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WHEN: June 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 15, 16, & 19, 2016 WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
A Chorus Line is being directed by Jose de la Cuesta, whose outstanding production of Dreamgirls last month played to sold-out houses. The Axelrod is delighted to have a top-flight cast in place as we mount this great musicals of musicals, the Pulitzer Prize-winning show about putting on a musical with a score by the great Marvin Hamlisch and Ed Kleban.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 29 at 8 PM TICKETS: $46 to $68
World-renowned guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli was hailed by the Boston Globe for "reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz." Sir Paul McCartney himself asked Pizzarelli to reimagine and rerecord his own songs, and Midnight McCartney is the joyous result. The John Pizzarelli Quartet will perform the new album composed of his superlative arrangements of classic McCartney tunes like "Silly Love Songs," "No More Lonely Nights," "My Valentine" and "Hi Hi Hi."
Comedian and Off-Broadway star Judy Gold presents her Drama Desk-nominated show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Part memoir and part stand-up routine, this hilarious and affecting play breaks down just what makes Jewish mothers so lamentable, laughable, and lovable. As Time Out New York puts it, "Gold's show is a genuine mitzah." CLICK FOR TICKETS
PLUS SEE JUDY FOR
An Evening of Stand Up with Judy Gold WHERE: House of Independents, Asbury Park WHEN: Friday, July 8, 7pm & 9 pm TICKETS: $25 (in advance)
Featuring Broadway stars of Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project returns to the Axelrod by popular demand. Backed by a five-piece band, the quintet of singers brings unparalleled authenticity and vocal excellence to recreate-and in some cases entirely reimagine-great American pop and rock tunes The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.
WHEN: August 16, 17, 18, 8 PM; August 20, 9 PM; August 17, 21, 3 PM TICKETS: $36 to $66
Co-created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes features five professional actors putting "exciting new spins" on classic borsch belt jokes, in a show that The New York Times called "hilarious" and "magnificent." Quit your kvetching and come for an outrageous evening of one-liners, double-entendres and hysterical routines sure to triple you over with laughter!
With music by Sir Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London's West End some ten years ago, becoming one of the most beloved musicals of our time. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/'85 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true. The story follows Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. Featuring an exciting score, sensational dance and a powerful story that has captivated audiences around the world, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.