Friday, May 27, 2016

10% ON ALL TICKETS TO 10 SELECT SHOWS OFFERED THIS WEEKEND @ UCPAC IN RAHWAY


In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, UCPAC will be offering a 10% discount on all tickets to 10 select shows.

Discount is available now and will end at 11:59pm on Monday, May 30th. No coupon code necessary!

Discounted Shows Include:
Narnia The Musical
The Skivvies
Almost Queen & Unforgettable Fire
The Italian Chicks
Bebe Neuwirth
The Best of The Second City
Drew Lynch
The Pillowman
Sinbad
Vanessa Williams

The staff UCPAC wishes you a safe & happy holiday weekend!

*Discount codes are not retroactive and cannot be applied to past purchases*


Upcoming Shows

Becky Pine

Latin Comedy Night

Wine & Cheese Party

In Search of God

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Box Office: 732.499.8226  -  www.ucpac.org

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

“ART IN THE PARK” RETURNS TO WEST END PARK IN LONG BRANCH FOR 18TH ANNUAL EVENT

ART IN THE PARK

WHEN: Sunday, May 29, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
WHERE:
West End Park in Long Branch, corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues 
ADMISSION: free

If you’re an art lover (or artistically inclined person) who lives in and around the New Jersey Shore, you probably couldn’t wait to put away winter’s drab watercolors — and to welcome Memorial Day Weekend 2016, while enjoying a day of light, color, activity, music, friendly people and good times in the arts-friendly fresh air of an exciting new season.

Returning for an 18th annual edition, the annual Art in the Park event transforms the corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues into one of the largest outdoor art happenings in the state; an art and artisanal crafts fair that emphasizes unique and original works over commercially produced “craft sale” merchandise.

West End Park COLORSponsored by the Long Branch Arts Council and Long Branch Historical Association, with support from the City of Long Branch, Art in the Park takes place in a sunlit seaside setting that’s just one block from the beach — and within strolling or rolling distance to an eclectic menu of restaurants, taverns and eateries.

As if that weren’t enough to love, there’s also plenty of free parking in the neighborhood — but according to Art in the Park coordinator Mare Akana, the real secret of the event’s success is the fact that “ the artists love it too…and that really comes across.”

“Since all sale proceeds go directly to the participating creators, Art in the Park has become a ‘must’ event for regional artists,” explains Akana, herself a gallery-exhibited sculptor. “So anyone who’s shopping for something unique for their home or as a gift can choose from some first-quality work…and talk to the people who created it, person to person.”

Art in Park 2015 COLORLast year’s edition was among the most successful ever, with hundreds of visitors and more than 60 participating artists enjoying beautiful weather, live music and all-around good vibrations.

For Art in the Park 2016, a contingent of first-timers will be joining dozens of returning painters, sculptors, jewelry designers and photographers — as well as The Paul Marino Band, who will once again provide live entertainment through the afternoon on the park’s outdoor stage.

“Our artists make the trip here from four states,” Akana explains. “On behalf of everyone involved, we’re ready to put on a fantastic event that holds all the passion and promise of the new season.”

The Long Branch Arts Council is a partnership dedicated to working with the city government, civic and business organizations and the arts community to re-establish the City of Long Branch as a thriving regional center for the arts. Our aim is to accomplish this goal by attracting artists and arts organizations, by coordinating fundraising and development efforts, by establishing arts education programs, and by presenting arts-oriented events that draw upon the natural resources, accessibility, historic assets and “people power” that are unique to our beloved city.

DRAMA INSPIRED BY INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING TO PLAY @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE IN NEW BRUNSWICK

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WHEN: a pair of 8 p.m. performances June 3 and 4, with post-play discussions to follow each night.
WHERE:
George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
ADMISSION: Admission is free, but reservations are recommended as seating is limited.
To reserve seats, please visit www.georgestreetplayhouse.org or call the box office at 732-246-7717.

Terra Incognita is an absurd dark comedy about a New Jersey family. Joseph and Lena have just paid off their mortgage and are looking forward to a bright and beautiful future until they discover that the underground gas storage tank in their backyard is leaking. Suddenly, their life becomes a labyrinth of complex, bizarre and illogical attempts to clean up the fuel-soaked soil beneath their home and prevent it from contaminating the groundwater and their marriage.

The play is directed by Jim Jack, Director of Education and Outreach at George Street Playhouse, and features Matt Baguth, Di Shawn Gandy, Kym Gomes, Frances Pu and Dave Seamon.

Terra Incognita will be followed by a “TalkBack” discussion with a panel of local journalists and community members, allowing for the questions and views raised in the production and the stories, to be discussed in a post-show dialogue touching on homeownership, responsibility and the toxic legacy that affects us all. Be a part of the conversation by following The Center for Investigative Reporting on Twitter (@Reveal) and Facebook (facebook.com/ThisIsReveal).

This StoryWorks production from George Street Playhouse and The Center for Investigative Reporting is inspired by the NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams investigative reporting series, "Toxic, NJ," reported by correspondent Brenda Flanagan. The series is part of Dirty Little Secrets, a collaborative reporting project investigating New Jersey’s toxic legacy. Participating news partners include New Jersey Public Radio/WNYC, WHYY, NJTV, NJ Spotlight, Jersey Shore Hurricane News, WBGO, New Brunswick Today and the Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies. The Dirty Little Secrets project is coordinated by The Center for Investigative Reporting with help from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State, with support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. More information about the series can be found at www.toxicnj.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CHILDREN’S THEATER COMING TO PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE

 

SEUSSICAL
WHEN:
Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 10AM
WHERE: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn
TICKETS: All tickets are only $12.75.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.

Theatreworks USA For ages 5 & up

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight!


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A SPECIAL AUTISM-FRIENDLY PRESENTATION

 

 

 

 

HENRY AND MUDGE 
WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 10AM Theatreworks USA For ages 4 & up

Sometimes it's tough being a kid, but life is a lot easier and a lot more fun when you've got a great big canine buddy to share your adventures! Follow the exploits of Henry and Mudge in this musical based on Cynthia Rylant's best-selling books.

An Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team. 

 “Meet Your Seat” Open House  Friday, June 10, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Major funding for autism-friendly programs is provided by the Merck Foundation, with additional support from C.R. Bard Foundation, The Karma Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Nordstrom, and PSEG Foundation.

ROBUST ARTS PROGRAMMING FROM PUSHCART PLAYERS: BOOK A PROGRAM FOR YOUR SCHOOL NOW!

Enhance your existing theater arts education program, or BUILD A NEW ONE with

PUSHCART PLAYERS

A robust arts education is an effective and extremely powerful way to generate: Student Achievement, Student Engagement, School Climate & Culture, and Parent Involvement.

Pushcart provides:

Outstanding Professional Assembly Programs

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Innovative Curriculum Supporting Theater Programs 

CREATIVE DRAMA WORKSHOPS

On-school-time or after: Students develop self-awareness and confidence in dramatic play and self-expression through Theater Exercises, Games, Storytelling and Improvisation Technique.

DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DRAMA RESIDENCY

On-school-time: Over a period of 4-12 weeks, students experience a more in-depth Creative Drama program that fosters an understanding of theater and creates a proficiency in expression. Curriculum inclusion in early grades sets the stage for the ability to act and interact in any life situation.


Young people benefit from theater by doing it!

KIDS DO BROADWAY

Student productions directed by Pushcart directors and teaching artists. Over an average period of 12 to 16 weeks, familiar Broadway favorites are designed, costumed, rehearsed and presented by students with the involvement of teachers, parents, and camp counselors.

PUSHCART Jr.

Scripts originally produced by Pushcart and in our repertoire are adapted for schools and other groups to be performed by youth ensembles of up to 50 students. Directed by Pushcart faculty, or licensed to organizations for self-production.

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Leading Teaching Artists engage Students and Teachers to Create, Perform, Respond and Connect

WHY TEACH THEATER IN SCHOOLS?

  • Theater is SCIENTIFIC and MATHEMATICAL.
  • Theater is a FOREIGN LANGUAGE and HISTORY.
  • Theater is PHYSICAL EDUCATION and TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS, LANGUAGE ARTS and ECONOMICS.

Theater is taught in schools not because you are expected to major in theater, or to become a performer for the rest of your life, and not so you can relax or so you can have fun, but

  • So you will THINK CREATIVELY,
  • So you will recognize BEAUTY
  • and be more AWARE,
  • have more COMPASSION and GENTLENESS, more GOOD...    in short, MORE LIFE.

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Thank you for considering Pushcart Players for your arts education programming!

 

“SINATRA AT THE MOVIES” @ NJPAC THIS SATURDAY

Sinatra at the Movies
with Carole J. Bufford, Marissa Mulder and Billy Stritch
Moderated, with Film Clips, by Will Friedwald

WHEN: Saturday, May 28; doors open 7:30 PM; performance 8 PM

Cabaret stars Carole J. Bufford and Marissa Mulder, accompanied by award-winning jazz pianist and composer Billy Stritch, perform "All the Way," "High Hopes" and other great songs written for Frank Sinatra's three decades as a Hollywood headliner.Sinatra biographer Will Friedwald hosts this unique performance and narrates screening of clips from Sinatra's hit Hollywood musicals.

WHERE:  New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Chase Room, 1 Center Street, Newark NJ
TICKETS: Start at $50

Whether dancing with Gene Kelly in On the Town, singing with Bing Crosby in High Society or shooting dice with Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls, many of our favorite moments with Sinatra are from his vast and storied movie career. Join singers Carole J. Bufford, Marissa Mulder, jazz pianist and composer Billy Stritch and Frank Sinatra biographer Will Friedwald in the intimate, cabaret-style Chase Room as he hosts this unique performance and narrated screening of clips from Sinatra's hit Hollywood musicals.

Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. Billy has appeared in cabaret venues across the nation as well as concert performances at the London Palladium, NHK Hall in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro's Municipale Auditorium. In New York, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and originated the role of Oscar the rehearsal pianist inthe 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Street which starred Christine Ebersole. He is also a songwriter and arranger, and his composition "Does He Love You" was recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. The single reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country chart, winning a Grammy Award and selling over five million copies along the way. Billy has arranged for many top performers and is a frequent collaborator with Liza Minnelli.

Show Page: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/sinatra-at-the-movies

AUDITIONS SET FOR SUMMER SHOW IN DUNELLEN

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Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions is holding auditions for their 2016 summer musical

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

WHEN: Sunday, June 5th, 4:00-7:00 PM and Tuesday, June 7th, 7:00-9:00 PM
WHERE:
St. John the Evangelist Church auditorium, on the corner of Washington Ave. and First St. in Dunellen, NJ.

The show will be directed by Bill Seesselberg.

Performances will be August 19-21 & 26-28 in Washington Park.

Come prepared with 2 pieces of music, 16 bars each, a song from the show and an upbeat show tune. An accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to stay. All readings will be provided.

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form.

The show is a series of brief vignettes showing the ups and downs of all childhood days, from wild optimism to utter despair. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleaser.

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For additional information visit www.DunellenSkylightTheatre.com.

EXPERIENCE A HANDS-ON TOUR OF “THE WILLOWS” @ FOSTERFIELDS THIS SUMMER

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NJPAC ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF 5TH ANNUAL “SARAH VAUGHAN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ VOCAL COMPETITION”

 

NJPAC ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF 5TH ANNUAL


Female vocalists can submit applications online now at sarahvaughancompetition.com

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For the fifth consecutive year, singers from around the world will gather online to compete in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, a 21st century version of the amateur night at the Apollo Theater that helped launch the career of a gifted teenager from Newark, Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, more than 70 years ago.

The only international vocal competition of its kind in the world, the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition culminates in a rousing performance on the final day of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival (November 1-20), a yearly celebration of jazz at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and other venues in Greater Newark. On November 19, the evening prior to the competition, the festival presents a Sarah Vaughan Celebration, featuring the Christian McBride Trio and vocalists Dianne Reeves, Lisa Fischer and Sheila Jordan, in NJPAC's Victoria Theater.

The contest provides a platform for one outstanding jazz singer to gain widespread recognition in the music industry. Past winners include Cyrille Aimée, Jazzmeia Horn (winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition), Ashleigh Smith and Arianna Neikrug.

Beginning the week of May 16, female vocalists can submit an application online at sarahvaughancompetition.com. The public has the opportunity to vote for their favorites by visiting the website. Five finalists, who will be announced on October 18, will perform at NJPAC on November 20 before a panel of judges that will include four-time Gammy-winning jazz bassist and NJPAC's Jazz Advisor Christian McBride, legendary jazz vocalist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Sheila Anderson from WBGO, and Mark Ruffin from Sirius XM.

The competition is open to female vocalists who are 16 years or older and who are not presently signed to a major record label. Singers must submit audio clips online through a website powered by Indaba Music (sarahvaughancompetition.com) by September 12 at 5 p.m.

Think you have what it takes? The judges are looking for vocal quality, musicality, technique, performance, individuality, artistic interpretation and ability to swing. The grand prize winner of the coveted SASSY Award will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a recording deal with Concord Music Group.

The incomparable singer Sarah Vaughan was born in Newark in 1924 and was known as "Sassy" throughout her life for her vibrant personality. After winning the top prize of $10 at the Apollo Theatre's amateur night at age 18 in 1942, she went on to record with the greatest names in jazz, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine and countless others.

The 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition finals will take place on Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m. in NJPAC's intimate Victoria Theater. For tickets, call 1.888.GO.NJPAC (1.888.466.5722) or visit njpac.org.

The TD James Moody Jazz Festival's title sponsor is TD Bank. The festival also is generously supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Special program support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

PODCAST HOSTED BY ALEC BALDWIN AND PRODUCED BY WNYC STUDIOS TO RECORD @ TWO RIVER THEATER IN RED BANK

Are you a fan of Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing podcast on NPR? Here is a special offer for you:

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TWO RIVER THEATER PRESENTS A BENEFIT EVENING: 

Alec Baldwin Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy WNYC StudiosALEC BALDWIN AND KEVIN KLINE: LIVE FROM TWO RIVER THEATER


RECORDED LIVE FOR “HERE’S THE THING,” A PODCAST HOSTED BY
ALEC BALDWIN AND PRODUCED BY WNYC STUDIOS

WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 20, AT 8PM
WHERE:
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: Tickets ranging from $75-$350 are on sale now from 732.345.1400 or www.tworivertheater.org; $350 tickets include an exclusive pre-show reception with the artists beginning at 6:30 pm and premium seats in the Rechnitz Theater. Other benefits of sponsorship include donor recognition on event materials and reserved parking. All proceeds support Two River Theater’s programs.

Kevin Kline - HeadshotTwo-time Emmy Award-winner Alec Baldwin (Above. 30 Rock, A Streetcar Named Desire, Glengarry Glen Ross, It’s Complicated) and two-time Tony Award-winner and Oscar-winner Kevin Kline (Left. The Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, Sophie’s Choice, A Fish Called Wanda) will share the stage of Two River’s Rechnitz Theater in this one-night event.

WNYC Studios’ “Here’s The Thing” is a podcast series of intimate and honest conversations hosted by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin talks with artists, policy makers and performers—to hear their stories, what inspires their creations, what decisions changed their careers, and what relationships influenced their work. For more information, visit http://www.wnyc.org/shows/heresthething/.

Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Monmouth University, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Meridian Health/Riverview Medical Center, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Saker ShopRites, Investors Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo, William T. Morris Foundation, US Trust, Brookdale Community College, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.


Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, creates great American theater performed by award-winning artists. We produce American and world masterpieces, and new plays and musicals. Two River Theater offers new-play commissions and artistic development activities that support the most adventurous artists in the American theater; invites its audience to be part of the creative process through readings and open rehearsals; and cultivates students and young people to participate in innovative arts-education programs and become a new generation of theatergoers. Founded in 1994 by Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, Two River Theater is easily accessible by car, train, or bus, with great restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the theater. For more information, visit tworivertheater.org or call 732.345.1400.

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WHERE: Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank