theater-lovers to “get there early and enjoy a fresh spring evening on the beautiful Morris Museum grounds.”

Playwright Joe DiPietro, a Tony Award-winner for the musical Memphis and the author of the long-running comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, has been most often compared to Neil Simon. He writes rapid-fire comic dialogue of which there is plenty in Clever Little Lies which the New York Times called “good old-fashioned comfort food for theatregoers … with maybe just a hint of sting.”

The cast of professional actors in this production will be familiar to New Jersey audiences. Reprising the role of Alice, made famous by Marlo Thomas, is Summit resident Harriett Trangucci who has previously appeared on the Bickford stage in It Had To Be You, Breakfast with Les & Bess, and Our Town. A regular at the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, she has appeared on their stage in several productions, including The Neighborhood. Her other regional and New York credits include shows at the New York Fringe Festival and at The Theater Project. The Star-Ledger named her best featured actress for her role in The Skin of Our Teeth.

The besieged young couple features Rachel Matusewicz of Randolph as Jane and Ohio native Ben Kaufman as Billy. Matusewicz, who is a graduate of the Randolph High School, has appeared with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Luna Stage and the Hudson Shakespeare Company. Kaufman, who plays her restless husband Billy, has been seen at New York City’s The Flea Theatre as well as New Jersey theaters Dreamcatcher Rep and 12 Miles West.

Bill Sr., Alice’s more subdued husband, brings Mendham’s Bob Mackasek to the Bickford stage for the first time, but he is no stranger to New Jersey’s regional theaters. Mackasek has appeared in productions at Two River Theatre Company, the Chatham Playhouse, the Barn Theatre, the Princeton Festival, and the Summit Playhouse.

Artistic Director Eric Hafen has more than 25 years theater experience having acted in and directed productions throughout New York, New England and New Jersey, including works off-Broadway and in New Jersey. About Clever Little Lies, he says, “When I saw the show several years ago, I knew it was perfect for our Bickford Theatre audiences, witty, fun and touching. I’m particularly looking forward to Chat Night on Thursday, April 27, when the audience gets to speak with the cast and crew after the show. It is always a great evening.”

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s  NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


music by award-winner Jeanine Tesori, known for  the music for Shrek, Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie
Director: Rob Nissen
Producer: Sam Nissen
Musical Director: Patrick Phillips 
Set Design and Build: Roy Pancirov.

WHEN: Friday, May 5, at 8 p.m. and continues on the 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th at 8 p.m. and on Sundays the 7th and 14th at 2 p.m..
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
TICKETS: Visit the Brown Paper Ticket link HERE or call (800-838- 3006 24/7 Hotline - Ask for "Summit Playhouse" Events) for tickets.

Violet was recently revived on Broadway with Tony winner Sutton Foster in the title role. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of a TV evangelist. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders who teach her about beauty, love, courage and how to overcome the scars that lie beneath our skin.

Eleven talented performers star headed by Stephany Goulart (Violet), Jeffrey Fiorello (Father), Mike King (Preacher), Shan Williams (Flick), Matt Coakley (Monty), Kyra Anthon (Young Violet), Virgil (Will Carey), Laura Berman Fortgang (Old Lady), Thomas Fetner (Leroy/Billy), Bailey Howell (Radio Singer/Bus Passenger), and Sharae Moultrie (Lula Buffington/Music Hall Singer).  


Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller

The path of Francesca Johnson's future seems destined when an unexpected fork in the road causes her to question everything she had come to expect from life. The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question "What if...?"

Written by Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans

This non stop, high flying farce tells the story of Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down, and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard's apartment, and at the same time.

Harper Lee's
Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus. A classic of American literature, To Kill a Mockingbird tells a story of race, class, justice, and growing up that still resonates today.

Coming this Summer...

Don't put your calendar away just yet because next is producer/director Lindsay Maron's summer Kaleidoscope productions opening with 101 Dalmatians running July 21 to July 29. Followed by Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust: A Collection of Disney Songs running from August 3 to 6, and finally ending with a pilot production of a brand new 60-minute adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella running August 9 to 13. Over 150 young performers will be gracing the stage this summer in these fun-filled, family-friendly musicals.

Tickets will go on sale in June/July. Limited spots remain in our 101 Dalmatians program for ages 5-13, visit for more information.


Volunteer at the Playhouse...

Putting on a show requires a lot of volunteers, and we are always looking for those interested in being a part of it. It is great to take part in the many aspects of putting on a production. You get a certain feeling of pride when you see what you have contributed as you watch the show develop and point out that which you did to get it there. Please email us at if you would like to volunteer.



You can watch the video here or find all the details on their website!

WHERE: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliot Street Dover, NJ 07801
Box Office: 973-328-9202

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


A powerful portrait of one woman’s discovery of her own empowerment and the true meaning of intimacy.

The year is 1905. A single African American seamstress is supporting herself by creating elegant lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love she yearned for, but is nothing like she expected. Jade King Carroll (The Piano Lesson) returns to McCarter to direct this tender, exquisitely-written romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat).


  • May  6 – 8pm
  • May 24, 30 – 7:30pm
  • June  4 – 7:30pm

WHERE: McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton


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Girls’ Night Out
WHEN: Thursday, May 25 – 6pm

Enjoy an exclusive pre-show reception and painting class featuring Pinot’s Pallet followed by a 7:30pm performance of Intimate Apparel.


Dialogue on Drama

An in-depth post-show interview with a member of the creative team.

WHEN: Sunday, May 14


Pride Night Party

Princeton’s most vibrant LGBTQ night out!

WHEN: Thursday, May 18 – 6pm


Post-Show Discussions

Highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by an artist from the production and often featuring cast members.

  • Wednesday, May 17
    following the 7:30pm performance
  • Sunday, May 21
    following 2pm performance


Access Programs

Open CaptioningSat, May 27 (3pm)
Audio Described
Wed, May 31 (7:30pm)
American Sign Language Interpreted 
Sat, June 3 (3pm)


Intimate Apparel Opening Night sponsored by

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Circle Players Presents:

ClybourneClybourne Park
by Bruce Norris
directed by Kirk White

WHEN: Fridays: May 5th*, 19th, at 8:00pm;  Saturdays: May 6th, 13th, 20th, at 8:00pm; Sunday: May 14th, 21st, at 3:00pm; A talkback will be held following the Sunday, May 14 performance.
416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway.
TICKETS: $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.
For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at

Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park  spans two generations fifty years apart and borrows a plot line from Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun to examine issues of race, class, and society festering under the floorboards of one particular Chicago home.

Appearing in the cast are: Jonathan Wierzbicki of Ringoes, NJ, as Russ/Dan; Robyn Mandalakis of Somerset, NJ, as Bev/Kathy; Toni Kwadzogah of Somerset, NJ, as Francine/Lena; Steve Yates of Millburn, NJ, as Jim/Tom/Kenneth; Malik Abdul Khaaliq of King of Prussia, PA, as Albert/Kevin; Michael Stratton of Union City, NJ, as Karl/Steve; and Adriana Spizuoco of Millburn, NJ, as Betsy/Lindsey.

*Audiences are invited to join in a special wine and cheese reception in the theater lobby following the opening night performance.



directed by Marc Geller

WHEN: Sneak previews begin May 4th and the play will run thru June 4th for this limited engagement. Opening night with reception is Saturday, May 6 and the play runs through June 4.
: New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch
Tickets are available at 732-229-3166 or online at

Idealistic young director Charlie Vaughn takes a position at a rural college campus and plans to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet—despite the suspicious eye of an old-school drama professor. When Charlie announces his decision to abide by Elizabethan custom and cast a 14-year-old boy as Juliet, he invites the wrath of Annie, an African-American student who believes she has paid her dues in the drama department and is passionately vying for the role. The three become embroiled in a conflict laced with unspoken motives, well-placed lies, and accusations of racism that parallel the greatest works of the Bard.

The cast includes Nadia Brown, John FitzGibbon, and Jacob A. Ware (L-R below).

Monday, April 24, 2017


young frankenstein_SM Presented by Centenary University and Centenary Stage Company’s all student NEXTStage Repertory

Young Frankenstein

WHEN: April 27 through May 7
WHERE: Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performance Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under the age of 12.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900. The box office is open Monday- Friday from 1pm- 5pm, and opens two hours prior to every performance. The CSC box office is located in the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

With a book by Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein opened on Broadway in 2007 and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical.  It was hailed by critics from the New York Post to the LA Times as being dazzling, funny, and glitzy and “classic Brooks.” 

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's.  Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.  Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added with such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz."

The production is directed by CSC Artistic Director & Centenary University Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, Carl Wallnau and Assistant Professor of Theater/Dance and director of CSC’s Young Audience Series, Lea Antolini-Lid.  Wallnau has directed numerous productions including the world premieres of Inventing Montana, The Tillie Project and The Poetry of Pizza, as well as, the American premiere of A Laughing Matter and the New Jersey premieres of Below the Belt, Square One, Rounding Third, and Marvin’s Room.  Antolini-Lid’s performance credits include most recently, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins & A Christmas Carol all at Centenary Stage Company.  Other performance credits include, Floyd Collins and States of Independence at American Musical Theatre Works, The Importance of being Ernest at the New Repertory Theatre in Mass, and many recent productions at The Growing Stage Theatre Co, where she also choreographs and teaches.  Music direction by Jarred Lee, a vocal coach and pianist whose Broadway credits include American Psycho, On the Twentieth Century, and Something Rotten

Young Frankenstein will be performed by NEXTstage Repertory, Centenary University Theater Department’s student based Performance Company under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company.  NEXTstage Repertory provides students with the opportunity to perform along-side the production standard of a fully operational professional regional theater.  The Centenary University Theater Department has been in existence for 17 years and has continued to grow and expand, now boasting a musical theater concentration.  Students are able to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with concentrations in Costume Design, Dance, Performance Studies, Production Management, Technical Theater and Musical Theater.

The 2016- 17 season of performing art events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ Sate Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors. These include Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsor Hackettstown Medical center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, as well as Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Sunday, April 23, 2017



5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

WHEN: Friday, April 28th, and extending for eight shows through Sunday, May 14th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm.
Black River Playhouse, the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue, Chester
TICKETS: $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18.
Tickets may be purchased online at .

It's 1956 and The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are hosting their annual quiche breakfast—and YOU'RE INVITED! They may appear to be docile, suburban housewives on the outside, but as the meeting progresses and the fear of atomic warfare looms nearer, the claws come out along with every skeleton in the sisters' closets!

Evan Linder & Andrew Hobgood both out of Chicago, wrote this winner of the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival, Best Overall Production, which continues to have countless productions across the country.

The talented cast of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche includes Lynn Langone of Cranford in the role of Lulie Stanwick; Nikki Simz of Wharton in the role of Dale Prist; Julie Camelotto of Morristown in the role of Ginny Cadbury; Tracy Lee Witko of Somerville in the role of Veronica Schultz; and D'Angelique Dopson of Rockaway in the role of Wren Robin.

The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member. The theater is located on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. For more information, visit the CTG website at .

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Kerry Headshot


WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017; 12:30PM-4:30PM
Our Lady of Consolation, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ
TUITION: $135 per student
Ages: 11-18
Limited space is available. For more information and to register, visit Aspire PAC at or call 201-220-4933. You can also find Aspire PAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Aspire Performing Arts Company will bring Broadway to the ’burbs, welcoming Tony Award–nominated actress Kerry Butler for a special Broadway Master Class!

This one-day Master Class for aspiring performers ages 11–18 will focus on audition technique and include one-on-one instruction and feedback from Ms. Butler. Students will receive valuable insight into the professional performance process, and learn the keys to a great audition, including selecting the right song, developing a character, and preparing an audition binder.

“I love working with and helping young people achieve their dreams,” Ms. Butler said. “Their enthusiasm is infectious! They are so eager to perform and learn, and it is a great reminder of why I chose this profession.”

Kerry Butler was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Xanadu. Other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Disaster!, Catch Me If You Can, Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Penny Pingleton in the original cast of Hairspray, Eponine in Les Misérables, Blood Brothers, and The Best Man. On television, she has appeared on 30 Rock, The Mindy Project, Rescue Me, Law and Order, Elementary, The Mysteries of Laura, White Collar, Blue Bloods, One Life to Live, and most recently the Gilmore Girls reunion for Netflix, and the feature film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. She has an album of Disney songs entitled Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.

“Since starting Aspire PAC in 2011, it has been my goal to not only provide local children and teens with the chance to participate in theatrical productions, but also to give them opportunities to work directly with Broadway professionals and gain a better understanding of the theater industry,” said President and Artistic Director Lisa Beth Vettoso. “There is no substitute for exposure and access to the best talent, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide that in this Master Class with Kerry Butler.”


Inma Heredia_WebBALAM Dance Theatre Presents

Poetry Moves

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fort Lee Public Library, 320 Main Street,  Fort Lee
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
The library is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on the street and in the lot behind the library building on Hoym Street. For directions and further information, contact the Fort Lee Public Library at 201-592-3615.

Summary: The program features global dances and movements in honor of National Poetry Month and the world's only flamenco comedian, Inma Heredia.

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theatre company, returns to New Jersey to premiere its new Out & About series program, Poetry Moves, created in honor of National Poetry Month to spotlight various modalities of poetic communication.

Toshinori Hamada by Neil SapienzaGlobal Performance
BALAM, a New York City-based company, offers a new vision of contemporary dance by combining diverse cultural dance styles from around the world and time periods with Balinese theatre. This latest cross-cultural program features BALAM’s artists from Spain, Japan, Mexico and the United States: Inma Heredia (above), the world’s first and only flamenco stand-up comedian; Toshinori Hamada (right), Barbara Romero, Yumiko Niimi, artistic director Carlos Fittante, and guest percussionist Guzeli. Performers will dance in beautiful vibrantly colored traditional and fusion costumes.

The program's range of dance forms and movements from around the world will entertain the New Jersey audience. The program will present a Balinese fusion dance, Rhythm Bird, performed to live percussion; the popular Spanish Andalusian dance, Sevillanas Corraleras; the classic Japanese Noh theatre solo, Yashima; and the Romantic Ballet pas de deux, Giselle. Heredia will demonstrate her charismatic humor in the Shakespearean sonnet, My Mistress’ Eyes. She will also sing a popular Spanish song, charming the audience with her critically acclaimed “salero”, charismatic humor. An audience participation segment inspired by the Balinese Kecak, also known as the Monkey Chant, will conclude the program.

Founded by choreographer and movement researcher, Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre offers a new vision of contemporary dance that is rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre.

The New York City-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills, and movement techniques from around world are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

The company educates the community about dances and cultures throughout the world. Through its Out & About Series, free and affordable performances, workshops and creative events at the grassroots level are made available for families, children, students and community residents.

BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Downtown Dance Festival; and has also appeared throughout the United States and internationally. The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York, as well as others.

For further information, call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on its blog,, follow the company on Facebook,, and check for updates on Twitter @BALAMDance.

TOP IMAGE: Inma Heredia in The Melon Peel. Photo Credit: Yi Chun-Wu
RIGHT IMAGE: Toshinori Hamada will perform a Japanese Noh Theatre movement. Photo Credit: Neil Sapienza