Wednesday, December 1, 2021

George Street Playhouse Honors Terrence McNally with ITS ONLY A PLAY Starring Two-Time Tony Nominee Kristine Nielsen 

George Street Playhouse (GSP) is excited to continue their return to in-person performances 

It’s Only a Play
by award-winning playwright and Broadway legend Terrence McNally.
co-directed by Kevin Cahoon and Colin Hanlon 

WHEN: November 30, running through December 19, 2021.
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
start at $25 and can be purchased online at

A Broadway opening night party in the producer’s stylish home brings together a delicious cacophony of characters—playwrights, producers, actors and wannabes—proving the old adage “there’s no people like show people” with an armload of wit, warmth and winter coats. 

It’s Only a Play is a laugh-out-loud comedy love letter to the resilience of live theatre, and an homage to the people that—even when things seem impossible—always believe that the marquee will be lit again, and the show must go on.

Originally produced by GSP in the spring of 2021 as part of the company’s Virtual Season, this production now marks George Street Playhouse’s return to the Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theatre in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. GSP last performed in the beautiful, state-of-the-art venue for their triumphant debut performance in their new home two years ago in the fall of 2019.

“We are delighted that audiences will now have the opportunity to experience this wonderful comedy TOGETHER in the theatre, and that we can all share our laughter and joy with one another.” said Artistic Director David Saint. “Terrence McNally was an old friend and a treasure of the American Theatre. Producing this play as we return to live performances this season feels like a perfect way to celebrate his life and our love for our theatre-going audiences. An opening night party is a ritual we’ve all missed... Watch as they celebrate theirs!”

The design and production team includes: David Arsenault (Scenic Design), Alan Edwards (Lighting Design), Samantha Flint (Production Stage Manager), Charles G. LaPoint (Wig Design), Ryan Rumery (Sound Design, Music and Sound Editor) and Alejo Vietti (Costume Design). Casting by Pat McCorkle, McCorkle Casting, Ltd.

It’s Only a Play is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

About The Cast

Lindsey Nicole Chambers (Julia Budder) TV/Film: Dickinson (AppleTV+), Fosse/Verdon (Leland Palmer, FX), Gail Liner in Submissions Only. Broadway/Tours: Kinky Boots (Lauren, First Nat’l Tour), Elf (Jovie, Nat’l Tour), Lysistrata Jones (Robin), Legally Blonde,

Greg Cuellar (Frank Finger) Greg Cuellar is an LA-based actor, grateful to be returning to George Street Playhouse. Greg recently made his network television debut on New Amsterdam (NBC). Select NYC credits: Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage); Play On! Shakespeare Festival (CSC/OSF); Jeremy O. Harris’ the feels...KMS (American AF Festival); development workshops for Apple TV, Playwrights Realm, The Lark, Trans Theatre Lab, The Civilians, and more; former residency at The International WOW Company. Education: Columbia University.

Doug Harris (Gus P. Head) Doug is an actor and playwright based out of NYC. He is thrilled to join the team at George Street Playhouse for this wonderful production. Select NYC Credits: Disco Pigs (Drama League), The Rape of The Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthias (Playwrights Realm), The Glass Menagerie (Masterworks Theater Company), Unity: 1918 (Project: Theater).

Mark Junek (James Wicker) Mark's previous George Street Playhouse appearances include American Son and Concience. Other credits include Gary and The Performers on Broadway, Final Follies at the Cherry Lane, The Hairy Ape at the Park Avenue Armory, Frankenstein at the Denver Center, The Forgotten Woman at Bay Street Theatre, After All The Terrible Things I Do at Milwaukee Rep, The Vibrator Play at Syracuse Stage. Television credits include The Outs, Blindspot, Forever, Smash and Law & Order: SVU. Mark is a graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School Drama Division.

Kristine Nielsen (Virgina Noyes) Broadway: Present Laughter; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony® nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award); Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus (Tony® nomination) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Spring Awakening; The Greenbird; Jackie; and The Iceman Cometh. Off-Broadway: Young Man from Atlanta, Hir; Why Torture Is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them; Omnium Gatherum; Our Leading Lady; Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award); Dog Opera (Obie Award). Regional work at Williamstown, Guthrie, McCarter, Old Globe, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, The Alley, and The Goodman Theatre. Film and TV includes: The Gilded Age on HBO, Theresa Rebeck’s Trouble, Happyish, Elementary, Morning Glory, The Savages, Small Time Crooks, Political Animals, NBC’s Sound of Music Live!, Amazon’s Zelda. Graduate of Northwestern and the Yale School of Drama.

Patrick Richwood (Peter Austin) Many films, television roles and commercials have made Patrick’s face a familiar one worldwide and his work on screen has been dubbed in eleven languages. Stage favorites: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Goat in The Robber Bridegroom, Treplev in The Seagull, Smee Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby and Ellard in The Foreigner (Helen Hayes Award). 

Triney Sandoval (Ira Drew) BROADWAY: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Marvin’s Room, Macbeth, A Free Man of Color, A Man for All Seasons, Frost/Nixon. TV: Prodigal Son, The Black List, Elementary, The Sopranos, recurring roles on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.

Colin Hanlon (Co-Director) is the Co-producer & star of Submissions Only. TV/Film: Modern Family, Difficult People, The Sinner, The Good Fight, and will be recurring on Uncoupled on Netflix this spring. Four shows at George Street Playhouse, most recently The Nerd dir. Kevin Cahoon. Four seasons at NYS&F and The O’Neill. Next Fall (regional premiere St. Louis Rep). @ColinHanlon

Kevin Cahoon (Co-Director) directed the critically acclaimed production of The Nerd for George Street Playhouse. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatre, as well as on television and film. Theatre highlights include roles in the original Broadway companies of The Lion King, The Wedding Singer, the revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and he made his Broadway debut in The Who’s Tommy. the original off-Broadway company of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Foreigner at The Roundabout (Lortel Nomination); and at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, MTC, The Old Globe, and The Guthrie, among others. He has directed developmental productions at NYC’s Ars Nova, for the comedy duo Tastiskank, and four consecutive record-breaking galas for New York Theatre Workshop.

About George Street Playhouse

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint since 1997, and Kelly Ryman—Managing Director since 2013, the Playhouse produces groundbreaking new works, inspiring productions of the classics, and hit Broadway plays and musicals that speak to the heart and mind, with an unwavering commitment to producing new work. As New Brunswick’s first producing theatre, George Street Playhouse became the cornerstone of the revitalization of the City’s arts and cultural landscape. With its 45-year history of producing nationally renowned theatre, the Playhouse continues to fill a unique theatre and arts education role in the city, state and greater metropolitan region.

Beginning with the 2019-20 Season, George Street Playhouse moved to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in downtown New Brunswick. Featuring two state-of-the-art theatres -- The Arthur Laurents Theater with 253 seats and The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater which seats 465-- and myriad amenities, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center marks a new era in the esteemed history of George Street Playhouse.

Founded by Eric Krebs, George Street Playhouse, originally located in an abandoned supermarket on the corner of George and Albany Streets, was the first professional theatre in New Brunswick. In 1984, the Playhouse moved to a renovated YMCA on Livingston Avenue, and in 2017 took temporary residence in the former Agricultural Museum at Rutgers University during construction of its new home.

The Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway. In 2018, George Street Playhouse was represented on Broadway with Gettin’ the Band Back Together which premiered on the Playhouse mainstage in 2013. American Son, produced by George Street Playhouse in 2017, opened on Broadway in 2018 starring Kerry Washington and Stephen Pasqual, and will appear on Netflix. Other productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger. In 2015, It Shoulda Been You opened on Broadway and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies opened off-Broadway. Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse. Others include the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at the Playhouse during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.

George StreetmPlayhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

Chatham Players Invites You to Wiesenthal, a One-Man Show by Tom Dugan

The Chatham Community Players present the one-man play 

by Tom 
with Christopher C. Gibbs as Simon Wiesenthal 
directed by Mark Liebert

WHEN: December 10 and 11 at 8 PM at the Chatham Playhouse. 
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham

The play is performed with no intermission and, there will be a Talk Back after each performance. 

The play, set in 2003, two years before his death, relates the details of a few of his investigations. Among them were the pursuit of Franz Stangl, the former commandant of the Treblinka death camp, and the search for the officer who arrested Anne Frank. Wiesenthal’s persistence and hard-won humor are well conveyed throughout the 90-minute running time.

Simon Wiesenthal was a Jewish Holocaust survivor who became internationally famous for relentlessly pursuing and bringing to justice nearly 1,100 Nazi war criminals. On the day of his retirement, Simon Wiesenthal invites one last group of students into his office. With warmth, wit and surprising humor the famed “Nazi Hunter” recounts how he tracked down history’s most notorious killers, warning his young friends that although progress has been made since WWII, the human savage still lurks just below this wafer-thin veil of civilization.

Actor Christopher C. Gibbs first appeared on stage in 1961. Since then, he has performed in over 80 productions (plays, musicals and operas). After serving with the US Army for 18 months in Vietnam, he attended graduate school, receiving his doctorate in History in 1980. He taught college for over 30 years, with occasional forays on stage. He retired from teaching five years ago to pursue acting full time. He is the author of eight books, including six crime novels in the Highland County Mystery series, several case studies for Harvard Business School, and articles on various aspects of American History for scholarly journals. He is passionately committed to the message contained in Tom Dugan's wonderful play about Simon Wiesenthal.

All audience members over 12 years of age must be fully vaccinated in order to attend a performance. In addition, all patrons must wear a face covering at all times when inside the theater. Disposable masks will be provided at all performances for patrons who don’t have their own.

Tickets can be purchased Online. To access the theater’s new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to The service is available 24 hours a day and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs.

What a century it has been! While the faces & talent have changed over the decades, the Chatham Community Players have been making memories in Chatham, NJ for generations. We celebrate the 100th milestone this season and hope you will join us in making this season extra special. For more information, including details of our 2021-2022 season, visit

New Jersey Youth Symphony Presents December Concerts at Dolan Hall at Saint Elizabeth University

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) continues to celebrate its return to the concert stage for the 2021-22 season with three concerts. Presenting works spanning from the Romantic era to present day, the family-friendly concerts will showcase the youth orchestra program’s varied ensembles, from strings, flutes, and woodwinds to full orchestra and jazz. 

WHEN: December 4 and 5 
WHERE: Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center at Saint Elizabeth University located at 2 Convent Road in Morristown
TICKETS: $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
Tickets are available at

Appearing under the batons of Michelle Hatcher, Nevena Bojovic, and Natasha Loomis, respectively, the NJYS Primo Strings, Concertino Strings, Sinfonia, and Flute Ensembles will perform works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Valerie Coleman, Soon Hee Newbold, and more on Saturday, December 4, at 1:00 p.m. 

The NJYS Concertino Winds, Clarinet Ensemble, and CL4tet led by Bryan Rudderow and the NJYS Philharmonia led by Mark Gunderman will perform works by Brahms, Puccini, Emma Lou Diemer, and more on Saturday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m.

NJYS Jazz, featuring the award-winning Jazz Orchestra led by Dion Tucker, Big Band led by Gregory Williams, and Saxophone Ensemble led by Benjamin Kovacs, will delight audiences with the music of Ellington, Mingus, Miles Davis, and more on Sunday, December 5, at 3:00 p.m.

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), founded in 1979, is a tiered orchestral program offering ensemble education for students in grades 3-12 across New Jersey. NJYS has grown from one orchestra of 65 students to over 500 students in 15 different orchestras and ensembles, including the internationally recognized Youth Symphony. NJYS ensembles have performed in venues including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NJYS has received numerous prestigious awards for its adventurous programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and has had six European tours, including participation in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival and Competition (Vienna), winning First Prizes in July 2014 and 2017.

Now in its 43rd season, NJYS continues to achieve musical excellence through intensive instruction and high-level performance. Under the guidance of a talented team of conductors, coaches, and teaching artists, students are immersed in challenging repertoire, learning the art of ensemble playing, and exploring their potential in a supportive and inclusive environment. NJYS remains committed to programming works by diverse composers and featured 20th century African American and women composers such as Duke Ellington, George Walker, Yvonne Desportes, Emma Lou Diemer, Julia Perry, and Florence Price.

The New Jersey Youth Symphony is a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. Wharton is New Jersey’s largest non-profit performing arts education organization serving over 1,500 students of all ages and abilities through a range of classes and ensembles. In addition to the New Jersey Youth Symphony, programs include the Paterson Music Project and Performing Arts School. The mission of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is to offer accessible, high quality performing arts education that sparks personal growth and builds inclusive communities.

Luna Stage Re-Opens with #RIFT 

Water in My Hands Receives World Premiere at Vivid Stage December 2- 12

Vivid Stage, formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, presentS
the world premiere production of 

Water in My Hands
by Emma Gibson 

WHEN: December 2 through 12; Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Special dates: Thursday, December 2, is a preview performance
Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit
TICKETS$25 to $39, with special rates for subscribers and groups. For touchless advance ticket purchases, go to our website.  Preview tickets are $25. Sunday, December 5, is Senior Sunday; seniors age 65+ pay $25. Talkbacks follow the December 5 and December 12 matinees.
For more information, call 908-514-9654. The theatre at Oakes Center is wheelchair accessible. The parking lot is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theatre. For information on any of Vivid Stage's programs, please call 908-514-9654,
All audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the box office.

Water in My Hands has received readings in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC on its way to this production. In the play, Sorrel is busy preparing for her wedding even though her fiancĂ© has just died, and Maria’s eyebrows are still not growing back. Gerry wants to know if the weather will improve so that he can lie on his back in the grass. Through a series of interweaving accounts, Water in My Hands lays bare the power of grief, and asks, "How do we move on when we are haunted by the life that we have not yet lived?"

Emma Gibson is a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia. In the UK she worked as an actress in both new writing and classical theatre and also worked as a freelance journalist for The Guardian Newspaper. She was the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite, a theatre company in Philadelphia, and spent 7 years producing work and commissioning playwrights. Since 2017 she has been working as a playwright and her plays have been selected, developed, read or performed at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, PlayPenn, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Spooky Action Theatre Company, DC, Miranda Theatre Company at The Cherry Lane, NYC, and Vivid Stage NJ.

She was recently announced as the winner of The Pittsburgh Public Theater’s inaugural new play competition and was selected for Panndora’s Box, a festival of new plays by Panndora Productions in LA. She has been a finalist and a semi-finalist for The O'Neill New Play Conference (2021, 2020), a finalist for Kitchen Dog’s New Works Festival 2020, a finalist for the Henley Rose New Play Competition 2021, a finalist for Headwaters at Creede Rep 2021 a semi-finalist for Premiere Stages at Kean 2020, a semi-finalist for Ashland New Plays 2021 and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2021. Her poetry has been published by Willowdown Books (Poems from the Lockdown) and Indolent Books (What Rough Beast).

Directed by Jan Mandel, founder of Luna Stage, the cast includes Vivid Stage ensemble members Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair), Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), and Daria M. Sullivan (Montclair), and guest Thomas Vorsteg (New York).

Vivid Stage will require all visitors to show proof of vaccination and a photo ID for all events, and to mask throughout their time in the facility. Proof of vaccination may include a valid paper vaccination record, a photo of a valid vaccination record, the NJ Docket App, or equivalent app from your state. Visitors who are under 12 years old—and therefore ineligible for vaccination—are exempt from the requirement but must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult and masked throughout the performance.

About Vivid Stage:

Vivid Stage was founded in 1994 as Dreamcatcher Rep and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing contemporary, life-affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain. Our work has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people and the power of live performance to connect people through our shared humanity. We expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own with the intention of awakening their imaginations and creating empathy for others. We deepen the experience of all our patrons with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Vivid Stage’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and many other corporations, foundations and individuals. Vivid Stage is an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Vivid Stage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated under the laws
of the State of New Jersey.


Gesenia Erolin and the Ronstadt Revue

WHEN: Sunday, December 5, at 7pm
Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook, one block from the Bound Brook Train station and a few short miles from Rt 22, 287, and 78
TICKETS: at or 732-469-7700. Box Office Opens at 6 pm for regular price walk-up sales. All seats are reserved socially distanced.

This talented vocalist and her band cover every style of music that Linda Ronstadt performed during her illustrious 40+ year career.

Gesenia not only has the look, tone, and vocal strength of Linda Ronstadt, she grew up in a bilingual household, singing both Spanish and English songs since her earliest days.

The 7-piece band of world-class musicians (some of whom have backed such notables as Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and Andrea Bocelli), bring a remarkably authentic experience to every show.

From the beloved Blue Bayou and powerful You’re No Good, to the soulful Eagles ballad, Desperado, standards such as I’ve Got a Crush on You, and even chart-topping Spanish tunes such as Perfidia.

Gesenia doesn’t just channel Ronstadt’s vibrant sound, she embodies her very spirit. There are tribute bands, and then there is RONSTADT REVUE! Don’t miss it this tribute to Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt.

Concessions, Bar and Free Parking are available.

Just Added! The Doo Wop Project Holiday Show at Kean University 

The Doo Wop Project Holiday Show

WHEN: Saturday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083.
from $28-$50 and can be purchased online at or by contacting the Box Office at (908) 737-7469.
The Box Office is currently open Monday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

The Doo Wop Project makes its triumphant return to Kean Stage after their outdoor, live performance at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium in October 2020, the first concert Kean Stage produced after the March 2020 shutdown. This time around, The Doo Wop Project will delight you with their favorite holiday songs from their holiday album Merry Christmas! From The Doo Wop Project, such as Last Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Featuring stars from the Broadway hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and A Bronx Tale, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

“Yes, we need a little holiday spirit, right this very moment,” said Steve Cochran, Manager of Kean Stage. “It has been two years since we last came together, live, to celebrate the season with uplifting songs and high energy performances that gets the crowd up on its feet. The Doo Wop Project delivers that and much more. We couldn’t be happier to bring them back for the holidays.”

To ensure the safety of all patrons and staff, Kean Stage will implement specific safety protocols for all indoor performances. 

  • Masks will be required for audiences attending indoor performances, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • All seating will be sanitized between performances and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the lobby. 
  • Touchless ticketing, as well as printed and digital playbills will be available for all patrons.

Kean Stage is committed to representing diversity, equity and inclusion in its programming, as well as creating an accessible theatre experience for all. Kean Stage offers assisted listening devices upon request.

Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several opportunities to explore the performing arts through master classes, workshops, lectures, and employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff. Visit

Founded in 1855, Kean University is one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving more than 16,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers six doctoral degree programs and more than 80 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union, Toms River, Jefferson and Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit


Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2022

Dancing with the Stars—Live Tour 2022

Wed, January 19, at 8pm

America’s favorite dance show returns to the State Theatre with Dancing with the Stars—Live Tour 2022! Your favorite dancers from this iconic television series hit the stage this winter with an ALL-NEW SHOW. Starring Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Britt Stewart, and more to come! Fans will see time honored dances like the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango—and everything in between. Join us for a theatrical dance show you can’t miss!







A World Premiere Musical

 Elliot & Me

 Opens this Thursday, December 2nd



Elliot and Me is a musical comedy based on the lives of songwriter Elliot Willensky and his younger brother Steven. The brothers have written a 2-man show they are preparing to pitch to legendary Broadway producer Max Stone.

It’s a heartfelt story of brotherly love based on a powerful bond that has grown through the years. Elliot is a charming, free-spirited ladies' man overflowing with talent and joie de vivre... with a knack to drive Steven crazy. Elliot and Steven both reflect on the volatile ups and downs of their shared experiences: from their raucous "wonder years" growing up in Bayonne, NJ; to the painful conflict when Elliot defies the expectations of his traditional middle-class Jewish family and drops out of medical school to write pop songs; to Elliot's rise to stardom writing hits for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and Steven’s starry-eyed admiration for his Hollywood lifestyle; and eventually to their role reversals when Elliot’s career hits a few bumps in the road and he needs to rely on Steven for help.


Photos by Chase Newhart

With Eric Briarley and Drew Seigla





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Chris Redd

Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?
Sat, Jan 8 @ 8PM
Pre-sale Code: REDD22

Saturday Night Live star Chris Redd takes a Saturday night off to bring the laughs to NJPAC.

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Eric D'Alessandro

Eric D'Alessandro
Fri, Apr 29 @ 7 & 9:30PM
Pre-sale Code: ERICEARLY 

Comedy star and YouTube sensation Eric D’Alessandro brings his raw, unfiltered perspective to the NJPAC stage.

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Sat, Jun 11 @ 7PM 
Pre-sale Code: NEMR2022

Born in Lebanon and raised in California, stand-up comic NEMR brings audiences together around the world.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

Wed, Dec 1 @ 7:30PM
The universe’s favorite astrophysicist returns to NJPAC.

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The Princess Bride: 
An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

Fri, Dec 3 @ 7:30PM
Inconceivable! Actor Cary Elwes hosts a screening of The Princess Bride followed by a tell-all discussion. 

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Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Christmas

Amy Grant and
Michael W. Smith 

Sun, Dec 5 @ 7:30PM
Christian artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will make your heart soar and lift you into the spirit of the season.

Co-produced by Metropolitan Entertainment​​​​​​

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Earth, Wind & Fire
Tue, Dec 7 @ 8PM
Wed, Dec 8 @ 8PM

Earth, Wind & Fire will turn NJPAC into a “Boogie Wonderland” for two nights. Get your tickets and “Let’s Groove!” 

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Giving Tuesday
Tue, Nov 30
It's Giving Tuesday! Give the gift of music, dance, theatre...and more!

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Sally Hong

Wellness Wednesday with Sally Hong
Wed, Dec 1 @ 7:30PM 
Get in the holiday spirit with this virtual dance class led by Radio City Rockette Sally Hong!


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