Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ONE NIGHT ONLY: CHATHAM PLAYERS’ “SUNDAYS @ 7” FEATURES “THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES”

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"Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series:

The House of Blue Leaves
by John Guare
directed by Gus Ibranyi

WHEN:  One Night ONLY - Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham.
TICKETS: $5 and can be purchased at the door. (photo) directs this evening's reading.
Light snacks provided, patrons are encouraged to BYOB.

Gus Ibranyi 2Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York where he lives with his wife, Bananas, much to the chagrin of Artie's downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus who'll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married.

On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie's son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix stowing a home made-bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie's old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie's dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.

The Cast:

  • Glen D. Post as Artie
  • Scott Baird as Ronnie
  • Carla Kendall as Bunny
  • Debbie Bernstein as Bananas
  • Lindsay Braverman as Corrinna
  • Roseann Ruggerio as Head Nun
  • Maryann Post as Second Nun
  • Nicole Boscarino as Head Nun
  • Roseann Ruggerio as Little Nun
  • John AC Kennedy as Billy Einhorn


With Stage Directions Read by Leslie Williams

Funding has been made possible in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

GUEST REVIEW: HILARIOUS PARODY OF BROADWAY’S GREAT MUSICALS @ WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY

by Rick Busciglio (www.njfootlights.net)

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The Women’s Theater Company is currently presenting Musical of Musicals (The Musical), written by Joanne Bogart (lyrics) and Eric Rockwell (music), The production is billed as “a hilarious satire of musical theatre.” Guess what? It is…hilarious, it is…a satire, it is…a parody of the classics of musical theatre. If these composers and their shows mean nothing to you----Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Jerry Herman, then you may fail to appreciate the clever, funny parody presented in The Musical of Musicals (The Musicals)

One of our best area directors (and choreographers) Lauren Moran Mills has produced a truly superior production of The Musical of Musicals (The Musicals)…truly the equal to the best of “Off-Broadway.” Where has this musical gem been hiding? (more later). The creators (and original NY cast members), Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell, tell the story of the young ingénue who is constantly repeating to her villainous, lecher of a landlord (aren’t they all?) the classic line of a struggling actress (aren’t they all) ‘I can’t pay the rent!’ The sad tale, always with a happy ending, is told five times via an oh so clever parody of the five composers.

In each, 15 to 20 minute, segment we have four characters, the aforementioned ingénue and landlord, plus the young leading man and the older woman. The cast is wonderful; the young actress is nicely played by the fine voiced, attractive newcomer Jenna Rose (Ravenda); the young man Billy, the hero of the piece, is another newcomer, Zachary Mazouat. He is perfect in this role of the imperfect, slightly bumbly, suitor who charms his way to victory (translation: He gets the girl).

Now we come to the two professionals in the cast: the landlord, played with considerable gusto, by another area favorite, Scott McGowan. Scott nails the dastardly villain in his own parody of the baddie from the melodrama The Damsel in Distress. Billed as the Matron, or older woman, is the exceptionally talented, Patricia Durante. Barbara Krajkowski, a certified NJ theater treasure, Artistic Director of the WTC, first introduced us to Patricia several seasons ago in Enchanted April. Since then she has earned ‘standing ovations’ on stages throughout the NY, NJ and PA region. We bestowed a New Jersey Footlights ‘Best Actress’ award for her Always, Patsy (Patsy Cline), also, produced by Barbara and the WTC. Her broad impersonations of Marlene Dietrich and Gloria Swanson are comedy gems. Both Scott and Patricia display great ability to perform with tongues firmly planted in their cheeks. Their obvious pleasure in these roles contributes immensely to the fun.

Now, what is a musical without music? The musical director and lone musician is Deborah Martin. Her piano performance deserves its own round of applause.

The unique fun, for many, in this play is the recognition of the shows and tunes that are being parodied. Thus, we will avoid the temptation to burden you with too much, pleasure robbing, detail. This is a wonderful way to spend two hours. Cast and crew have much to be proud of. Maybe, the best thing I can say to entice you to share in the enjoyment at the little theater in Parsippany, is to reveal that my wife has been on Facebook and the phone sharing her pleasure. Oh yes, you will love the bonus finale.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio Sunday March 26, 2017

musicalCast: Patricia Durante, Scott McGowan, Jenna Rose, Zach Mazouat. Crew:  Producing Artistic Director Barbara Krajkowski, Director/Choreographer Lauren Moran Mills, Musical Director Deborah Martin, Stage Manager Regina Novicky Costumes Frances Harrison, and Props Erica Stepper.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR THE THEATER PROJECT’S COMEDY ABOUT EDUCATION!

$5 off Adult and Senior Tickets when you order by April 1.
Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Friday, April 7 Show ONLY:
Free Tix for Teachers with ID
First come, first served, OR may be reserved on line with $2 service charge

Audio described performance for the sight-impaired:
Thursday, April 6, 8 PM
Call Box Office 908-809-8865.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

NEW JCTC SERIES EXPLORES CAUSES & EFFECTS OF “DISRUPTION”

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DISRUPTION

WHEN: opening March 31st running through June 9th
WHERE:
Mereseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
For more information or to purchase tickets visit: www.jctcenter.org

Nothing is as inevitable as change, but rarely has change been so rapid and tumultuous. From the environment and climate to industries and social systems, we live in a time of constant disorder. What is being lost, what is being gained and how do we survive these sudden and comprehensive upheavals?

Disruption – the new thematic series by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) – looks at the personal, social and political impact of the current era of disorienting change. Through visual arts, theatre, readings, performances and music, JCTC explores topics global in scope yet relevant to the community. The Disruption series examines how our current era of change is impacting individuals, communities and culture.

Disruption will not only be reflected in the array of art, and performances JCTC presents, but in several new developments this nonprofit arts organization has in store for audiences. Most prominently, Disruption will not only take place at Merseles Studios, in its black box theater and art gallery, but as part of the series JCTC will be presenting two shows at the adjacent White Eagle Hall, the first performances of any kind in this newly renovated, historical theater in more than 40 years.

“Art should disrupt the status quo,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “With the Disruption series and by presenting shows to open White Eagle Hall, JCTC begins a new chapter.”

While the current headlines and news feeds may seem like they’re disrupting many aspects of our lives, the series was actually in development long before the Trump era dawned. The environment and climate change was the original inspiration – and remain important aspects of the series – but as JCTC’s Creative Board further developed the theme – a process that includes evaluating proposals and incorporating the responses by artists – it became clear the real topic of the series should not be limited to ecological issues.

“What we discovered was that artists were thinking about disruption in ways we never anticipated,” said Levina. “This series explores how changes to the environment or society impact every day life. When we disrupt the environment, the environment strikes back and disrupts us. By exploring the cause and effect of Disruption, we see more clearly the connections we all share with each other and the universe.”

Disruption features more than a dozen events and includes the first ever JCTC’s shows at White Eagle Hall. Like all JCTC series, Disruption features an art show in the gallery at Mereseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. The March 31st Disruption opening is the first public viewing of the new exhibition and includes an artist reception and Artist Talk as well as previews of upcoming Disruption shows and other performances.

The Disruption art show is curated by Allison Remy Hall, a Jersey City art curator renowned for several acclaimed politically provocative gallery shows in recent years. The art show disrupts the Merseles Studios gallery through site-specific installation and interactive pieces created through artist collaboration, turning the gallery into both exhibit space and exhibited art.

Hall hopes Disruption will not only encourage contemp1lation of the meaning of change, but be a call to action to affect positive change in society. Hall herself is donating her curator’s fee – derived from proceeds of Disruption art sales – to the Sierra Club.

“Now is the time in which everyone must use the tools that they have to address the political and cultural situation at hand—whether it be an individual’s phone call to a representative, or a city’s divestment from an unethical corporation,” said Hall. “The artists participating in Disruption are part of this transformative effort.”

The Disruption Visual Artists include: Luis Alves, Bang!, Andrew Blumenthal, DISTORT, David LaMorte, Shehrezad Maher, Meredith Miotke, Mr. Mustart, Sam Pullin, Giovani Santoro, Fabricio Suarez, and Noah Tavlin.

The Disruption opening begins two months of events presented at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. The series includes Proliferate by Nimbus Dance Works and Now I Know by James Judd, presented at White Eagle Hall, and at Merseles, “Anthology” by The Moving Architects, a woman-centric dance performance as well as new play readings, solo-shows and multimedia performances.

NNJCF’S ARTSBERGEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ARTISTS TO PROVIDE ANTI-LITTERING MESSAGE THROUGH THE ARTS

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Creative Hackensack’s “The Utility ARTBox Project”

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's (NNJCF) ArtsBergen has issued a call for artists, living or working in New Jersey, for Creative Hackensack's "The Utility ARTBox Project" in Hackensack, New Jersey. ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Englewood-based NNJCF, is working with the Hackensack Main Street Alliance's Creative Arts Team (CAT) and the Hackensack Cultural Arts Department to select five artists and/or artist teams to design and paint murals on five utility boxes in the city.

WHEN: Applications are due Monday, April 17, 2017.

Complete application information may be found HERE.  

Selected artists will be notified if their design has been accepted.

For further information, contact NNJCF's ArtsBergen at artsbergen@nnjcf.org or 201-568-5608.

For further information about the Main Street Business Alliance, visit uppermain.org. Follow Creative Hackensack and the Hackensack Creative Arts Team on Facebook for updates about events and activities at www.facebook.com/CreativeHackensack/.

The Hackensack CAT is a group of artists, merchants, organizational leaders and public officials collaborating to implement a creative placemaking plan for the City of Hackensack. Creative placemaking integrates arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost the local economy. The Utility ARTBox is among several projects the CAT has identified to implement the Creative Vision Statement developed with input from various members and sectors of the community.

Litter Prevention Through Art

The project's five goals are:

  • to create public awareness of the negative effects of littering through public art;
  • to beautify the community of Hackensack by incorporating public art into ordinary elements of the city such as utility boxes;
  • to provide art-based work opportunities for local artists to celebrate their work through public showcases;
  • to engage and delight passersby and residents; and
  • to endorse arts and culture as a powerful tool to transform, connect, and serve the city of Hackensack.

Funding for the project is provided in part by a Clean Communities Grant, with a primary focus on litter prevention. Each box will serve as a canvas for a painted mural illustrating a clear message of anti-littering, litter prevention, the damages of littering to a community and how anti-littering behavior enhances an area. The incorporation of elements that engage the public is encouraged.

NNJCF's ArtsBergen is recruiting the artists, managing the submission process and working with its partners to implement the project. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply and either work or live in New Jersey. A committee will select the artists based on creativity of design, experience, artistic excellence, and how clearly the theme of litter prevention is communicated.

About NNJCF
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Englewood, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

About ArtsBergen
ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative's mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts. For more information, visit www.nnjcf.org, send an email to artsbergen@nnjcf.org, or call 201-568-5608.

About Hackensack Main Street Alliance
Established in 2004, the Hackensack Main Alliance is a public private partnership between the business community and the City of Hackensack. The organization’s mission is to address the issues facing the business community with the goal of improving the local economy and the City’s overall business climate. Since its inception, the Upper Main Alliance has provided Main Street with aesthetic improvements, clean and green programs, merchant grants, and marketing and events such as the Hackensack Street Festival.

FILM ABOUT MUSLIM REFUGEE & A STRAY DOG: THIS TUESDAY IN NEWARK!

 

Rutgers Center for Migration & The Global City  •  Hahne Building, Room 419, 54 Halsey Street  •  Newark, NJ 07102

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

REVIEW: “BAD JEWS” A DELECTABLE DISH @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE

By Ruth Ross

The death of a beloved relative and the distribution of his or her possessions can wreak havoc on familial relationships, causing ruptures that often fester for decades. The havoc is exacerbated when the possessions include historical artifacts, especially those related to the Holocaust.

If the thought of such squabbling makes you uncomfortable, brace yourself for the antics onstage in George Street Playhouse’s current offering, Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon. Originally produced at the Roundabout Theatre in New York, the play’s title has a double meaning. On one hand, the characters rate their “Jewishness” relative to their investment in and familiarity with the culture and religion; on the other hand, over the course of 90 minutes, we get to witness some very bad behavior in all its awful glory.

The source of contention among the three Haber-Feygenbaum cousins, brothers Liam and Jonah and cousin Daphna, is the gold chai (the Hebrew letters for “life”) necklace worn by “Poppy,” their very recently deceased grandfather for much of his long life. Daphna believes she should get it because she, after all, she the “best” Jew of the three, changing her name from Diana to the Hebrew Daphna, spending time in Israel with plans to wed a man she met there, and able to read and recite the Hebrew prayers. She’s adamant and girded for war. Her nemesis Liam (Hebrew name Shlomo, which he doesn’t care to divulge) is the oldest of the three; he wants the chai to use it to propose to his girlfriend, just as Poppy used it to propose to their grandmother. He’s arrogant, sure that he deserves the necklace—in short, a worthy opponent for Daphna. As for Jonah, he doesn’t want to be involved. He doesn’t claim any rights to the chai and would rather remove himself from the ensuing battle. Watching all this unfold is the blonde shiksa Melody, who is as uncomfortable as we are and a bit bewildered at the verbal assault taking place. (Above: Laura Lapidus and Amos VanderPoel)

Under the taut direction of Jessica Stone (in her debut at GSP), the quartet of very talented young actors moves the action steadily, inexorably to a surprising denouement. Laura Lapidus (Daphna) and Alec Silberblatt (Liam) literally own the stage; their huge personas spill over into the playhouse auditorium, and their quivering outrage makes the rafters shake. They are worthy opponents: Lapidus, perfect as the loud, judgmental, opinionated, motor-mouth, “poorer” middle cousin; Silberblatt as the entitled, narcissistic, equally obnoxious scion of the extended family, who steamrolls the others, especially his younger brother. He is a bundle of nerves from the moment he enters the swanky Upper West Side studio apartment (designed by Charlie Corcoran) that serves as the battlefield. Albeit filled with two air mattresses and a pull-out sofa, it is precisely the type of pad purchased by millionaire parents for their offspring (It’s down the hass from the Habers). (Above: Lapidus, Alec Silberblatt and Maddie Jo Landers)

But don’t sell the two quieter characters short. Amos VanderPoel (right, with Silberblatt) portrays Jonah as a schlub of the first order, his mumbling discomfort palpable as he tries to avoid being drawn into the whirlwind around him. Physically, he looks as though he’d rather be anywhere else but here, often shrinking into a corner or lurking near the door to the hallway as though he’d like to escape. As Melody, collateral damage in this brawl, Maddie Jo Landers’ cluelessness is rather endearing. Wide-eyed, spilling personal details (unwittingly giving Daphna ammo to use against Liam), naive, her character is clearly out of her element; her exchange with Daphna over her ethnic origins is a tour de force of naiveté vs. wily snarkiness. And when called upon to sing something “operatic to” calm Daphna, her failure may be epic (think Florence Foster Jenkins), but our sympathy for her increases with each note!

Lest you think Bad Jews is one long, relentless rant, there are some funny and tender moments when the cousins reveal their love for each other and their family. They know so well the story of the chai’s survival through Poppy’s internment in Auschwitz that they can finish each others’ sentences. And recalling a disastrous family dinner at Mt. Fuji Restaurant sends the three into uncontrollable gales of laughter accompanied by lots of rolling on the floor in glee, as Melody looks on, mystified (above).

Production values are, once again, top notch. Sarah Laux has appropriately dressed the actors as typical twenty-somethings; J. Jared Janas’ wig and hair design strikes the right note between the two women. Christopher J. Bailey’s lighting conveys the passage of time, and Drew Levy’s use of music fittingly takes us from Hassidic nigun at the beginning to a more contemporary Israeli song at the end. Gerardo Rodriguez is to be commended on his fight direction; the physical altercation in the penultimate scene looks real—and vicious.

Good Jew? Super Jew? Uber Jew or Bad Jew—which cousin fills the bill? To be sure, there’s a plethora of bad behavior in Bad Jews, but notice, the title is plural, so the verdict is not clear-cut. Just trying to figure out who’s who will make your head spin, but the ending (no spoiler) will hit you in the gut and leave you thinking (and talking) as you leave the theater. With their interplay of comedy and tragedy, family interactions offer fresh meat for playwrights looking to entertain us—even as they provoke us to think. Joshua Harmon and the folks at George Street Playhouse have cooked up a splendid dish in Bad Jews. Now, come; eat a little. You won’t go away hungry.

Bad Jews will be performed at the George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, through April 9. For information and tickets, call the box office at 732.246.7717 or visit www.GSPonline.com

Photos by T. Charles Erickson.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

“NJ MUSICAL THEATRE COMPOSERS SHOWCASE” @ 4TH WALL FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!

WHEN: April 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm
WHERE:
Westminster Arts Center @ Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ  07003
TICKETS: $16 – $23
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One Night Only!

4th Wall is excited and proud to bring you some of New Jersey's best and brightest new Musical Theatre composers.

This concert will feature the new works of Gonzalo Valencia and Michael Campbell, Lawrence Dandridge, David Maglione and Tom Dziuba, Kevin M. Lynch, Wendy Feaver, Max Silverman and Ellington Berg, Clint Edwards and Jon Provan.

Their songs, both stand-alone pieces and songs from their complete musicals, will be performed by instrumentalists and singers from all over New Jersey and from the 4th Wall family.

Best of all, you will get to hear a couple of new musical "pitches," in which composing teams will present a segment of one of their latest new works-in-progress, and you will get to be among the first audiences to respond with your feedback!

PLEASE NOTE: The showcase may include some adult language.

PERFORMERS INCLUDE:
Christopher Dylan Herbert, Greta Kleckner, Rusty Reynolds, Alexa Canelos, Madeline Chandler, Jessica Phipps, Chris Traina, Chris Frazier, Trey McCoy, Ellie Kallay, Brynn Owen, Madeline Fansler, Jeff Sundheim, Julie Galorenzo, Todd Shumpert, Fia Fusco, Luke Surretsky, Izzy Figueroa, Spencer Kiely,    Erin Long, Alex Carr, Blane Pressler, Sharmelle Hunte,
Jeanel Leblanc, Alneesha Harris, Kayla Stewart, Seychelle Folson,
Ashley Leone, Mimi B. Francis, Mariah Ralph, Erica Philpot,
Marcel Ringold, Martin Carpenter, George Johnson, Jacquis Smith,
Robert Marerro, Marcus Beckett, Johnathan Douglas, Kirk Jasen Lambert,
Roy Graquitena, Christian Stewart, and Travis Prol.

Friday, March 24, 2017

THINK: FREE TIX FOR TEACHERS @ THE THEATER PROJECT, APRIL 7 ONLY

Friday, April 7 Show ONLY: Free Tix for Teachers with ID
First come, first served, OR  may be reserved on line with $2 service charge.
Educator-led discussions after each Friday night performance.


Audio described performance for the sight-impaired:
Thursday, April 6, 8 PM
Call Box Office 908-809-8865.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

“IN THE HEIGHTS” EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!

IN THE HEIGHTS
By Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed and Choreographed by Luis Salgado
With a Cast of 24 Up-and-Coming NY Actors

WHEN: SAT. APRIL 1 AT 2 PM and 8 PM!
WHERE:
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
TICKETS: $25, $36
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Working closely with “Hamilton” and “Heights” Tony Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, Luis Salgado was the Latin dance choreographer for the Broadway production and also created the role of Jose in the original cast. “My very first journey with this show was an explosion of pride through its movement as I worked next to Andy Blankenbuehler enhancing the choreographic authenticity in numbers like 'Carnaval' and the 'Club' among others.”

Considered one of the foremost Latin dance specialists in the country, Salgado, working with a cast of 24 up-and-coming young professional actors, has been exploring the musical from the ground up. “Working with this cast is a very rewarding adventure…Not only have we explored and built this passionate musical but we have done it in a way where ‘the process’ has been the priority on every step of the journey, allowing a unique ownership of the character and community moments in the show.”

Leading the cast is Jonathan Mousset portraying Usnavi de la Vega. Born of Venezuelan parents in Tampa, Fla., Mousset has been preparing to play the Lin-Manuel role for nearly a decade. “At the beginning I felt immense pressure in playing a role created by one of the most influential people of our generation. I've honestly been preparing for this moment since the cast recording came out in 2008, so the challenge has been letting go of this idea I've had of the character for so long and sincerely drawing from my own experiences, because this character IS me!”

The female lead, Elizabeth Ritacco, grew up in Toms River, NJ, and will be playing Nina Rosario. Like the other 23 members of the cast, Ritacco is making her APAC debut in “In the Heights” and has been loving the experience. “Within the first month of rehearsal, I had found that Luis has challenged me to find things within me that I never knew I was capable of. He encourages us all to embrace failure, to explore the humanity of every character and their relationships and to never stop connecting and playing with each other.… I've grown ten feet as a performer and as a person, and I have Luis and his huge heart to thank for all of it.”

Salgado, a Puerto Rican American who lives in Manhattan, was honored to be a part of the original Broadway production team and cast and is thrilled to be sharing his own authentic vision of the show with NJ audiences. “For me, ‘In the Heights’ has always been a project of the heart. It elevates my spirit to know that a show honors my Latino community in a pure celebration of the people and heritage.” Working with the APAC cast has enabled him to find new resonances in the story, the music and the dance. “It's in so many ways an ensemble dream piece the same way it was when I first experienced it. I really invite people to come take part of all the growth these actors are bringing with honesty to the stage.”

Salgado’s team includes assistant director-choreographer John Alix and associate director Valeria Cossu, musical director Walter “Bobby” McCoy, associate musical director David Maglione, production consultant Heather Hogan, set designer Andrew D’Agostino, lighting designer Robert Rutt, sound designer Gerry Gironda, costume designers Fred Mayo and Debra Thime and properties manager Susan Bloir. In addition to Jonathan Mousset (Usnavi) and Elizabeth Ritacco (Nina), the cast includes: Maité Uzal (Abuela Claudia), Laura Lebron (Vanessa), Jordan J. Adams (Benny), Matthew Oster (Sonny), Shadia Fairuz (Camila Rosario), José Fernando (Kevin Rosario), Tanya DeLeón (Daniela), Danelle Rivera (Carla), Joomin Hwang (Graffiti Pete) and Roberto Araujo (Piragua Guy) and ensemble members Joelle Anderson, Adam Bourque, Aaron Cobos, Miguel Flores, Myriam Gadri, Andre Malcolm, Marcel March, Bryan Ernesto Menjivar, Amaya Perea, Jenna Perez, Nathalia Raigosa and Susan Ramirez.

THIS WEEKEND @ WILLIAM PATERSON U’S SHEA CENTER

The WP Music Department presents

I Want My 80's Back: The Best of MTV's Early Years 

WHEN: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS:  $25 General Admission; $20 William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens; $10 All Students

Featuring special guests Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman.  Music Director: Grammy Award winner (with Lady Gaga) & WP alumnus Rob Fusari

Experience the 1980s in this tribute to the early years of MTV, featuring performances by WP music students, along with McDaniels and Fusari. Re-live the music of Whitney Houston, Run DMC, Prince, Toto, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, and many more in this fundraiser for WP music scholarships.

A Special Message from DMC

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Girls, Guns, and Glory

WHEN: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 8:00 PM

WHERE: Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $20 General Admission

Playing Country Rock Classics by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis & Others, Plus Their Own Originals

The group's love for early rock 'n' roll, true country, raw blues and pretty much any kind of authentic American music makes for an electrifying concert. 

"Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classical American rock 'n' roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison," - The Boston Globe

Songs from their 2017 album Love and Protest that debuted at #25 on the AMA Top 40 chart and presently remains in the Top 40.


Looking for Cajun/Creole style eats before the show? Check out:

Seafood Village
777 Hamburg Tpke., Wayne, NJ 07470  973.832.7738

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