Thursday, January 31, 2013

OOH! LA LA! FANCY NANCY TAKES bergenPAC BY STORM!

Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood presents

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Based on New York Times Best Seller Book

WHEN: Sunday, February 17, @ 1 PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood
TICKETS:
$39, $29, $19
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or
Box Office 201.227.1030

Fancy Nancy is a 2005 children's picture book written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The book spent nearly 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, launching a series that now numbers 50 books, selling 20 million volumes. Fancy Nancy has been on Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list for picture books, was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a Junior Library Guild Selection. It also won a "Borders 2006 Original Voices" award and has been translated into 18 languages, including Hungarian and Hebrew. In April 2012, Nancy was featured in her first chapter book, Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth. Books in the Fancy Nancy series have now spent almost 300 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and in the fall of 2012, Fancy Nancy became a musical, produced by the Vital Theatre in New York City.

Fancy Nancy is a young girl with a larger than life personality, who adores all things fancy. She always dresses extravagantly, wearing boas, tutus, ruby slippers, fairy wings, and fuzzy slippers. Nancy loves using big fancy words such as "iridescent", "ecstatic", and "extraordinary" and anything in French. She has redecorated her bedroom with everyday items, such as feather boas, Christmas lights, paper flowers, and hats. Her favorite doll is named Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. Nancy captures hearts by nearly getting caught up in the glitter, but, in the end, always discovering what's truly important.

In Nancy's opinion, her family is ordinary and dresses rather plainly, so Nancy decides to hold a class in the art of fanciness for her family. They oblige, and Nancy helps to dress them in bows, ornaments, top hats, and gaudy scarves. "Ooo-la-la!" Nancy cries in delight. "My family is posh! That's a fancy word for fancy."

Fancy Nancy and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is positive, that's fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted?

CONCERT CELEBRATES MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE PERIOD

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BASICALLY BAROQUE

WHEN: Friday, February 8,  8 PM
WHERE:
Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge
TICKETS: free and refreshments are available at intermission.
Seating is limited so it is important to call in advance for reservations at
732.634.0413.
The Art Center is handicapped accessible and welcomes all.

The All Seasons Chamber Players will use its beautiful 2-manual Flemish harpsichord in combination with flute and strings for a celebration of music from the Baroque period.

The program will include Corelli’s Sonata da Camera in D Major; Maria Anna
Martinez’s Sonata da Cimbalo in G Major for flute & continua; two works for cello and harpsichord by Tartini and Frescobaldi; and Telemann’s Parisian Quartet in G Minor. Robert Lawrence, Program Director, will introduce each selection to the audience with personal spoken program notes.

All Seasons performers are professional musicians who also perform with major area orchestras, Broadway shows and summer music festivals. They include flutist Brenda Sakofsky of New City, NY; violinist Robert Lawrence of New York City; cellist E. Zoe Hassman of New York City; harpsichordist Jean Strickholm of Demarest; and harpsichordist Ron Levy of Teaneck.

Now in its 32nd season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 670 concerts throughout the metropolitan area and has been a regular attraction at the Barron Arts Center since 1990. “We are thrilled to return to the Barron Arts Center with its appreciative and friendly audience,” states Jean Strickholm, Co-Director of the ensemble. The ensemble has been heard on Woodbridge Township Television each year, Cablevision’s MetroArts/13 programs and other cable TV stations in New Jersey. Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and
Historic Affairs, the ensemble has received numerous grants from public and private sources. A full schedule of its 23 concerts is listed on its web site:
www.allseasonschamberplayers.org. A printed schedule may be obtained by calling 201.768. 1331.

The concert is sponsored by The Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission chaired by Dr. Dolores Capraro Gioffre with support from Mayor John E. McCormac.

STRUGGLING WITH GRIEF, CHARACTERS DISCOVER A SECRET IN ALLIANCE REP’S NEXT PLAY

WHERE: Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison, New Jersey
Visit their website: http://alliancerep.org/

Since the death of a popular student, both teachers, family and friends alike struggle to process their emotions. Soon a shocking secret is revealed that will change their lives forever.

 

 

Judi Laganga

Anna McCabe

Jason Gillis

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Sebastian Madrigal

 

 

Rachel Brown

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2 IMPROV STARS APPEAR @ bergenPAC

ColinMochrie-BradSherwoodColin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: The Two Man Group

WHEN: Friday, February 8, at 8 PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood
TICKETS: All Tickets Prices are NOW $25
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or
Box Office 201.227.1030

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy.

Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes…. Just like a live version of 'Whose Line'! Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Their high-profile presentations have played to sold-out venues all over the country.

SEE “CASABLANCA” TO LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT @ THE STATE THEATRE

For all you movie lovers out there, this sounds like fun”

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State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present

CASABLANCA
Broadcast on 46’ Screen with Live Orchestral Accompaniment

WHEN: Sunday, February 10,  3 PM
WHERE: The State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS:  $88, $74, $58, $42, $20
Ticket Office: 732.246.SHOW (7469)
Up-to-the-minute information on events and State Theatre news, online at www.StateTheatreNJ.orgShow details

State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present the classic film Casablanca with live orchestral accompaniment by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos returns to the NJSO stage to conduct the Orchestra as the film screens above the stage.

The iconic 1942 romantic film—starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried—is considered one of the greatest films of all time by critics and audiences. Critic Roger Ebert writes that Casablanca’s climax “combines suspense, romance and comedy as they have rarely been brought together on the screen.”

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos’ career spans the worlds of opera, symphony and musical theater. He is music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and general director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. He serves as music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, an extraordinary multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida, and was recently appointed artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival, Oklahoma’s premier music festival.

FEBRUARY JAZZ CONCERT @ LUNA FEATURES MUSIC OF GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: BURKE & VAN HEUSEN

TICKETS: $18 advance, $20 at the door
For Tickets: Call 973.395.5551 or buy online!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AFTERNOON DELIGHT: NAUGHTY TIMES VALENTINE'S VARIETY SHOW RAISES FUNDS FOR UPCOMING SEASON

AFTERNOON DELIGHT
Hosted by Frank Calo

WHEN: February 9, at 4 PM
WHERE: The Saint, 601 Main Street in Asbury Park
TICKETS: $20 and can be reserved by e-mail at blackboxnj@gmail.com or by calling 732.737.7671.
For more information: www.blackboxnj.org.

Afternoon DElightfeatures an incredible variety of entertainment including bawdy songs, skits, dances, sexy poetry and so much more!  There will also be an auction of strange and wondrous naughty and sexy items.  Talent includes local entertainers as well as established artists from NY’s cabaret scene. Perfect event to take a date [or find a new one] or win that one of a kind naughty 'Valentine’s gift for your significant other [or for the new one you just found]! Treat yourself to a great Valentine’s show! This one time only event is not to be missed!

Frank has hosted many Variety and Naughty Variety shows throughout NY and NJ for his company Spotlight On Festivals as well as The Fresh Fruit Festival, Planet Connections Festivity at venues such as Broadway Baby Bistro, Don’t Tell Mama and Jan Hus Playhouse to name a few.  At one event that took place at the Monster Club in Greenwich Village, legendary playwright Doric Wilson of Tosos II said that the show was “The best and most eclectic variety show I have seen in decades!”

The evening will have musical accompaniment by Paul Chamlin and showcase the talents of Teresa Fischer, Amanda Anderson, and many other naughty performers and surprise guests!!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

TIX NO ON SALE FOR CROSSROADS SHOW ABOUT “THE GREATEST”

WHERE: 7 LIVINGSTON AVE. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901
www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org | 732.545.8100

Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:
American Express
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
The Prudential Foundation
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
New Brunswick Cultural Center
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment

NUTTY BY NATURE TO PERFORM VALENTINES-THEMED IMPROV SHOW!

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An evening of improv comedy with a hint of love

WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, at 8:00 PM
WHERE:
NJ School of Dramatic Arts Theater, 593 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield
TICKETS: $10.00. Tickets may be reserved by calling 973.566.9700, Ext 4.

Nutty By Nature has been making audiences laugh throughout the metropolitan NY/NJ area for the past 15 years. In addition to having performed at The NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), The South Street Seaport,12 Miles West, Theater Under the Stars,The Black River Playhouse, Luna Stage, Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores; they were featured on the E! Television/Style Network’s reality TV series, Try My Life. The Herald News called them "Bawdy, brilliant and proof that ingenuity can strike at a moments notice."

Members of the troupe include Troupe Director Paul Acocella of Oldwick, Elaine Brodie of Caldwell, Jody Eiden of Wyckoff, Laura Hartin of Montclair, Matt Hopkins of Elmwood Park, Robin Lewis of Livingston, Rich McDonald of West Orange, Shelly Miller of Mount Olive, Wendy Tiburcio of Montclair, Jackie Valeo of Rutherford and Ted Wrigley of West Orange.

The show is based entirely on audience suggestions! “After all”, says executive director Bob Sapoff, “the only thing better than having a great idea is watching it come to life right before your eyes”! In addition to providing the material for the show, audience members are encouraged to bring their own crazy “props” that the actors will use during the show!

RETIRED LAWYER TRIES HIS HAND WITH PAINTING: EXHIBIT @ KAPLEN JCC ON THE PALISADES

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Art In Retirement:
Right-Brained Art of a Left-Brained Lawyer

Watercolors & Pastels by Norman Rosen

WHEN: February 1-25; Meet-the-Art Reception: Sunday, Feb 3, 1-3 PM
WHERE:
Waltuch Gallery of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly

FebARt2013XPrior to retiring, Norm Rosen enjoyed making little sketches in travel journals he took with him on vacations and trips. Since retiring, he has taken classes at the Old Church Art School in Closter; the Art Center of Northern New Jersey; and with Paulette Cochet, where he currently studies pastel and watercolor. He has exhibited at student shows at the art schools he attends and at juried Bergen Countywide Senior and Diversity art shows.

“Painting absorbs me in a way that most other activities do not,” says Norman. “I lose awareness of my surroundings and become focused on the lines, colors, composition and difficulties of the work. I often draw on my unconscious and enjoy creating both realistic and abstract works. I particularly love organic shapes such as flowers, birds, fish and trees, which permit me to combine realism and abstraction in the same painting.”

Norm has not completely abandoned the left side of his brain while pursing his art, as he still serves as a mediator for the NJ Superior Court and as a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He served as the attorney for the Englewood Board of Adjustment from 1973-2000 and a trustee of the Center for Food Action for many years, including a term as president from 1998-2002.

Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 10 PMm; Friday and Sunday, 9 AM – 4 PM; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays. Admission is free and open to the community. For more information contact Rochelle Lazarus, Waltuch Gallery Director, at 201.408.1409 or visit the JCC website at www.jccotp.org.

BUY 1, GET 1 FREE @ PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE FOR COMEDIC FARCE

Paper Mill Playhouse 22 Brookside Dr. Millburn, NJ 07041
Phone: 973.379.3636 
Email: info@papermill.org

MUSICAL OFFERS PERFORMANCES FOR SENSORY FRIENDLY & GENERAL AUDIENCES ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3

5 performances spaces: Mainstage, Hamilton Stage, The Loft, Front Room and 1591

TheatreWorksUSA's SEUSSICALSEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL

WHEN: Sunday, February 3; Sensory Friendly Theatre performance at 11 AM; general audience performance at 3 PM
WHERE:
Mainstage at UC PAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $8

Sensory Friendly Theatre

Sensory Friendly Theatre performance at 11 AM
a series of live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and related disabilities.

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''Oh, the thinks you can think'' when Dr. Seuss's best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features thirteen actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is TheatreworksUSA' biggest show ever!  

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The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in
this romp through the Seuss classics. When the sweet, good-natured elephant Horton hears a small cry for help coming from a small speck of dust, he promises to rescue and guard it because ''a person's a person, no matter how small.''

On that small speck of dust lives JoJo, an imaginative young Who. JoJo has
astounding ''thinks,'' in which anything's possible, but his parents
believe this creativity is inappropriate for the son of the Mayor of Who-Ville.

Meanwhile, the one-feathered bird, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, desperately
wants Horton to notice her. Maybe, she thinks, she just needs a more
impressive tail. At the same time, the amazingly lazy Maysie La Bird connives, cajoles and convinces Horton to sit on her egg while she goes off on a spree.

Will the planet of Who survive? Will Horton pay attention to Gertrude? Will Maysie ever return for her egg? Dr. Seuss's beloved classic characters find

themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the
power of imagination and the most miraculous ''think'' ever save the day!

SCRIPT-IN-HAND PERFORMANCES OF ANTI-WAR PLAY FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION

Script-in Hand Performances of

PictureBURY THE DEAD
By Irwin Shaw’s 
Directed by Artistic Director Mark Spina (a 2012 best director award by the Star-Ledger)

WHEN: February 1 and 2 at 8 PM, and Feb 3 at 2 PM; panel discussion follows the performances
WHERE:
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ.
TICKETS: $20, may be reserved by calling 973.763.4029 or purchased through The Theater Project website, www.thetheaterproject.org

The time is the second year of the war that is to begin tomorrow night, and the military burial detail goes about its sad duties. A groan is heard from the newly dug graves. The dead soldiers rise up pleading to be allowed to rejoin the living. Word of their insurrection spreads rapidly. The generals, the news media, their families and their sweethearts plead with them to lie down and be buried, but these soldiers will not be so easily forgotten.

“Irwin Shaw’s 1936 social protest play against the brutality of war is unfortunately as relevant today as it was over 75 years ago,” says Theater Project artistic director Mark Spina. “We are working with Madelyn Hoffman of New Jersey Peace Action to set up panel discussions after each performance to stimulate dialogue in our community on this issue.”

New Jersey Peace Action (NJPA) is one of the nation's oldest grassroots organizations dedicated to nuclear disarmament. Founded in 1957 as New Jersey SANE, NJPA is dedicated to finding non-violent resolution to international conflict, reducing and ultimately eliminating all nuclear weapons.

Madelyn Hoffman began her tenure as Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action in August 2000. She directed the Grass Roots Environmental Organization for 15 years and worked with over 200 NJ citizens' groups to address toxic chemical pollution. She was Ralph Nader’s Green Party Vice-Presidential running mate in NJ in 1996 and Green Party candidate for NJ governor in 1997. Madelyn is an adjunct professor of political science, a regular contributor to OpEd News and Bloomfield Life’s “Bloomfield Public Square.”

clip_image001The Theater Project, an award-winning New Jersey theater company presenting at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, is known for presenting outrageous comedy as well as drama with social commentary. Last November, the company tackled marriage equality, presenting a one-night-only reading of “8” by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the play chronicling the historic California challenge to same-sex marriage.

TRTC MOUNTS A SECOND PLAY BY AUGUST WILSON DIRECTED BY RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

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TWO TRAINS RUNNING
By August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

WHEN: February 2-March 3, 2013
WHERE:
Two River Theater Company Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: $37 to $65, with discounts available for groups, seniors, students and patrons aged 30 and under. New this season, Two River has introduced a limited number of $20 tickets for every performance, with no restrictions on when or by whom the tickets can be purchased.
Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or www.trtc.org.

The New York Times RAVES that the work of August Wilson, under the direction of his expert interpreter Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “brings a timely reminder of how consoling, how restorative, how emotionally sustaining great theater can be.”

Don’t miss Two River’s production of Two Trains Running, Wilson’s powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of ordinary people who find community and hope in a Pittsburgh diner amid the turbulent political upheaval and social change of the 1960s.

  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s acclaimed production of Wilson’s The Piano Lesson extended three times at New York’s Signature Theatre.
  • Frank Rich, reviewing the original Broadway production in the New York Times, called Two Trains Running “Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history.”
  • Two Trains Running is part of Wilson’s majestic 10-play cycle about the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century.

Set in Memphis Lee’s restaurant in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1969, Two Trains Running will star Harvy Blanks (West), Anthony Chisholm (Hambone), Chuck Cooper (Memphis), John Earl Jelks (Wolf), Owiso Odera (Sterling), Roslyn Ruff (Risa), and James A. Williams (Holloway).

Expert August Wilson interpreter Ruben Santiago-Hudson most recently directed a critically acclaimed production of The Piano Lesson for Signature Theatre. He made his Two River debut last season with Wilson’s Jitney, which played an extended run. Two Trains Running is the powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of ordinary people who find community and hope in a Pittsburgh diner amid the turbulent political upheaval and social change of the 1960s. It is the seventh in Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle chronicling the lives of African-Americans in each decade of the 20th century. 

This production is sponsored by a grant from the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation. The lead production sponsor is Wells Fargo and the co-sponsors are Brookdale Community College and NJ Transit.

WORLD RENOWNED MUSICIAN TO APPEAR @ SABBATH SERVICES IN LIVINGSTON

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WHEN:  Friday, February 8, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Temple B’nai Abraham , 300 Northfield Road, Livingston (entrance on E. Cedar Street)
This service is open to all, and the community is most welcome to attend. For information call 973.994.2290 or visit the website.

Several times a year, Temple B’nai Abraham’s Shabbat Services are enhanced by special guest musicians, cantors and/or composers, who bring unique musical perspectives to Shabbat Services. Avram Pengas brings his virtuoso guitar to TBA Shabbat Services when he will join Cantor Jessica Epstein on the bima.

Greek born musical arranger, lead guitarist, and bouzouki virtuoso Avram Pengas is a versatile performer who plays popular Israeli hits, exotic Arabic melodies, pulsating Persian and Turkish rhythms, Armenian dances and traditional Yiddish songs. Born in Greece, Pengas is a skilled musical arranger, guitarist, and self-taught bouzouki virtuoso. The bouzouki is a stringed Greek instrument. He creates music that is rooted in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and draws upon Eastern and Western musical elements. Pengas has appeared in New York at El Avram, Café Feenjon, and in 1979, opened his own nightclub, Noga, in the heart of Greenwich Village. He has performed in the off-Broadway production of Hot Klezmer, and can still be heard weekly at SoHo’s Cupping Room Café.

Friday, January 25, 2013

MONTY PYTHON RIDES AGAIN WITH “SPAMALOT” @ THE STATE THEATRE IN NEW BRUNSWICK

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Monty Python’s Spamalot

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 3 PM and 8 PM
WHERE: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $67, $57, $52, $42, $32
Ticket Office: 732.246.SHOW (7469) or visit online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org.

Lovingly “ripped-off” from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the winner of three 2005 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.  
Based on the Tony Award- winning direction of Mike Nichols and the riotous choreography of Casey Nicholaw, Monty Python’s Spamalot features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by the Grammy® Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez.
Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, and one legless knight.
Monty Python’s Spamalot is produced by Stephen B. Kane, Michael McFadden, and Phoenix Entertainment.   

Mike Nichols has been acclaimed as one of the great American directors in film, theater, and television. He has won the Academy Award® and eight Tony® Awards. He received the Directors’ Guild of America Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as a DGA Award for the direction of the HBO® adaptation of Angels in America.

Casey Nicholaw’s outstanding work on Monty Python’s Spamalot earned him nominations for the Tony® Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. He recently won the 2011 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work as co-director of The Book of Mormon. His other Broadway credits include Elf and The Drowsy Chaperone, for which he earned numerous nominations as director and choreographer.

Aside from his work with Monty Python in films and on TV, Eric Idle has written a West End play, Pass the Butler; three novels, including The Road to Mars, The Rutles - A Mockumentary; and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies, appeared on television and crossed America performing comedy on The Greedy Bastard Tour. His diary of his 15,000 mile journey by bus was recently published by Harper Collins, and his long awaited sequel The Rutles2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch was released by Warner Video in March.  
 John Du Prez has composed over 20 feature film scores including A Fish Called Wanda, A Private Function, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, UHF, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II & III. He has worked with Eric Idle since 1978. 
 Monty Python isn’t a person, but a group of British actors and writers (and one American) that performed their famous comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus on the BBC from 1969 to 1974, with subsequent international fame and success.
 This performance is sponsored by Hollywood Tans.

The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre. 

NEW PLAY CHRONICLES FEDERAL TRIAL FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY @ KEAN STAGE: 1 PERFORMANCE ONLY

An unconstitutional proposition. An unprecedented decision. An unforgettable evening.

Kean University's Department of Theatre presents (in partnership with Premiere Stages and the Kean Human Rights Institute)

 

Dustin Lance Black's "8" at Kean University

The American Foundation for Equal Rights & Broadway Impact's

"8"
By Dustin Lance Black
A new play chronicling the federal trial for marriage equality.

Directed by Maureen Heffernan*
Stage Manager - Patrick Starega*
Featuring Daniel Baum*, Rachel Callender, Teresa Choate, Brandon Elia, Todd Fenstermaker*, Jeff Grover*, David Hampson, Cliff Jewell*, Kathleen Kelly*, Gerard Lebeda*, Elio Lleo, Holly Logue*, Joe Mancuso*, Tony Mowatt, Art Neill*, Jackie Neill*, Greg Scalera, Philip Sprayberry, Aaron Todoroff, Larry Tung, Claudio Venancio, Carl Wallnau* & John Wooten*
*denotes member of Actors' Equity Association

 

WHEN: Monday, January 28 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Little Theatre at the Kean University Center, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union
TICKETS: $8, $18, $88
www.keanstage.com or (908) 737-SHOW (7469)

Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights and its federal lawsuit for marriage equality.
www.8theplay.com

Kean University

WILLIE NILE APPEARS SATURDAY NIGHT @ UC PAC’S HAMILTON STAGE

5 performances spaces: Mainstage, Hamilton Stage, The Loft, Front Room and 1591

Willie NileSplit Level Concert Series featuring

WILLIE NILE

WHEN: Saturday, January 26 at 8 PM
WHERE:  UC PAC's Hamilton Stage. 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $25 General Admission

The New York Times called him ''one of the most gifted singer-songwriters
to emerge from the New York scene in years.'' His album Streets Of New York was hailed as ''a platter for the ages'' by UNCUT magazine. He has been called ''a one-man Clash'' (UNCUT) and his critically acclaimed albums have gotten rave reviews around the world. Bono, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises.

Willie Nile is a songwriters' songwriter, and his live performances are legendary. He has toured across the U.S. opening for The Who at the personal request of the band and sang with Bruce Springsteen at Giant Stadium. Bruce recently joined Willie on stage in Asbury Park for Willie's song ''Heaven Help The Lonely''.

2009's House Of A Thousand Guitars has been called by many, ''the best album of his career''. ''They don't make 'em like that anymore? Well, Willie Nile just did! FOUR STARS!''—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Willie's latest album, The Innocent Ones, for River House Records was
released in 2011. It was released in Europe on Oct 11th and the North
American release announcement will be coming soon. The album contains 11
original songs and was produced in New York City by Willie, Frankie Lee,
Stewart Lerman, Steuart Smith (lead guitarist of The Eagles) and Hirsh Gardner.

Willie Nile

DRIVE AWAY THE FEBRUARY BLUES @ MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM

February Events at MAM

Click on purple links for more info.

 

Photo by Mike Peters.<br />

First Friday of the Month

WHEN: February 1, 2 PM
ADMISSION:
Free; Coincides with the MAM’s Free First Fridays

Join us for informal 20-minute gallery talks that provide an in-depth examination of one to two works of art on view in the galleries. Tours led by MAM educators and docents.

 

 

Painting the Pastel Figure

WHEN: Sunday, February 3, 10 AM – 4 PM
TUITION
: $95 Members, $115 Nonmembers
Alex Piccirillo
Register

Working with master pastelist and long- time instructor Alex Piccirillo, students will explore rich and beautiful techniques of drawing and painting the figure. In this one-day workshop students will work from a series of long and short poses, as well as a variety of poses in genre scenes that will challenge and inspire. Bring what supplies you wish to use; students may use pastels, acrylics, oils, or drawing media of choice. Intermediate level and above.

 

Free First Thursday Night

Photo by Mike Peters. <br />

WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 5 – 9 PM
ADMISSION:
Free

The Montclair Art Museum invites you to enjoy a night out at the Museum every first Thursday of the month,* with free admission, live music, a cash bar, and dynamic programming. Offerings will change on a monthly basis, providing something new to see or do at every First Thursday Night. In February, MAM welcomes Studio Montclair for a Slide Night featuring a presentation of their artwork and the rare chance to meet these artists from your community. The Yard School of Art will also present a Draw Along Workshop and we will be screening Montclair the Show, a combination documentary and travel show. See the full schedule of activities.

*October – June

Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by a generous grant from the Roche Foundation and offered in partnership with Egan & Sons.

Photo by Mike Peters

 

Slide Night: Studio Montclair

WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 7 PM
ADMISSION:
Free; Coincides with MAM's Free First Thursday Nights

Drop by Leir Hall for an informal gathering hosted by Studio Montclair. Studio Montclair Inc. is a nonprofit organization of exhibiting professional artists and others interested in the visual arts. Its mission is to promote culture and education in the visual arts and encourage emerging artists. Select images by members will be projected across the screen in a format that makes the presentation concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. This is a rare chance to meet these artists from your community and surrounding area.

 

Make Your Own Valentines (Ages 5+)

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 1 – 3 PM
TUITION
: $30 Members, $40 Nonmembers
Peg Kenselaar
Register
Make meaningful and fun Valentine’s Day cards for parents, grandparents, siblings, or friends! Students will use collage, drawing, and embellishments to adorn hand-made cards.

 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CONCERT @ STATE THEATRE RESCHEDULED

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STRAIGHT NO CHASER RESCHEDULED

NEW DATE: Wed, May 9, at 8 PM
WHERE:
  State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW

NOTE: This is NOT the Straight No Chaser concert scheduled for the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown.

Due to scheduling changes surrounding Straight No Chaser’s new album release, the Straight No Chaser concert originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ has been rescheduled. Original tickets purchased for February 12 are now valid for the May 9th show.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11 AM to 7 PM; Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732.247.7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

GROWING STAGE PRESENTS EAST COAST PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING PLAY

WINGScrop2WITH TWO WINGS
By Anne Negri
Directed by Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director

WHEN: February 1 through February 24 with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM.
WHERE:
The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors.
To place your reservation, please contact the Growing Stage Box Office at 973.347.4946 or boxoffice@growingstage

WITH TWO WINGS is the winner of their 2011-2012 New Play Reading Festival. Also, the play was a recipient of the 2009 Playwrighting Award from the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences playwrighting competition. It was further developed at Write Now (formerly The Bonderman Playwrighting for Youth), a national playwrighting competition and symposium presented by Indiana Repertory Theatre and Childsplay in Arizona.

WITH TWO WINGS takes place in a world where people are born with wings and the ability to fly. The story centers around a young boy named Lyf, who lives a hidden existence in the woods with his parents. One day, a pair of twins, Meta and Taur, stumble upon Lyf’s isolated home. Meta gives Lyf secret flying lessons and Taur begins to ask questions about Lyf’s mysterious family. When Lyf discovers his father’s top-secret invention, he must confront his parents and face a reality that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together. WITH TWO WINGS is a story of trust, taking risks, forgiveness, sensitivity about our differences and most importantly about taking ownership of one’s own story.

WITH TWO WINGS features the talents of five professional equity performers in the cast. P. J. Schweizer of Doylestown, PA, who recently played the role of Hermey the Elf in our production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, returns to our stage as Lyf; Rosemary Glennon of Tewksbury and Josh Carpenter of Queens, NY portraying Meta and Taur. Also in the cast are Lori B. Lawrence of Hackettstown and Sam Kitchin of Sparta playing Mom and Dad.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CHATHAM COMMUNITY PLAYERS SETS AUDITIONS FOR “THE FANTASTICKS”

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AUDITION NOTICE:

THE FANTASTICKS
Frank Licato directs, Patrick Horan is Musical Director

WHEN: Monday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 12, at 7 PM
WHERE:
Stanley Congregational Church at 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham

The production runs May 3 – 18, 2013 at the Chatham Playhouse.
Rehearsals to begin during the last week of February.

Please prepare a song (in the style of the show), and bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An Accompanist will be provided. Actors auditioning for the roles of Henry, Mortimer and The Mute are asked to prepare an appropriate 2 minute monologue. Headshots and resumes are not required but gladly received.

Transporting the audience to a day in September, the narrator, El Gallo, tells a story of love and magic. Two young lovers, Luisa and Matt, must meet in secret, because their fathers, Hucklebee and Bellomy, are sworn enemies. Hucklebee and Bellomy have built a wall between their gardens to separate the young people, but Luisa and Matt are sure their love can conquer anything—even a wall—and they will be together forever.

Not everything goes according to plan, however, and ultimately Matt and Luisa venture out into the world alone. Finding themselves at the mercy of a cruel world, they start to wonder: is adulthood nothing but a place of pain and broken dreams, or is happiness waiting somewhere just out of sight?

El Gallo (Narrator): (strong baritone, low A to F above C) Man, 30-50. Seeking a ruggedly handsome, charismatic actor with sex appeal. Should have a facility for verse and excellent comedic skills. Moves very well. Magic skills a plus.

Matt (The Boy): (strong tenor/baritone, low A to F above C) Looks around 20. Seeking a strong actor and singer, energetic, with some dance.

Louisa (The Girl): (strong soprano: low B to high C) Looks 20 or younger, requires very strong acting and singing. Some dance.

Hucklebee (The Boy's Father): (baritones, low A to F (D flat) above C) An ex-Navy chief. A bit sloppy. Seeking a strong character actor. Some dance. Must be able to handle harmony.

Bellomy (The Girl's Father):(baritones, low A to F (D flat) above C) A button-maker. Neat. Seeking a strong character actor. Some dance.

Henry (The Old Actor): Seeking an excellent character actor able to play very old, with strong stage presence. Shakespearean experience an asset. Non-singing role.

Mortimer (The Indian):Henry's sidekick. Seeking an “ageless” character actor with good pantomime ability. Non-singing role. Magic skills a plus.The Mute: Not a mime. Must move very well and have excellent concentration. Magic skills a plus.

If you are interested in still auditioning, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at lesliereagoso@yahoo.com. The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition.

IMPROV CLASS BEGINS @ DREAMCATCHER REP THIS SATURDAY

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Don't miss adult class this Saturday!

IMPROVAPALOOZA

Intro to Improv Comedy for Adults and Teens
Get your comedy groove on while gaining confidence and having FUN!
improv comedy classHave you seen our improv comedy shows and thought "that looks like so much fun"? Do you envy the ease at which some people face a crowd? Are you an actor exploring comedy? If yes, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE... this course is just for you!

GREAT OPPORTUNITY to try improv comedy in this two-hour workshop taught by professional improv master Dave Maulbeck.
The teen class is for grades 7 - 12.
The adult class is for college age and up.

  • NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
  • Learn traditional improv games
  • Develop spontaneity and learn how to shed your inhibitions
  • For actors who want to try another angle on performing
  • Not just for actors: for anyone who wants to develop these skills

Tuition & Registration

WHAT:

 

IMPROVAPALOOZA Info

 

WHEN:

 

ADULTS    Saturday, January 26, 10 AM – 12 PM
TEENS     Saturday, February 2, 10 AM – 12 PM

 

WHERE:

 

Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit     Directions
(entrance on Russell Place, parking lot on Ashwood Ave.)

 

TUITION:

 

$30 in advance
$35 at the door   Register now

Note: enrollment is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.

Meet the IMPROV MASTER on our Web site

 

Opening Friday!

Language Archive is a romantic comedy playing at Dreamcatcher Rep in Summit

Dreamcatcher Rep is proud to be the first New Jersey theatre to present The Language Archive, Julia Cho's hit play that recently ran at both the Roundabout in New York and South Coast Rep in California.

This comedy of the heart explores the mysterious language of love as it weaves together the stories of five people in the throes of love. OC Weekly said that this 2010 Blackburn Prize winner is, "A quirky but ravishingly well-written piece that is smart, funny, deep and tender."

The Language Archive runs 3 weekends only, Jan. 25 - Feb. 10Info  *  Tickets


SAVE 10% (advance only)     Enter code TALKLOVE at checkout

 

 

THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE Info

 

WHEN:

 

January 25 - February 10
Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM

 

WHERE:

 

Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit   Directions
(entrance on Russell Place, parking lot on Ashwood Ave.)

 

TICKETS:

 

$30 adults
$25 seniors 65+ with ID       Seniors, see special date below
$25 students 25- with ID
See discount below. Buy tickets now No fees! 

 

DISCOUNT:

 

Our e-mail friends SAVE 10% (advance only). Enter code TALKLOVE at checkout.

 

Special
Dates
:

 

Fri. Jan. 25 is opening night -- free post-show reception
Sun. Jan. 27 is Senior Sunday -- seniors pay $15 (advance only)
Sun. Jan. 27 free post-matinee talkback with the cast and creative team
Sun. Feb. 3 free post-matinee talkback with an expert plus the cast

Note to season passholders: don't forget to reserve your seats! E-mail us for help

MORE INFO ONLINE:   Our current season   |   The Language Archive

3 SCHOOL BANDS PRESENT FREE JAZZ CONCERT THIS SATURDAY

FREE JAZZ CONCERT
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 6:30 PM
WHERE:
Woodbridge Middle School Auditorium, 525 Barron Avenue, Woodbridge
ADMISSION: Free

The next generation of Central Jersey jazz stars will showcase their newly-honed skills at a free concert in Woodbridge.

JazzHouseKids LogoThroughout January, three Woodbridge Township high school bands have received master-class instruction in advanced jazz techniques by visiting professional musicians from the Jazz House Kids program of Montclair, New Jersey, along with planning support from the office of Woodbridge Township Mayor John E. McCormac.

In addition to hometown musicians from Colonia High School, John F. Kennedy High School and Woodbridge High School, the concert will feature performances by national jazz pros Ted Chubb, Mike Lee and Lee Hogans.

TedChubbTrumpeter Ted Chubb is an esteemed music educator with a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University; from 2006-2011, he toured nationally with the Tony award-winning Broadway show Jersey Boys.

 

 

MikeLeeTenor saxophonist Mike Lee has performed with numerous jazz notables including Rosemary Clooney, Marcus Belgrave, Bobby Watson, Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Marlon Jordan, Johnny Coles and as a member of Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd.

LeeHogansLee Hogans’ trumpet virtuosity spans several jazz and pop idioms; Lee is currently touring with funk legend Maceo Parker and has been heard in concert and on disc with Jay-Z, Prince, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jadakiss, Fantasia, Missy Elliot and more.

The student musicians also received a “rhythm section workout” with tuition from drummers Jerome Jennings, Chris Beck, guitarist Dave Stryker and bassist Mike Karn.

Jazz House Kids is a community-based arts organization with a mission to provide year-round musical, educational and cultural programs to students in grades K-12, teachers, adults and families from diverse backgrounds.

“The idea was to offer a full-fledged jazz residency to Woodbridge students in their school,” says Ryan Maloney, Education Director for Jazz House Kids. “We knew there was a lot of interest in jazz in the schools, and the three band directors from Colonia, JFK and Woodbridge have done a terrific job getting their students ready.”

The classes were made possible by a grant from Kensington Apartments, a Woodbridge Township residential community.

“We are thrilled to have our Township students take part in a program that brings their talent to the next level,” says Mayor McCormac. “It’s a great collaboration, and everyone can see the results at this Saturday’s free concert at Woodbridge Middle School.”