Thursday, April 14, 2011


At the end of the month, UCPAC presents two beloved shows, one a staple of American Musical Theater and the other a classical ballet. Check it out. Bring the kids!

Union County Performing Arts Center presents

The National Touring Production of The Music Man
WHEN: Thursday • April 28, 2011 • 8:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $60, $50, $40 & $32 (Ticket prices include all fees.)

This splendid full-length production of the perennial Broadway favorite follows fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River city, Iowa into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boy's band he vows to organize—despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef! When he falls for Marian, the town librarian, chaos ensues as the townsfolk get wind of his scheme.

Filled with classical musical fun, tender romance and favorites including ''Ya Got Trouble,'' ''Seventy-Six Trombones,'' ''Goodnight My Someone,'' ''Gary, Indiana'' and ''Till There Was You,'' THE MUSIC MAN is the perfect All-American Musical!

Union County Performing Arts Center and NJ Ballet present
New Jersey Ballet's SWAN LAKE Act II
WHEN: Saturday • April 30, 2011 • 8:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $37, $32, $27 & $22 (Ticket prices include all fees.)

Swan Lake is among the most popular and enduring of all classical ballets. The story resonates with romance, mystery and heartbreaking betrayal. The music is considered by many to be Tchaikovsky’s loveliest score, and it is said that the great composer may have had more than a little to do with the libretto as well. Act II is the heart of the story. In it, Prince Siegfried meets the Swan Queen, Odette. She tells the Prince that she is really a Princess who has been turned into a bird by an evil sorcerer. The spell can only be broken when a man whose heart is pure pledges his love to her. As they dance, she becomes more and more human and the Prince falls in love. Just as he about rescue Odette, the sorcerer appears and whisks her away. The other swans dance upon the lake, preventing the Prince from following, and soon Siegfried is alone again by the side of Swan Lake.

Union County PAC and NJ Ballet present
New Jersey Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY
WHEN: Sunday • May 1, 2011 • 3:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $22 & $15 (Ticket prices include all fees.)

The quintessential classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty delivers high drama, tender romance and glorious Tchaikovsky music which have made it a favorite with adults and children for more than 100 years. The ballet is filled with familiar characters, including Princess Aurora, the Handsome Prince, the King and Queen and their splendid Royal Court, as well as characters from the fairy realm: the Lilac Fairy, the wicked Carabosse, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, the Blue Bird and the Enchanted Princess.

One of New Jersey Ballet’s Matinees for Kids & Families, the ballet is performed with New Jersey Ballet’s original “storyteller” narration so even the littlest theater-goer can keep up with ease. Sleeping Beauty is a splendid introduction to dance theater for young people and enjoyable entertainment for the whole family