Monday, June 17, 2019


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


Mike Kaplan Nonet: Duke Meets Monk

WHEN: June 23 @ 3:00 pm
WHERE: Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, College Drive, Toms River, NJ

The Mike Kaplan Nonet combines the strength, cohesion, and varied tonal colors of a big band, with the spontaneity and flexibility of a small group. The Nonet features 6 horns out front, an intuitive rhythm section, and plays original arrangements in a variety of styles and genres all filtered through the 21st century jazz sensibilities of the leader and band members.

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud Media Sponsor of the Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Series.

Evan Sherman Big Band 
WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 7:30PM
Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Morris Museum Members: $18, Non-Members: $20
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The Bickford Theatre's Summer Jazzfest kicks off with the Evan Sherman Big Band, a 16-piece ensemble of jazz veterans and New York's most dynamic young musicians. The big band has been featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rainbow Room, Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, The Django in TriBeca, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, Caramoor Jazz Festival, SteelStacks (PA), and the Perth International Arts Festival (Australia). Sherman, a New Jersey native who started playing professionally at age 13, is a drummer and leader who has toured the world in the bands of Wynton & Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and more. Photo by Ann Yatskevitch.

Summer Jazzfest 2019 at the Morris Museum

WHEN: Thursday evenings starting in July. All show start at 7:30 PM and are reserved seating. 
Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Morris Museum Members: $18 , Non-Members: $20

Evan Sherman Big Band, Thursday, July 11
A 16-piece ensemble of jazz veterans and New York's most dynamic young musicians.

Dan Levinson's Midsummer Night's Jazz Party: Hot Nights in Harlem, Thursday, July 18
A Dazzling Musical Journey to the epicenter of Jazz in the 1920s and ‘30s with Dan Levinson’s Gotham SophistiCats.

Amani: Nat King Cole at 100! Thursday, July 25
The versatile instrumentalists that make-up Amani will recreate the sound of Nat King Cole, who was arguable among the most famous entertainers in the 1950’s and 60’s. 

Grove Street Stompers, Thursday, August 1
Formed in 1959 by band leader and piano player Bill Dunham, this fabulous group’s repertoire includes Dixieland, New Orleans and swing styles with tunes made famous by such greats as Bix, Louies and Jelly Roll Morton.


Singer and comedienne JulieMAC returns to The Corner Bistro with her stellar MAC Trio every first and third Thursday of the month. Stop by for some great grub and music.

WHEN: June 6th and June 20th, 6:00-9:00pm.
WHERE: THE CORNER BISTRO, 477 NJ-10 (in The College Plaza Mall), Randolph, NJ
Call (862) 251-7274 for reservations.

Modern Dance Guest Artist Master Class Series begins Tomorrow!

We are proud to announce our new studio space, HeART in Motion, co-directed by Nikki Manx and original company member, Laura Van Dyke. Come dance with us! We have classes for all ages and levels.

Guest Artist, Randy James, will kick off this summer's Tuesday 10am Master Class Series tomorrow, which will continue on Tuesdays at 10am, culminating with NMDP!

Register HERE


WHERE: The Performing Arts Building, 12 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, Ridgewood


By James Lapine
directed by PST Artistic Director Daniel Krane

WHEN: Thursdays-Sundays from June 20-30
Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, Princeton
TICKETS: $29.50 General Admission, $24.50 Students and Matinees. Full-season subscriptions are available for $79.
For tickets and more information, visit, call 732-997-0205, or send an email at

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising brings the state of LGBTQ+ rights in America to the forefront of the national conversation, Princeton Summer Theater will open its 2019 Season on June 20 with William Finn and James Lapine’s timeless and timely Falsettos.

A reworking of two earlier one-act musicals by Finn, Falsettos begins a decade after Stonewall, during the heyday of chaise-lounge therapy and “banana-carrot surprise.” The first act, set in 1979 and written in 1981, chronicles the shifts in family dynamics that arise after New Yorker Marvin (Michael Rosas), leaves his wife Trina (Bridget McNiff) for another man (Whizzer, played by Dylan Blau Edelstein). This breezy turmoil develops into something darker in the second act, written in 1991, which skips forward two years and finds the play’s characters unwittingly facing the beginnings of the 1980s AIDS crisis.

Because its two acts were written a decade apart, Falsettos uniquely captures the epidemic’s sudden and devastating spread while remaining true to its charming, flawed, and compassionately-drawn cast of characters. Uniting both acts is a high-energy, rhythmically complex score, described as “unusually intricate and interesting” by Musical Director Amber Lin.

But despite Falsettos’ deep roots in the late seventies and early eighties, many of its conflicts--from divorced parents duking it out over a child’s coming-of-age celebration to a family coming together during a serious illness--resonate even today. While working on the show, Krane drew heavily on his own experiences, remarking that “[a]s a queer, Jewish man living in New York, [directing Falsettos] has been one of the most special experiences of my life.” Framing the story as a coming-of-age tale about “found families,” Krane has centered his production around the notion of “play.” Outfitted in colorful costumes in a set that simultaneously recalls a yuppie high-rise and a child psychiatrist’s office, the musical’s characters fight, make up, and fall in love, using toys to physicalize their complex interpersonal conflicts.

Krane’s unique blend of buoyant play and thoughtful consideration of human experience is also an excellent encapsulation of Princeton Summer Theater itself. Founded by three Princeton undergraduates in 1968, the company has delighted audiences with top-quality productions by the next generation of promising young performers and designers. Named “New Jersey’s Favorite Small Theater” in 2018, it has been lauded as “summer stock with a Princeton pedigree.”

Falsettos will be followed by three other productions in a season which promises to explore love in all its forms, including:  Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Suan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog. The company will also premiere an original children’s show by Princeton alumna Annika Bennett entitled Puck’s Midsummer Mischief.


DJs Unite Vol. 6 for a Cause

WHEN: June 22, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until close
Beachcomber Bar and Grill in Seaside Heights

DJs Unite will host DJs Unite Vol. 6 to raise money for two great local charities, Ma Deuce Deuce (MA22) and Toms River Field of Dreams (TRFOD).

MA22 is a veteran advocacy non-profit organization 501(c)3 which raises awareness of the “22 daily Veteran suicides” epidemic as well as provides Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a diversity of restorative and therapeutic programs/non-profit organizations at no cost to the veteran.

TRFOD is a project with a mission to encourage and engage the communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, with a focus on those with special needs, in physical and social activity by building a community complex to provide opportunities for all individuals of all ages and all abilities to engage, explore and socialize together.

There will be an array of local DJs all from New Jersey that will be using their talents to entertain all who join the festivities. All have set time aside to showcase their talents to help raise money for these great charities. DJs include: DJ Canosa, DJ Dante Cioffi, DJ EDUB, DJ Frost, DJ Joe Della (Joe Rutzler), DJ Nicky G, DJ Kells Bells, DJ Chuckie G (Chuck Gookins), DJ Bravo (John Meyer), DJ Redrum, DJ Wreck It Ralph and DJ Steve-O. Chris Sneed (aka DJ Vijionz or MC Sneed) will be MCing along with MC BJ and a special guest appearance by radio personality Andy Chase.

A love of music drives all the DJs that convene for these gatherings. “They all will donate their personal time to make the event an overwhelming success,” said Chris Sneed, Founder of DJs Unite. “These DJ's use their talents to make a living, but did not hesitate to give back when called upon. We may not all have the same methods or musical styles, but together music unites us for great causes.”

There will be three raffles and a 50/50 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with ticket sales starting at 1:00 p.m. Prizes include Toms River Field of Dreams: Paver—worth $250 (A business or family can place their business card or note on the paver, the paver is placed along the entrance of the facility TRFOD is building); Home Plate—worth $1,000 (An actual home plate will be placed at entrance of facility on which a business card, picture or quote can be placed); Blue Claws tickets; Coors Light Patio Umbrellas; Lamp Heaters; Miller Lite Cooler; Golf Bag; Mac Computer; and $1,000 vacation voucher. Must be present to win.

An additional late-night raffle drawing and a 50/50 raffle will take place around 10:30 p.m. Prizes for the late-night drawing include t-shirts, gift cards and another $1,000 vacation voucher. The ticket sales for the evening raffle and 50/50 will begin at 7:30 p.m. Again, must be present to win.

About DJs Unite

DJs Unite originally started with a group of fellow DJs getting together to do something they love, making people smile through music. Founder Chris Sneed, along with Joe Rutzler, Chuck Gookins and John Meyer, arranged five different gatherings between 2009 and 2013. In 2019, the founder and other DJs, with the help of Alison Celentano and Shannon Volpe, were ready to take on putting together the collective of fellow DJs again, six years since the last and added the fundraising aspect to the event.

La Vie Galerie LLC presents “For The Children” Exhibit, “Beyond the Swirl” Book Signing

WHEN: June 23, 2019 through July 12. 2019 with the Book Signing, Opening Reception, and children’s program on June 23. 2019 from 12 – 4 pm
La Vie Galerie LLC, 106 Naylon Ave. in Livingston
(917) 621-7255

La Vie Galerie LLC presents a new exhibit geared specifically for children—For the Children—featuring art and photography by 14 talented artists selected specifically for their children’s related art.

La Vie Galerie LLC is a multi-room gallery which exhibits emerging, mid-career, and established artists creating contemporary paintings, fine art photography, sculptures, ceramics, and jewelry. The mission of the La Vie Galerie LLC is two-fold: to provide its artists greater exposure to a new market and to present special exhibits pertaining to social issues to educate the viewer through visual arts.

Excitement will electrify the air on June 23rd at the book launch and signing of Beyond the Swirl by Lester Blum, illustrated by renowned International artist, Chi Fung Wong. The book which is an exhilarating adventure for all ages was written for ages 6-12. Join Alex and his sister, Cathy as they embark upon a flight of fantasy filled with mystery, drama and suspense. Travel with them through three diverse time periods in the amazing pre-historic world where gigantic creatures—the Dinosaurs—ruled. 

The book, with factual information, will stimulate the imagination of children as well as adults. The reader will be enchanted, amazed and touched by their many escapades as they traverse this land of predators and prey in their struggle to survive as they make their way back home.

Fantasy or reality—it is up to the reader to decide. 

Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Sunday, June 16, 2019


Appalachian Spring

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 2019 (rain date is June 23, with an indoor performance if it rains both days) *Performance begins at 8:30pm, gates open at 7:30pm
Somerset Lake and Game Club, 455 Lake Road, Far Hills, NJ
TICKETS: $65 general LAWN SEATING; parking pass $10; reserved seating $100
Tickets and info here

Appalachian Spring may be the most instantly recognizable work in all American music.  Aaron Copland composed it in 1943-44 in response to a commission from Martha Graham and Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge for “a ballet on an American theme”.  It was an instant success when Martha Graham and her troupe first danced it at the Library of Congress in October 1944. 

The following year, the conductor Artur Rodzinski asked Copland to rearrange the score as an orchestral suite, and Copland did this in the spring of 1945 while staying at a cottage on the Claremont estate on Bernardsville Mountain.  The original 13-instrument ballet score now became a full orchestral score, somewhat shorter than the ballet, and that is how it will be heard when Music in the Somerset Hillsbrings it home to the Somerset Hills on Saturday, June 22. 

This concert, which will also feature works by Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber (Copland’s longtime friends and companions at Claremont), is dedicated to a singular moment when the originality and creativity of American music reached what many might say was its zenith …... on Bernardsville Mountain in the spring of 1945. 

Those with lawn seats are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs. All ticket holders are free to come early, bring a picnic and your beverage of choice, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings for the hour before the performance begins at 8:30.

Saturday, June 15, 2019


UNITY ANNEX: 952 Stuyvsant Avenue, Union, NJ

Nan Carter wants to leave her husband Kyle—leave him tied up in a hunting cabin, covered with honey, and ready for bear In this smart revenge comedy.

BEAR is the second play in our SUMMER FEST 2019 Season,
generously hosted by UNITY BANK and supported by:

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Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by William Finn

By Ira Levin

By William Shakespeare
in a new adaptation by Maeli Goren

By Suzan-Lori Parks raves: "Professional summer stock with a Princeton pedigree does not disappoint."

2018 People's Choice: "Favorite Small Theater"

$70 four-show subscription with code MANIAFULL (Reg. $79)
$60 three-show subscription with code MANIAPARTIAL (Reg. $65)

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. We now also have an extra Wednesday performance on the second week of each run!

  • Falsettos by William Finn and James Lapine: June 20-23, 27-30
  • Deathtrap by Ira Levin: July 4-7,11-14,17-21
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: July 25-28, July 31-August 4
  • Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks: August 8-11, August 15-18


Touching Down at NJ Rep: VOYAGER ONE, A World Premiere

Voyager One
a world premiere by Jared Michael Delaney
directed by Evan Bergman
starring Joseph Carlson, Daven Ralston, and Mare Akana

WHEN: arrives on June 20 and orbits Long Branch thru July 21, 2019; Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.
: New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch
For tickets call 732-229-3166 or visit 

In the far future, a discovery is made which upends everything humanity has been led to believe. Meanwhile, in the recent past, two researchers on the Voyager One Golden Record Project find themselves on a journey across the universe where rock 'n roll never dies and love lives on.

(Left: Daven Ralston and Joseph Carlson)

Photo credit: Andrea Phox


Directed by Nicholas J. Clarey
Presented as part of the "Pop-Up Pocket Theatre Productions" Series

WHEN: June 22, 2019, 7:00PM
BOOK HOUSE, 281 Essex St., Millburn, NJ, 07041
TICKETS: Suggested Donation $5
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  • David Wren Hardin
  • Andrea Kelly
  • Maryann Galife Post
  • Mari L. Hayes
  • Alyssa Enid Gonzalez
  • Celeste Post
  • Kayla Stewart
  • Molly GIlman
  • Caitlyn M. Roper


In Jake's Women, Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females.


interACT is the theatre in residence at The Baird Cultural Arts Center in South Orange, NJ. In 2019, the entire Baird building is closing for extensive renovations and will remain closed for three to five years until the project is complete. During this time, we are proud to have the support of local businesses, the Book House in millburn (, and others in allowing us to perform our pop-up pocket productions in their spaces. If you or anyone you know has a space that would be willing to house us for a reading or other pop-up pocket productions, please contact Artistic Director Nick Clarey at

This program 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 and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

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