Wednesday, August 6, 2014


It’s a busy weekend coming up at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway: three concerts, two classic films and the search for New Jersey’s Best Musical Theatre Voice.


  • Thur. Aug. 7, 7:30 PM. PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE at Mayor’s Summer Concert Series. UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. Free admission.

    1970s country-rock hitmakers (Amie, Bustin’ Out, Two Lane Highway, Just Can’t Believe It, Pickin’ to Beat the Devil) Pure Prairie League bring their timeless blend of bluegrass and ballads to an outdoor streetfest, with pedal steel wizard and Marshall Tucker Band sideman Tom Hampton opening.


  • Fri. Aug. 8, 8:00 PM. MINT CONDITION, with Brooke Alford and The Clique. UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. TICKETS: $55, $45, $35, $30.

    Condition’s fiery blend of rock, funk, Latin, jazz and scintillating vocals carries forth the tradition of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Meters, War, Commodores and other giants of the R&B Neo-Soul style. Violinist Brooke Alford and hiphop ensemble The Clique open.


  • Sat. Aug. 9, 8:00 PM. TRIBUTE TO R.D. BURMAN, INDIA’S SUPREME FILM COMPOSER, featuring Mahalaksmi Iyer, Jolly Mukherjee. UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. TICKETS: $109, $59, $39, $29.

    Vocalists Mahalaksmi Iyer and Jolly Mukherjee headline a star-studded tribute to Indian film composer R.D. Burman, who created scores for over 300 Bollywood productions.


  • Sun. Aug. 10, 7:00 PM. CLASSIC FILM SERIES: Hook, Line and Sinker and Block Busters. UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. TICKETS: $5 at the door.

    Step back in time to carefree comedies featuring Wheeler & Woolsey (1930’s Hook, Line and Sinker) and The East Side Kids (1944’s Block Busters).


  • Sun. Aug. 10, 4:30 PM. FEARLESS ICON VOCAL CONTEST AUDITIONS — singers audition for right to be the Best Musical Theatre Voice in New Jersey. Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway. Free admission.

    American Idol meets Glee — that’s the essence of the new Fearless Icon talent competition seeking the Best Musical Theatre Voice in New Jersey.

    First-place prize? The winner gets to sing the dream role of their favorite musical theatre show.

    Fearless Productions, a Rahway theatre company, will purchase full stage rights and present the winner’s chosen play at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage in Summer, 2015.

    “The heart of musical theatre is a character giving everything they’ve got to achieve their dream,” says Fearless Productions founder Brian Remo. “With Fearless Icon, every contestant puts that heart and that power on stage to live their own theatre dream.”

    Three open auditions in South, North and Central Jersey will select 100 singers to compete in 10 elimination rounds during September and October. Semi-finals take place Dec. 1, finals on Dec. 14, both at UCPAC Mainstage.

    The Fearless Icon competition is open to anyone age 16 and up who resides in, or was born in, New Jersey. There is no entry fee. For more details see